Arc flash burns and cuts protection
21 September 2015
The new Showa 240 glove, has been added to the range of hand protection solutions by Globus.
The glove has been made with flame-resistant materials to provide high performing protection against arc flash burns, flames and cuts. The glove is particularly suitable for maintenance and electrical workers as well as resistance welding within manufacturing.
Electrical safety is one of the most overlooked occupational hazards with 434 serious incidents in 2013-2014, including eight deaths, having been provisionally reported in Great Britain under the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002. The provisional statistics also show a further 11,254 other incidents had also been reported.
The potential risk from an electrical arc flash is always present for those who carry out electrical maintenance or work with electrical equipment. Severe burns from heat and molten metal often result in serious injury.
When you consider the severity of any incident this can be very costly in terms of employee injury and cost to the business. It’s far better to provide workers with the right equipment and training before they start the job. The Showa 240 glove will provide protection when turning switches on or off and when working around electrical equipment. Flame resistant personal protective equipment should also be worn for complete protection.
In addition to arc flash protection, flame resistance and cut protection, the glove is comfortable and flexible; anatomically engineered with a seamless composite yarn knit liner containing Kevlar® engineered fibre to provide lasting comfort and high levels of cut protection. The glove also allows good grip in challenging handling environments with a durable and soft sponge Neoprene palm coating. The Showa 240’s materials are inherently flame resistant.
The glove has been through several rigorous tests, rated as Hazard Risk Category 2 (NFPA 70E) having achieved an Arc Thermal Protective Value (ATPV) of 9.2 Cal/cm² for arc flash as well as having EN 407 Level 4 resistance to flammability and EN388 Level 5 cut resistance. It has also been tested in accordance with the ASTM D6413 vertical flame resistance test.
Steve Shale, Marketing Manager of Globus commented, "When you consider that as much as 80% of all electrical injuries are burns relating from an arc flash and ignition of flammable clothing, it’s essential to wear protective gloves with the right flame resistant properties. With the addition of the new Showa 240, it’s great to help protect workers in high risk occupations. Those exposed to sharp edged surfaces within electrical panels will also benefit from the glove’s excellent cut protection. We hope that we can help bring the accident statistics down with better protection for the workforce.”
The Showa 240 is available in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. For more information on this or other gloves across the Globus range, visit www.globus.co.uk , call +44(0) 161 877 4747 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.