Optimal dexterity, comfort and durability while dissipating static electricity in precise and repetitive tasks.
In some critical production environments, electrostatic discharges can damage sensitive electronic device. Since human beings are electricity conductive, operators must wear ESD protective gloves for handling ESD devices.
What is an electrostatic phenomena?
If two materials are brought into contact and rubbed, there is an exchange of electric charges (static electricity). When those charges are not dissipated, then they accumulate and electrostatic discharges can occur.
Why are dissipative gloves are necessary?
A dissipative material has the ability not to accumulate electrostatic charges. It dissipates them. Dissipative gloves are necessary to avoid electrostatic discharge.
Where do electrostatic discharges can occur?
EPA (ESD protected area) or ESD protected zone. Main industries: electronics, automotive, consumer products.
ATEX zone (EXplosive ATmosphere). Main industries: chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural (grain silo).
Which standard deals with electrostatic properties?
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Working in ATEX zones or handling electronic devices, both areas have the same need for suitable gloves: they must not accumulate charges and they must be dissipative.
As until now there is no standard established for ESD gloves, at MAPA PROFESSIONAL we decided to refer to the EN 16350 standard (ATEX gloves) to evaluate the dissipative properties of our gloves. This standard is very strict, as a consequence a glove complying with the EN 16350 standard will be suitable for handling electronic devices.
Wearing gloves alone does not prevent from electrostatic discharges. The worker must wear suitable dissipative clothing and footwear to be permanently earthed.
Product specifically developed to dissipate electrostatic charges for precise and repetitive tasks where dexterity, comfort and durability are required:
There are a variety of risks depending upon the environment. Mapa Professional provides you with a complete range of protective gloves.