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ESD Gloves protects your electronics

More and more products and production equipment contain electronics and ESD sensitivity is increasing. It is impossible to avoid static electricity completely, but a large part of the risk can be minimized with ESD or ATEX certified gloves.

EVEN THE WEAKEST SPARKS CREATED BY YOUR EMPLOYEES CAN KILL YOUR ELECTRONICS.

THIS IS HOW TO PROTECT THEM BOTH.

We all live in the electronic age. That is why we now need to increase safety in production environments. Since more and more products and production equipment contain electronics, ESD sensitivity is increasing. This has an impact on both productivity and reliability. An increasing number of manufacturing industries need to improve their use of ESD certified protection to minimize costs of defective product components and damaged electronic equipment.

The negative effects of static electricity in the workplace are electrostatic discharge (ESD) in and around sensitive electronic equipment and explosions due to static discharge (ATEX).
The best way to solve the problem of static electricity is to make sure it never happens in the first place. It is impossible to avoid static electricity completely, but a large part of the risk can be minimized with ESD or ATEX certified gloves.

ESD gloves for protecting equipment. ATEX gloves for protecting humans.

Electrostatic charge requires two different types of protection. One protects electronics from being damaged by human discharges. The other protects humans from being injured in explosive environments where static discharges can trigger explosions.

In the first scenario, ESD certified gloves offer protection.

In the other, you need ATEX gloves.

In industries where static charge is a problem, gloves with conductive properties are important. These gloves are dissipative, which means they allow electric charges to flow in a controlled manner. You need a complete system, which also includes, for example, shoes and flooring to provide ground connection potential.

Low voltage can do great damage.

You have probably experienced static electricity yourself after stroking a cat or rushing forward on a carpet. Static electricity is not dangerous to humans. We can withstand several thousand volts with a low current, but electronics can be damaged by as little as 10 to 100 volts. That is why it is important to test ESD protection products to ensure they work even for such low voltages.

“It is very important that ESD gloves are tested so that their electrostatic potential isn’t too high”, says Karin Rundqvist, a laboratory engineer at Ejendals and a specialist in personal protective equipment for ESD in particular. “ESD certification has to check that the build-up of electrostatic charge does not exceed 100 volts. Unfortunately, not all suppliers are testing for this.”

Why do we need so many different gloves? Because electronics are everywhere.

Why do we need so many different gloveswith ESD protection? Because there are now so many different jobs where there are electronic components that need to be protected. Regardless of what tasks your employees carry out in an ESD-sensitive work environment, there should be a glove that protects them regardless of your budget. Different gloves have different characteristics for different tasks.

Equip your employees with the best protective gear.

You can’t always control your working environment and the conditions, but you can equip yourself with the very best protective gear to prevent accidents and injuries. To ensure that safety gloves do what they promise, make sure that they are rigorously tested.

ESD and ATEX protective gloves

TEGERA® presents one of the markets widest ranges of ESD and ATEX protective gloves.

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Electronics can be damaged by a discharge of very low voltage.

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Working with small objects.

ESD work environments often involve handling very small and delicate objects, such as electronic components. This is why ESD gloves should be made of very thin and flexible material with high dexterity and fingertip sensitivity. The gloves should also be highly breathable, so they are comfortableenough to be worn all day. An extra advantage is if the gloves are also OEKO-TEX and Dermatest tested to ensure that they are skin-friendly.

Working with sharp objects.

SD and ATEX classified work environments may involve handling sharp objects. This could be handling metal sheets with electronic components or mounting electronics inside equipment or cabinets with sharp metal edges inside. This is why some gloves are equipped with cut protection. The fibre in the gloves and the cut protection has to be smooth and thin to maintain the dexterity of the gloves.

Working with touchscreens.

Handling touchscreen control units or tablets and mobile phones is important in many work environments and it is becoming increasingly common to control machines using touchscreens. It is beneficial if the ESD and ATEX gloves also have this capability. You can work with touchscreens without taking off the gloves. It saves time and effort.

SUMMARY:

The most important pieces of advice when choosing ESD equipment.

  • Eliminate problems related to electrostatic charge by using tested and certified PPE equipment in a complete system that provides ground connection potential. In ESD-rated environments, gloves must becertified to ensure they don’t have a build-up of more than 100 volts.
  • Choose the right kind of gloves for employees depending on their job and work environment. There are comfortable ESD protected gloves suitable for precision work, workwith a risk of cuts, touchscreens, and those suitable for multiple environments.
  • Think about the big picture. Complete the gloves with ESD-protected socks and work shoes. Seek help if you need to further map the ESD risks in your particular production environment.

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