Boddingtons Electrical: How To Use Electrical Safety Gloves

Electrical safety gloves are an essential part of personal protective equipment for anybody working in an energetically charged environment. Such gloves are insulated to protect the wearers from receiving electrical shocks. While other electrical safety products, such as live working matting, are vital for protecting against earth contact, PPE is essential to provide protection against exposed live conductors and areas that are likely to have an earth. Therefore, it’s important to use equipment (such as mats and gloves) in conjunction with each other to provide sufficient protection against the hazards of working with electricity.

Effective electrical safety gloves should have high dielectric and physical strength to protect against shocks. It is also important that they have high levels of flexibility and durability to perform effectively while remaining comfortable to use. Leather over-gloves should also be worn as an extra protective layer and barrier against hazards. Cotton under-gloves also give added comfort in warm or humid conditions.

Use the Correct Glove Class

Here at Boddingtons Electrical, based in Braintree, Essex, we offer a range of glove classes, which can be used according to the specific job you require them for. We offer six different types; each with their own level of protection (range of sizes are available). Each pair is test stamped for working voltages ranging from 500V right up to 36000V, manufactured to EN60903.

When deciding which class to opt for, it’s essential to define the network nominal voltage. This is a figure that must not exceed the maximum operating (working) voltage listed against that class. These are as follows:

Class 00: Working voltage 500V
Class 0: Working voltage 1000V
Class 1: Working voltage 7500V
Class 2: Working voltage 17,000V
Class 3: Working voltage 26,500V
Class 4: Working voltage 36,000V

It’s extremely important that regular users of electrical safety gloves have them tested frequently so that they remain safe to use and maintain their protective properties. It is recommended to test classes 1-4 around every 6 months, while Classes 00 and 0 may only require visual assessment and leakage tests. It must be emphasised that retesting is necessary even if the gloves aren’t used very often, due to the integrity of the material being compromised. Inflating the gloves before use is a good way to inspect for damage or leaks – this can be carried out with our handy pneumatic glove tester.

Here at Boddingtons Electrical, we are proud to provide the best insulated tools to ensure people working with electricity worldwide can do so confidently and safely. You can look at all of our products by browsing our website, or download our product catalogue for an extensive list and more information.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly if you have any further queries!