Why do electricians wear rubber gloves?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know why electricians wear rubber gloves.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Electricians use rubber or plastic gloves when repairing electrical appliances because they are insulators and wearing rubber gloves can prevent electric shock. Insulators do not allow current to pass through them.

Electricians wear rubber gloves as a crucial part of their personal protective equipment (PPE) for the following reasons:

  1. Insulation: Rubber is an excellent insulator. It does not conduct electricity, meaning it can protect the wearer from electrical shocks.
  2. Prevention of Burns and Injuries: Aside from electrical shocks, electricians also face the risk of electrical burns. Rubber gloves can help protect their hands from such injuries.
  3. Protection against Cuts and Abrasions: When working with wires, electricians often encounter sharp edges that can cause cuts or abrasions. Rubber gloves can provide a level of protection against these hazards.

It’s important to note that not just any rubber gloves are suitable for electrical work. Electricians use special insulating gloves made for this purpose. These gloves are tested to withstand certain voltages and are classified accordingly. The gloves should be rated for the highest voltage the electrician could come into contact with.

Also, these gloves are often used in combination with leather protector gloves. The leather gloves protect the rubber gloves from physical damage, as even a tiny puncture in the rubber can significantly reduce the gloves’ insulating properties.

Remember, safety should always be the top priority when working with electricity. Wearing the right PPE, including gloves, is a vital part of maintaining safety on the job.

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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