Electrical Insulating Gloves

A quick tip primer about Novax Electrical Safety Gloves

We have sold the prominent Novax Electrical Insulated Gloves from PIP for over 15 years now, shortly after the Novax Company began producing the Class 0 & 00 Insulating gloves in Malaysia. They have since been used as life-saving protective gloves by our customers in many trades. These work-related trades include applications such as Power Generation, Electrical Contractors, Linemen, Plant Maintenance, Utility Work, Mining Operations, and Electric Vehicle Repair, Service, and Manufacturing.

From an interesting historical perspective, after learning more about electrical shock energy back in 2007, I find it amazing that Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison didn’t perish from their early inventions and tests with electrical energy. As you can imagine, they had no protective means in those early days. Think about it.

The Novax line of rubber insulated gloves are certified under many standards and regulations including 29CFR part 1910; ASTM D120-14a; and the NFPA 70E certifications just to name a few of the most important and popular standards of the 9 standards that these apply to. You can contact me directly if you have a safety standard that you require if that is necessary for your industry.

Note: The natural rubber raw material used in the Novax Gloves Insulating Gloves is kept in its natural aqueous state, as opposed to the solvent dip process used by other manufacturers which uses extensive amounts of volatile compounds (VOC’s). Our Novax gloves retain more of the beneficial physical properties of natural rubber which is demonstrated in the physical property tests required in the ASTM D120 testing requirements. This process also keeps the gloves very nimble and dexterous opposed to competing models.

Testing

Another vital aspect of the Novax brand is that these gloves are “made to order” to ensure that they are compliant with 29 CFR 1910.137 specification which requires testing on first issue and every six months thereafter. Additionally, the Novax Gloves are individually serial numbered for traceability and stamped with the factory manufacturing date. If the insulating gloves have been electrically tested but not issued for service, they may not be placed into service unless they have been electrically tested within the previous 12 months.

Glove Types and Styles

We offer the widest selection of Novax Rubber Insulated Glove sizing and lengths, model types, and electrical classifications which I will cover below. This includes sizes from 7-12 in most models which includes woman’s sizes, and lengths from 11” to 18”, and Electrical Classifications from 00 to 4. Our styles include the traditional Straight Cuffs and Bell-Shaped Cuffs. For those of you new to the glove cuff selection, the Bell-Shaped cuffs are designed for a more comfortable fit under heavy clothing such as winter coats or other types of thick protective sleeves.

EV (Electric Vehicle Gloves) – Class 0

(Class 0 = Use AC Voltage of 1,000 & Use DC Voltage of 1,500)

The Novax Gloves are the most prevalent models used today in Electric Vehicle manufacturing, repair, and maintenance. Currently, the class of choice are the Class 0 models. This may change due to advancements, and it would be wise to check the vehicle manual for the vehicle’s specifications.

These models are often referred to as models used for hybrid electric cars since they were originally designed for hybrid vehicles, but the gloves referred to as “hybrid models” will also work for today’s fully electric vehicles.  They fall into the same Class of 0.

Selecting an Electrical Insulating Glove

How do I know what glove to use?

First, you should determine the maximum voltage that you will be exposed to during your work. Once you have determined the risk, you can use the chart below to determine the appropriate class of glove that will provide you the protection required to complete your job safely. Each class of gloves is clearly marked with the maximum use voltage on the permanent color-coded label.

Leather Protectors

What size of leather protector should I use?

Leather protectors should always be worn with rubber insulating gloves. ASTM F696 provides the specification for the manufacture of Leather Protectors. Leather protectors are sized to be worn on the same size rubber insulating glove so if you wear a size 10 rubber insulating glove you should order a size 10 leather protector.

The length of the protectors are determined by the class. Certain leather protectors are used with specific classes of rubber gloves according to their length. The protectors are not interchangeable with the different classes of rubber gloves.

Cleaning and Storage

How should rubber insulating gloves be cleaned and stored?

Wash in warm water (85oF) with mild detergent, disinfect with a small amount of chlorine bleach. Air or tumble dry at low heat (165oF). Gloves may be dusted lightly with talc to reduce tackiness. Gloves should be stored in a glove bag, finger tips up, hung and not laid flat. Leather protectors should be removed before storage. Never fold gloves. Store in as dry and cool (95oF maximum) location as possible, away from sources of ozone and direct sunlight.

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Joe McGarry

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Wash in warm water (85oF) with mild detergent, disinfect with a small amount of chlorine bleach. Air or tumble dry at low heat (165oF). Gloves may be dusted lightly with talc to reduce tackiness. Gloves should be stored in a glove bag, finger tips up, hung and not laid flat. Leather protectors should be removed before storage. Never fold gloves. Store in as dry and cool (95oF maximum) location as possible, away from sources of ozone and direct sunlight.

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