Do leather gloves protect from electric shock?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know do leather gloves protect me from electric shock.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Leather gloves alone do not provide sufficient protection from electrical shock. While leather does have insulating properties, it’s not designed or rated to protect against electrical hazards.

For electrical work, specially designed electrical safety gloves should be used. These are often made from rubber or other insulating materials and are designed to withstand specific voltages. They are rated according to the maximum voltage they can resist.

In fact, leather gloves are often used in conjunction with rubber-insulating gloves in electrical work, but not for the insulating properties. The leather gloves, known as leather protector gloves, are worn over the rubber gloves to protect the rubber from punctures, cuts, and abrasions.

Therefore, while leather gloves can add a layer of mechanical protection to rubber-insulating gloves, on their own, they should not be relied upon for protection against electrical shock. Always use personal protective equipment (PPE) that is specifically designed, tested, and rated for the task at hand.

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