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Antistatic gloves should be seen as another vital aid in ESD protection. Investing in ESD-safe gloves is a smart choice, especially for cleanroom, laboratory, electronics and biotech environments. ESD-safe gloves come in a wide variety of options, there’s plenty to choose from! We have a whole range of competitively priced gloves, perfect for your static control needs.

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Anti-Static Gloves for ESD Control

What are ESD-safe Gloves?

Anti-static gloves help to protect the electronic product and employees from the potential dangers of static discharge. These gloves are also referred to as Electro-static Dissipative (ESD) gloves and are ideal for use in electronics manufacturing, health care and cleanroom (microelectronics) industries.

ESD-safe gloves are widely used in low humidity and particle sensitive environments. They are specifically used while handling or assembling electronic devices in order to protect these sensitive devices from static charges that could ultimately damage them.

Are you looking for high-quality ESD-safe gloves? Bondline is the leading supplier and manufacturer of anti-static products including ESD-safe gloves here in the UK. Find our full range of antistatic gloves by scrolling up!

What industries are ESD-safe gloves required?

Cleanroom and manufacturing industries require a number of different safety procedures in order to protect both the workers and the products being handled from potential dangers like electrostatic discharge. One of the cornerstone elements of cleanroom and manufacturing safety is the use of electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe gloves.

ESD-safe gloves are mostly used in industries such as laboratory, cleanroom, biotech and electronics manufacturing. They are designed for use in particle sensitive and low-contaminate environments. Investing in good quality ESD-safe gloves can improve your static control practice and further prevent static charge to generate in your electrostatic protected area.

However, ESD protective gloves must be used in conjunction with a grounding wrist strap in order to ensure the absolute lowest possibility of electrostatic discharge. You should never swap an ESD-safe wrist-strap for anti-static gloves alone. Ideally, you should wear each of these in conjunction with each other in order to have full static-safe protection.

How do ESD-safe gloves work?

ESD sensitive devices can experience a damaging discharge if touched by a person, even if that person is properly grounded. Increasing the electrical path’s contact resistance is one way to control the speed of the discharge. A good way to accomplish this is by wearing static dissipative gloves.

Generally, ESD-safe gloves contain a blend of soft conductive and synthetic fibres which provide the gloves with anti-static properties. These properties allow for the gloves to be used in static sensitive areas where electronics are handled, protecting these electronics and the user from electrostatic discharge. If a static potential were to generate and dissipate into the environment or on the user, the static could reach a static sensitive item and cause irreversible damage to it.

To correctly use ESD-safe gloves, the worker should put each glove onto each hand accordingly and wear an ESD-safe wrist-strap snugly around their wrist – making sure the strap sits on the skin and not on the glove.

Static dissipative gloves are one of the simplest and most overlooked ESD safety tool at your disposal. Whether you are transporting electrical components from one area to another or inspecting circuit boards or equally delicate devices close-up, anti-static gloves help to ground you and minimise the likelihood of ESD damage on static sensitive devices. Not only do anti-static gloves prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) but they also provide protection against dust, grease and particle contamination in critical production environments and offer cleanliness.

ESD-safety glove materials

ESD safety gloves come in many different types and forms, all of which affect the ultimate price and purpose of the gloves. When it comes to materials, gloves are typically made from:

  • Latex Gloves. Latex is the most commonly used ESD glove material as it provides the best cost-effective solution to static control. However, latex gloves are not always the ideal option, especially when it comes to those who have latex allergies. Due to this, there are a number of alternative ESD glove materials that have been made which are suitable for people with latex allergies.
  • Vinyl Gloves. Vinyl gloves are a great option for those who are allergic to latex, however these type of gloves are not as puncture-resistant or as durable as latex gloves.
  • Nitrile Gloves. If you are looking for more of a durable glove that is extremely puncture-resistant and is suitable for those with latex allergies, nitrile gloves is an excellent option. These gloves are made from a synthetic latex and they can be used by all workers regardless of latex allergies. One disadvantage of using nitrile gloves is the fact they tend to be quite expensive in comparison to vinyl and latex gloves.
  • Fabric Gloves. A great all-rounder glove material is fabric. Fabric materials offer the ability to re-use gloves, which can translate into significant cost savings over disposable gloves. They are great to invest in for all ESD Control Programmes and provide excellent antistatic benefits and properties. This glove material can be the most comfortable to wear due to its soft fibres and will give no restrain. Alongside this, they provide cleanliness as they can be washed.

It is important to be be aware that different glove materials can be dangerous to use with certain chemicals; for instance, although nitrile gloves are durable and avoid latex allergy issues, they are not suitable for use with ketons and aeromatic solvents. Thus, your exact work environment may require the presence of two or more types of gloves in order to offer the maximum amount of protection to both employees and products.

When/Where to use ESD-safe gloves?

ESD-safe gloves are ideal for all electronic assembly work where skin contact can cause problems, such as when handling micro-electronics, PC and laptop repair or assembly where ESD may be a problem.

