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High-voltage gloves are normally reserved for linesmen, ballsy sons-of-guns who service powerful electrical systems. They’re designed to prevent all but the highest voltages from causing any trouble, usually insulating up to 10kV. With high-power electronics creeping closer every day (hybrid vehicles, anyone?), mechanics will likely find themselves faced with a dangerous system at some point. Salisbury (manufactured by Honeywell) is the gold standard, manufacturing gloves in many sizes for five different voltage levels.

These are pricey. “Low-voltage” class 00 gloves rated for 500V start at around $70, and go upward to class 3 gloves with a 26,500V rating suitable for everything shy of high-tension wires. Those bad boys retail for around $120, but if you run into the nervous work of diagnosing high-voltage systems, suddenly the price becomes trivial. It’s worth mentioning that the gloves are fragile, usually requiring separate leather outers for protection, and they shouldn’t be stored folded or brought into contact with oil. Replacement is recommended every six months, since the compound gradually dries out. Quite a list of caveats, yet worth peace of mind. Lab supply stores online stock the full range of sizes and ratings.

Salisbury High-Voltage Gloves [Lab Safety]
Electrical Gloves [Safety Supply America]

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6 Responses to High-Voltage Gloves

  1. heywood j says:

    leather outers are not just recommended…they are necessary to keep the gloves from getting small holes that turn into a major problem later.

  2. MechTech Mike says:

    Or, if you don’t want to order online through Lab Safety, you can visit their parent company (Grainger) and pick them up.


    Also, our shop converted to the Westward insulated tool line to work on Hybrid vehicles, and also supplied by…. you guessed it… Grainger…

  3. David Bryan says:

    It’s a dangerous error to think you can buy safety instead of learning it. Professionals who depend on gloves like this receive some very serious training about how to properly use and care for them. If somebody thinks buying a pair of gloves will protect them from electrical hazards I wouldn’t want to be around to smell the results.

  4. Gough says:

    One of the features of these is that there is a brightly-colored layer underneath the black outer layer, making it easier to see if you’ve got a cut or hole in the glove.

  5. fred says:

    1kV gloves are the most common in general use for “low” voltage use. Most specs call for them to be professionally tested on 3 month intervals – and inspected before each use. Utilities typically operate rubber goods (gloves, sleeves etc.) testing labs for this purpose. Class 00 gloves are generally discarded at 6 months from the date that they were put into use. All rubber gloves need to be protected in use with over-gloves. They also need to be stored, cleaned, dried and transported properly. Special glove bags are the norm for transporting them. As was pointed out – relying on rubber goods is not a substitute for in-depth knowledge that comes from serious training and adherence to strict safety rules.

  6. MattC says:

    I used to work for a Utility Company. We tested our gloves (air test daily) and turned them in for new ones every 6 months. (exactly like Fred stated). I would highly advise not taking the care and maintenance of these gloves lightly. A pinhole can compromise these gloves. Leather liners/proper car/ proper carrying bags/ daily air tests are a must.

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