While everyone has come to depend on the common electrical utility, it is the job of the professional electrician to understand and maintain it. When under control, electricity offers many benefits, but open circuits are hazardous. As a skilled tradesman, you must protect yourself from injury with the right set of electrical gloves.
Electrical Shock Protection
Sometimes you are forced to work with live circuits. When an electrical current escapes from its intended path, the extra energy will find its way to a new a new conductor. The current may arc and pass through the air or even pass through the human body. A mild shock may be felt as nothing more than a slight tingling sensation, but more serious shocks can lead to cardiac arrest and death.
Rubber gloves are designed to protect against shock by providing you with a layer of insulation. The current cannot pass freely through the rubber housing of the glove without a tremendous amount of force behind it. This helps to redirect the rogue current away from you. Gloves are available in several different classifications. Each higher class provides a greater level of protection and can be identified by the color of the safety label affixed to the outside.
Cuts and Puncture Injuries
Your thick rubber gloves may protect against shocks, but they are ineffective when damaged. Working with metal wires and cutting tools leaves you vulnerable to cuts and puncture wounds. While your hands may recover in time from these minor injuries, your gloves will not simply repair themselves. That is why many chose to add an additional layer to their hand protection.
A heavy workman's glove made out of leather placed over the top of a rubber glove shields you from damage causes by sharp objects. Not only can you firmly grasp the abrasive materials you work with, but your rubber gloves are protected as well.
Stray arcing voltage may cause electrical shocks, but heated conduits are also a hazard. When you have to grab on to faulty wiring, you may find out too late that it is hot. Your outer work gloves should also be capable of protecting your hands from excessive heat. The thick leather should be durable enough to reduce the risk of burns.
Wearing heavy rubber gloves all day long can lead to skin irritation. Sweaty skin rubbing on the inner linings is a deterrent for many. To avoid this complication, some electricians use a light weight disposable glove. These are tight fitting and often include a dry powder that reduces sweat and moisture. They can be worn under your other gloves and offer more comfort for longer work projects.
Your hands are a valuable asset that you need to take care of. Be prepared to face the challenges of your industry with the right safety equipment for the job.