What welding gloves?
High quality and tested welding gloves are indispensable for welding work and absolutely necessary to protect the hands from serious injuries. Welding gloves, like all other protective gloves, should always be correctly marked.
The right fit and secure protection
It is important that no sparks or metal parts can stick to the seams of the protective gloves, but that they bead up well on the glove. The seams must be made of heat-resistant thread, such as Kevlar. Double seams are a plus point here, because this ensures a longer service life.
The seams should be lined on the inside to prevent unpleasant chafing of the skin. This applies in particular to heavy-duty gloves with high material thickness. Another important aspect is a good fit. The dexterity must not be impaired by the protective glove and the glove must allow a good sense of touch.
Welding gloves must protect the hands from convective heat/contact heat, UV radiation (from the arc), small molten metal parts, mechanical stresses and brief contact with limited flame exposure.
Depending on requirements, welding gloves are divided into two types: Version A for low dexterity, with high other requirements, and version B for high dexterity, with low other requirements.
With regard to sizes, protective gloves for welders must comply with the general requirements of Directive EN 420:2003. The performance requirements for welding gloves are specified in the standard DIN EN 12477.
The tests for this are carried out in accordance with the guidelines DIN EN 388 and DIN EN 407. When purchasing welding gloves, it is therefore essential to pay attention to these certifications and markings in order to ensure that the welding gloves meet the high requirements.
It should also be noted that the material of the gloves must withstand a minimum electrical resistance of up to 100 V (direct current) during arc welding. However, welding gloves are not suitable for work areas where protective gloves according to EN 60903 are required for protection against electric shock. When purchasing welding gloves, it is recommended that you obtain competent technical advice and obtain good advice. To ensure that the gloves have the correct fit, they should be checked and tried on before use.