Can electricity flow through rubber gloves

Which gloves should I wear when doing electrical work?

Depends on the tension you are working with.

If you work in a residential area, just turn off the power and wear all kinds of gloves you think are comfortable (including none).

If you work in an industrial environment where switching off is not possible. You need to choose a glove system based on the tension you are working with. A glove system should always consist of a suitable insulating glove and a protective leather glove. A glove liner is an optional part of the system and can be worn depending on how dainty your hands are.

ASTM D120-14a divides gloves into the following classes:

  • Class 00 - good for up to 500 volts.
  • Class 0 - up to 1,000 volts.
  • Class 1 - Up to 7,500 volts.
  • Class 2 - Up to 17,000 volts.
  • Class 3 - Up to 26,500 volts.
  • Class 4 - Up to 36,000 volts.

WARNING:Test your gloves properly before each use.Visual inspection and air inspection are the most common methods.Hopefully by the time you use these gloves you have been trained to care for and test them.If not, you probably shouldn't be doing anything compelling you to use them.


Your last statement is key: Unless you have been trained in how to care for and test them, you shouldn't be doing anything to force you to use them . Electrical work should be treated with great respect.