October 28, 2015 | Joe Geng |

Debunking the #1 Myth About Electrical Gloves

30,000 arc flash incidents occur in the USA every year. 400 of which resulted in fatalities, according to a recent article posted by ISHN.

These are preventable incidents but there is a lot of confusion around arc flash.

Like this number one question that we hear:

“When can I wear arc-rated gloves and when do I need to wear rubber-insulating gloves?”


We reached out to the ArcWear’s arc flash expert Hugh Hoagland to answer the question:

“According to the NFPA 70E and the CSA Z472 standard, all types of work with shock exposures of >50V requires the use of rubber insulating gloves.”

So, there it is: your official answer.


These arc flash gloves are a magnificent choice for protection against “no shock hazard” tasks in which you might still encounter an arc flash hazard – such as operating a breaker, or working on parts NEAR an arc flash hazard when absolutely you cannot risk touching the energized parts of the machinery and being shocked as a result.

For more information about arc flash injuries, where they occur, and the crucial steps you can take to protect yourself against them, have a read through our recent article about arc flash injury FAQs.

As well, our US Sales Manager Bill Soellner will be participating in a webinar called “Arc Flash and Flash Fire Protection for the Hands” with the aforementioned Hugh Hoagland on November 19th! Click the link to register and ensure you’re well-informed about Arc Flash protection!

Joe Geng
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Vice President of Superior Glove