Do nitrile 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 nitrile gloves conduct electricity.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Nitrile is a non-conductive material and does not easily allow electricity to pass through it. This is why nitrile gloves are often used in various industries, including electronics, to prevent static discharge.

However, similar to latex gloves, while nitrile gloves do not inherently conduct electricity, they are not designed or rated for protection against electrical hazards. Standard nitrile gloves, like those used in medical or chemical settings, are thin and could be easily compromised by tears or punctures, allowing electricity to reach the skin.

For tasks involving exposure to electrical currents, it’s crucial to use specifically designed electrical safety gloves. These gloves are made from materials such as rubber that have high dielectric and physical strength, and they’re tested to withstand specific voltages.

So, while nitrile gloves do not conduct electricity, they should not be relied upon for protection against electrical hazards. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) designed for the specific 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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