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Need help? Need help? How to choose the correct electrician gloves? Safety-Rated UK Electrician Gloves Designed by Experts

Working with electricity is extremely hazardous, which is why having proper protective tools is essential. Keep your employees safe by making sure they use electricians’ gloves every time they maintain or repair electrical equipment. Everything in our selection of electricians’ gloves is carefully chosen to provide the highest standard of protection.

As we know that you also have a job to do, we also make sure that they are flexible enough to allow the completion of complex tasks, and will not limit the ability of your employees to do delicate work. Please take a look at our product overview.

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Electrical Safety Gloves Guide

When it comes to electrical work, you cannot take chances - you need to know that you are getting the best. We provide you with a choice of gloves that you can rely on 100 per cent. Although all the gloves we stock are made from the highest quality materials, exactly what type is best for you will depend on the type of work your business handles. Some of the gloves we sell are graded so you can choose ones appropriate for the level of current you are working with. We also stock antistatic gloves which are not designed to offer the same type of protection, but are very effective at protecting delicate equipment such as the innards of computer servers when technicians are working on them.

Electrical Gloves Materials And Properties

You may need gloves that are waterproof or resistant to chemical corrosion. Latex gloves can be vulnerable to damage by oil, but this is not true of all materials used in electricians’ gloves. Make sure you have spare pairs so that if damage does occur for some unforeseen reason, you can quickly replace them and the task can be completed with no temptation to take dangerous risks.

If the places where you work may contain sharp objects, you will need a heavier grade of glove, or an armoured glove to protect you from piercing or slashing damage that could result in an injury. This is even more important in situations where objects damaging the glove could carry a live current.

You will need to choose gloves which not only offer an adequate degree of flexibility, but also provide a strong enough grip for you to be able to do the work you need to do without dropping objects or letting them slip. If the work is likely to involve turning valves, for instance, you may need to be able to exert quite a bit of force through the glove and be confident that it will not start sliding.

Finally, you will need to make sure that the gloves you choose are long enough to offer full protection for the type of work you are doing, and you will need to make sure that they are safe for staff to wear. This means finding out about allergies and choosing hypoallergenic gloves where necessary.

Classes Of Electrical Safety Gloves

EN60903 defines six classes to which gloves can conform. Gloves with a better rating are approved for work under higher voltages. Gloves may need to be protected by an overglove, which will help prevent wear and tear. Once you know the maximum amount of voltage to which a worker will be exposed, you can see which type gloves you will need. Refer to this table to find out which EN 60903 class is right for you:

  • Class 00 – tested at 2500V approved for work under 500 volts

  • Class 0 – tested at 5000V approved for work under 1,000 volts

  • Class 1 – tested at 10000V approved for work under 7,500 volts

  • Class 2 – tested at 20000V approved for work under 17,00 volts

  • Class 3 – tested at 30000V approved for work under 26,500 volts

  • Class 4 – tested at 40000V approved for work under 36,000 volts

Do my Employees Need Electrician Work Gloves?

Employees who carry out tasks working with mains electricity or electrical equipment need hand protection of some kind. That will include electrical rubber gloves, or more heavy-duty, shock proof, electrician gloves. It is also essential to be aware that they may also need various other PPE, such as safety goggles.

When deciding on the type of electrician gloves needed in your workplace, consider the level of voltage protection required, and assess whether you need signage to remind workers to wear PPE when carrying out specific tasks.

What UK Legislation Covers the Use of Electrician Gloves?

If you are in any doubt, the UK Health and Safety Executive sets out guidelines regarding electrical safety at work and also produces a publication Electricity at Work: Safe working practices, which covers issues such as the PPE needed when working with electricity. It specifies that workers should be equipped with electrical gloves insulated as necessary, according to the degree of risk to which they are exposed. You are advised to make yourself familiar with EN388 legislation, which provides clear information regarding the mechanical resistance of electrician safety gloves, and how they are rated.

If you are unsure of the level of PPE required by your workers to carry out their jobs safely, you are advised to carry out a thorough risk assessment. You will need to ascertain all the dangers to which they might be exposed and to minimise all possible risks by ensuring that adequate protection and procedures are in place.

What Are the Best Electrician Safety Gloves for My Business?

It will depend on your circumstances, the type of work being done on your business premises, and the level of risk for your employees. Here are some of our popular electrician work gloves.

  • Electrician gloves – These latex gloves are resistant even at low temperatures, and come in a choice of voltage protection ratings (00 or 0) to protect workers working with either 500- or 1000-volt electricity.

  • Uvex Antistatic Unipur Carbon Safety Gloves – Designed to be shock proof, with a polyamide carbon coating that provides excellent dexterity and grip, these antistatic gloves are highly affordable. The fingertips have a thin elastomer coating to increase dexterity.

Here at Seton, we have a wide range of electrician safety gloves. If you would like to chat about your needs and requirements, feel free to call us and ask our friendly experts for advice.