Electrical fires are one of the top causes of house fires and can lead to serious damage to your home or office. Electrical fires can also harm your loved ones and put others at risk of injury. You can prevent electrical fires by making sure your electrical plugs, outlets, and cords are safe to use. You should also use electrical appliances properly and maintain the electrical wiring in your home or office.
A Class A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) works by detecting any loss of electrical current in a circuit (e.g., it will trip at a maximum of 6mA). When a loss is detected, the GFCI turns the electricity off before severe injuries or electrocution can occur. A painful non-fatal shock may occur during the time that it takes for the GFCI to cut off the electricity so it is important to use the GFCI as an extra protective measure rather than a replacement for safe work practices.
For superior performance these rubber insulated gloves should meet and/or exceed the requirements following specifications outlined in those country standards, like for example, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines this in their Electrical Protective Equipment Standard (29 CFR 1910.137).While reasonable life and care has been ensured by the various tests provided, it is recommended that the gloves should not be unnecessarily exposed to heat or light, or allowed to come in contact with solvents, oils, grease, turpentine or strong acid.
The gloves also need to be inspected for any damage before each day’s use. Re-testing is still needed to verify the integrity of the material and to ensure if electrical safety is further maintained for the user. Gloves must also be inspected immediately following any event that may have led to damage like holes, rips or tears, ozone cutting, UV checking, and signs of chemical deterioration. Finally, the insulating gloves require to be given an air test along with the inspection.
There are five classifications with corresponding exams: General Electrician; Residential Electrician; Fire/Life Safety Technician; Voice, Data, Video Technician; and Non-residential Lighting Technician.
It is very important to keep electrical workers safe when working on electrical equipment, energized conductors or in close proximity to a live electrical current. Workers working on energized electrical parts mostly make use of their hands and are thus most susceptible to electric shock. Therefore these workers need a variety of electrically insulated protective equipment, one of them being the rubber gloves ─ electrical safety gloves.