Electrician Gloves, Different Classes and How to Know the Best Quality

Working in an electrical system requires an electrician glove and sleeve, this is to prevent electric shock and other hazards.

If you are an electrician like me that works daily either electrical installation, troubleshooting, or repairing electrical equipment, buying a good insulated glove will help.

The personal protective equipment (PPE) offers hand protection against electrocution when working on live wires, cables, and other equipment like transformers, substations and circuit breakers.

It is a must have glove for professionals and technicians that work on energized equipment.

Since it is the only barrier between you and high voltage, buying the best quality glove is important.

Below are the top quality gloves from mariaelectricals.com.

Things to consider before buying a high voltage glove.

1. Date on the stamp

The date on the stamp will tell you whether to buy the safety glove. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all manufacturers to test and stamp their glove kits before selling.

The date will show you when the glove was tested. If it is above one year, seek to retest, or buy another one.

2. Testing lab

Make sure an accredited lab tests the rubber glove. Mariaelectricals.com offers such tests (hipot testing) with our testing equipment. You can also use North American Independent Laboratories (NAIL) for the safety test.

3. Glove classification

Insulating gloves comes in different classes, ranging from class 00 to class 4. Your choice will depend on the voltage level you are working on. The table below shows the voltage breakdown.

ClassMax. use voltage AC/DCProof test voltage AC/DC
00500 / 7502,500 / 10,000
01,000 / 1,5005,000 / 20,000
17,500/11,25010,000 / 40,000
217,000 / 25,50020,000 / 50,000
326,500 / 39,75030,000 / 60,000
436,000 / 54,00040,000 / 70,000

Depending on your work, you may also wear a leather protector on the rubber insulator to prevent cuts or mechanical injury.

4. Glove inspection

You should inspect the glove for defects such as holes, tear and ozone cut. You should also check if there is any form of swelling.

If the electrical glove has any of the above faults, it should be taken out of service for retesting.

5. Glove air test

After the visual inspection, also perform an air test on the electrical work glove. You can achieve that by filling the glove with air and also checking for leakage.

Our top 5 electrician hand gloves to choose from

 1. Maxi-flex 34-874 insulating glove

Maxi-Flex is one of the best electrical work gloves you will enjoy working with. Here are the reasons.

  • Maxi-flex is made with nylon and nitrile coat, which makes it light and breathable. This means you can work all day with the glove and still have a cool and dry hand.
  • The nitrile coating of the glove is compatible with light oil, providing a good grip and fit
  • It is resistant to abrasion
  • Has a knit wrist that prevents dirt and debris from entering the work glove.
  • Can reduce the risk of hand fatigue
  • Easy to work with
  • Has excellent dexterity, sensitivity, and tactility.

The only down side of the rubber glove is that it does not have waterproof protection at the back of the hand glove.

For more details, customer reviews and the current of the glove, check Amazon.

National Safety Apparel Class 0 rubber insulator

This protection glove is made with an insulating rubber that can protect you from 1000 AC, and 1500 DC voltage. It is ideal for working on low-voltage.

Reasons we recommend the safety glove

  • It offers arc flash hand protection. The glove kit comes with a pair of tested class 0 gloves, and a pair of 10″ leather protectors for proper protection.
  • It is both NFPA 70E-2015, and CSA Z462-15 compliant for arc flash.
  • Offer increased protection for utility workers, linemen, electricians, and electrical cooperative contractors.
  • Can prevent tears and punctures because of the leather protector

For more details about the safety glove, including customer reviews and current prices, visit Amazon.

Dexterity flame-resistant arc flash glove

This is a multipurpose electrician work glove that offers protection against cuts and arc flash hazards. It is also resistant to flames, and can hardly catch fire. Very flexible and easy to work with.

The only downside of the glove is that it stiffs during first use.

For more details, current price and customers review of the rubber glove, check here on Amazon

Magid electrician hand glove

Magid is one of the top quality electricity gloves you can buy as an electrician. It is manufactured using the finest natural rubber latex.

This class 0 glove offers better dielectric power, flexibility, increased durability and comfort.

It is also suitable for lineman work, electrical contractor and high voltage operations.

Note: Always check the glove label to make sure it is suitable for the type of voltage you want to work on before using it.

For more details about the insulating glove, current price, and customers review check here on Amazon.

Frequently asked questions about rubber insulating gloves

1. What are the best gloves for electricians?

The top four gloves for electrical workers are:

2. What gloves prevent electric shock?

Insulated rubber gloves prevent electric shock. But always ensure you select the right class for a particular voltage level.

3. Why do electricians wear gloves?

Electricians wear gloves when working in the electrical field to prevent electrical shock and other hazards.

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