Do latex gloves conduct electricity?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know do latex gloves conduct electricity.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Latex gloves are not conductive and are often considered an insulator, meaning they do not easily allow electricity to pass through the material. This is why in some cases latex gloves can be used as a layer of protection against electrical hazards.

However, it’s important to note that standard latex gloves, like those used in medical or food service settings, are not designed or rated for electrical work. They are thin and can easily tear or get punctured, which would allow electricity to pass through to the skin.

For electrical work, it’s essential to use insulating gloves specifically designed for this purpose. These gloves are made from materials like rubber that have high dielectric and physical strength, and they are tested to withstand specific voltages. They also come in different classes, each rated for a maximum voltage.

So, while latex gloves do not conduct electricity, they should not be relied upon for protection against electrical hazards unless they are specifically designed and rated for electrical safety. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task at hand.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, and the PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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