Superior Glove LogoClick to Call
Superior Glove Works, Ltd.

Bienvenidos a nuestra página web en Español, exclusiva para el territorio Mexicano.

Welcome visitors from Mexico! Visit our Mexico specific website in English.

Call us: (888) 428-1210

Superior Glove Newsletter

"Over 70% of hand & arm injuries could have been prevented with the proper protection equipment."

Injuries cost over $2000 on average. If reading our newsletter helps you prevent even one injury, isn’t that worth it?

Sign Up Now - it's free! (you can unsubscribe at any time)

No thanks, I don't need free safety tips or advice

Thanks for signing up!

Thank you for joining our newsletter list. You will receive your first issue shortly.

Don't forget to follow Superior Glove's social channels:

Close this and start browsing our gloves.

Superior Glove Newsletter

Hand injuries cost over $2,000 on average. If reading our newsletter helps you prevent even one injury, isn't that worth it?

You can unsubscribe at any time

No thanks, I don't want to prevent hand injuries.

Enjoying this post? Tell your friends!

Like this post? Share it!

Arc Flash Rated Gloves: In a Flash, Your Life Could Change

by Hugh Hoagland on May 16, 2013

Comments (3)'

A Brand New Game in Town: Arc-Flash Multiple-Hazard Gloves

The 2012 NFPA 70E standard brought forth some major changes for gloves. The new standard continues the move to arc-rated gloves. Since the 2000 version that first mentioned gloves in possible arc flash exposures, the standard has moved toward better hand protection. Statistics indicate the hands and face are the number-one and number-two body areas injured by arc-flash burns. Even low-level arcs often burn the hands, and it is completely unnecessary.

In 2012, the NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace standard illustrates another change. You can use leather or arc-rated gloves for arc-flash protection unless there is also a shock hazard. Where shock is not a hazard, but arc flash is, (such as operation of low-voltage equipment with the doors closed), a new product classification has been gaining interest — arc-rated gloves. The new standard changed the leather requirement — which pre-2012 was the weight of leather glove — to require a rating or a minimum thickness of 0.7 mm. Few leather gloves can guarantee this thickness. Thus, arc-rated gloves will soon be the norm.

Multiple hazards exist in every workplace–chemical exposure, cut, arc flash, flash fire–to list the common potential hazards. What if we had PPE that protected from those multiple hazards and was still comfortable? That is what PPE manufacturers are doing. About eight years ago, a Canadian company contacted me about wanting gloves for operators in a refinery who worked with controls and operated valves, did some mechanical troubleshooting but in the course of the day would operate LV motor starters, contactors, and disconnects.

These workers really needed a warm glove most of the year that had some cut resistance, was relatively impervious to minor chemicals in the workplace (mostly oils and tar), and could also protect in the event of an arc flash and a flash fire. The gloves they were using worked, para-aramid (Kevlar® or Twaron®) with a coating for grip and oil resistance, but “What would they do in arc?” We used the test method we were developing to test rubber insulating gloves meeting ASTM D120 for ignition and arc-flash protection to test these gloves, and they had between a 4 and 7 cal/cm² rating by the new proposed standard. The arc-glove market was born. In the next year after the standard passes ASTM F18, more gloves will be rated for both arc and multiple hazards.

These types of innovations keep people safe and comfortable. That’s what every safety director wants to see.


Hugh Hoagland is principal at doing arc flash testing and product development, and a partner in doing arc flash training.

Click to view Superior Glove’s arc flash rated gloves:



Like this post?   Rate it.   Save it.   Share it!

Be the first to rate this!

Click a star to rate:
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars


Share Your Comments

Reader Comments'

Hi..Friends,Thanks for sharing blog related Arc Flash.This blog is full of knowledge about electrical safety.We also providing information related electrical safety work and arc flash.I really appreciate this, thanks…

Reply Arc Flash - October 14, 2014'

Thanks for sharing information.I have seen for lot of tips related arc flashs.These tips are really amazing. I appreciate it for sharing them…

Reply Arc Flash - October 28, 2014'

Nice Blog!! Great Post !! Like your Blog and your ideas and i think its beneficial for us and i keep to visit your blog regularly because i got lot of information through you blog.I keep to visit your blog regularly because i got lot of information through you blog…

Reply Arc Flash Analysis - January 5, 2015

Related Articles

Email Newsletter

Newsletter: Send me useful tips, industry articles and new product announcements (every month or so).

Subscribe today
Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Superior Glove™ website. On some pages, you can make requests and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

  • Name and Company Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Website address

How We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when making an inquiry or requesting consultation only to complete that request. We do not share this information with outside parties.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our newsletter as well as updates on our new services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

Although information from those who contact us through our website is used to improve the design of it, it is done in a non-identified, purely statistical fashion. We do not share it with outside parties, in any form, at any time.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Accessibility Policy

Superior Glove Works Ltd. is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. View our Accessible Customer Service Plan.

Let's Connect

Superior Glove Works Ltd. – Work and Safety Gloves Copyright 2018 | Call us: 1-888-428-1210
A leading manufacturer, distributor and wholesale supplier of work, safety and industrial gloves since 1910.

Sign up ONE TIME ONLY for free
unlimited access to all of our downloads.

*After signing up, this page will refresh and you’ll be able to download.


Download the Definitive Guide to Hand Protection for FREE.

Hand Injury Rates are Reduced by 60% when using the right gloves.

No thanks, my hands are safe