Bondline’s anti static gloves are some of the best gloves to wear for a wide range of situations such as:

  • Build and assemble of a high-end PC
  • When you are working with static-sensitive electronic products
  • Working in a PCB Factory
  • Mechanical and Electrical Workshop
  • Chemical Industry
  • Smartphone repair or upgrades
  • Precision Packaging and Production

ESD-safe gloves are highly recommended if you handle lots of electronics on a regular basis.

Benefits of Bondline’s ESD-safe gloves

  • Made from static dissipative polyester material
  • Made with 25% carbon
  • Non-slip, super grip surface on the palm and fingers
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Excellent fit
  • Prevents the oils on your fingers and hand from corroding your electronic components
  • Competitively-priced
  • Excellent for assembling and handling static sensitive electronics.
  • High quality, durable, long-lasting.
  • No dust generation, good sweat absorption, and anti-allergy.

How to choose ESD-safe gloves

When selecting an ESD protective glove solution for your company, it’s important keep several factors in mind:

  • Employee safety needs, particularly with regards to any latex or dust allergies.
  • Common chemicals used in the work environment, and how they may affect glove use.
  • Overall purpose of the glove (assembly versus handling).
  • A glove’s maximum electrical resistance.
  • Cost of new gloves over time.
  • Glove thickness – Generally, thicker gloves provide more protection, however they will lower touch sensitivity making it harder to work. You would want to choose the right glove thickness that will work best for your requirements.
  • Tensile strength – The lower the mPa rating, the more likely it is that gloves will easily tear.
  • Elongation – This is the measurement of the glove’s ability to be stretched without tearing or breaking. If you require medical gloves, you should look for ones with a high level of elongation.
  • The length of the glove, particularly important if you work in an area of increased risk such as submerging hands into a solution.
  • Shelf life – Each glove substrate has its own shelf life, but shelf life will ultimately depend on how and where the glove is stored.

You can be sure that Bondline’s ESD safety gloves are allergy-free. Our gloves are constructed from synthetic filament fibres that are suitable for those who suffer from latex allergies. Not only are they great to wear in electronics establishments, due to their special carbon fibres, they provide complete protection against dust and offer good sweat absorption. Thus, making them an excellent anti static tool in the workplace.

General purpose gloves

Not only do we provide anti static safety gloves, we also offer comfortable and cost-effective gloves for general purpose usage. If you want to avoid fingerprint marks and scratches when packaging items, working on motor vehicles, etc, general purpose gloves are the suitable option to choose. Many businesses opt for general purpose gloves since they are one of the most affordable glove options out there. However, it is important for businesses to understand the differences between an anti static glove and a general purpose glove. Most general purpose gloves do not have any anti static properties meaning they must not be used for handling static sensitive components. There is a general misconception of being able to use general purpose gloves for static sensitive work. Never use gloves that contain no antistatic properties when working with items sensitive to static – always use ESD safety gloves!

Most general purpose gloves are disposable but there are many available in the market that are re-usable. Re-usable gloves are not always the most appropriate option, especially if your job involves handling food. Although, they are generally suitable for the majority of industries and are a much more sustainable glove solution!

Bondline’s general purpose gloves, otherwise known as work gloves, provide excellent comfort for the user. Their coated tips offer a good grip which is great for those who need to handle objects such as boxes or mechanical parts. As they are suitable to wash, they can be re-used as many times as necessary.

What is the shelf-life of ESD gloves?

Each glove substrate has its own shelf life, but the shelf life will ultimately depend on how and where the glove is stored. The best way to help ensure you get the most life out of your disposable gloves is to ensure they are stored in a cool, dark area.

Gloves which are stored improperly or are used after their intended shelf life will have reduced performance such as increased risk of tearing. Generally, natural latex gloves have an approximate three-year shelf life, while other glove materials such as nitrile, polyethylene and other synthetic coatings have around a five year shelf life. Bondline’s ESD-safe gloves, on the other hand, have a much shorter shelf-life which can be in between 1 – 2 years.

Protect yourself with Bondline’s ESD-safe gloves

We believe that all working environments should be safe, and working with static electricity can be both potentially dangerous to people and damaging to electrical components. That’s why we have created a special range of ESD safety gloves to protect you and your components from static. Our anti-static glove range includes:

  • ESD Coated Tip Gloves with Elastic Wrist
  • ESD Coated Palm Gloves with Elastic Wrist
  • ESD Plain Glove with Elastic Wrist
  • ESD Plain Gloves
  • ESD Gloves with Dotted Palms

Bondline is a leading UK supplier and vast stockist of ESD-safe products and consumables worldwide. We offer a wide range of ESD-safe gloves to suit all sorts of requirements and budgets. Bondline can help you choose the right type of glove for your company and ESD needs. If you need help on choosing the right glove, please contact us and we’d be happy to help!

Contact Us

View our vast range of anti-static gloves above, or get in contact with one of our ESD specialists for advice on the best ESD-safe gloves for your application.

Email us at sales@bondline.co.uk or call us on 01793 511000 to make an enquiry.

Order your high-quality ESD-safe gloves from Bondline today!

 

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