From handling dangerous machinery, tools and chemicals to exposure to sharp edges, noise, vibrations, heat, fire, electric power and other hazardous conditions, automotive workers must encounter several daily hazards that put them at greater risks for workplace accidents if not properly protected. In fact, a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics injury and illness report revealed that auto mechanics and technicians experienced 13,150 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses resulting in valuable time away from work in addition to higher medical costs, wage replacement, repairs to damaged equipment and increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
As a full-line, global industrial safety solutions supplier that has been bringing workers home safely since 1936, Saf-T-Gard has a well-established track record of delivering superior safety products and solutions across all industries that protect against work-related hazards and prevent serious injuries while enabling on-the-job safety, compliance and peace of mind for hundreds of thousands of workers and their families.
The exponential growth in electric vehicles (EV), both fully electric and plug-in hybrid, adds additional hazards and risks to the manufacture and servicing of these vehicles. Saf-T-Gard International, a global market leader in electrical protective equipment for workers, is uniquely qualified to work with your facility and keep your employees safe. Our Voltgard® Test Lab is the largest independent NAIL4PET-accredited test lab for rubber insulating products in the United States assuring you that your workers are in compliance with OSHA regulations and all applicable industry standards.
Handling EV power systems requires a recognition that the hazard exposure is to DC (direct current) which is different from the standard AC (alternating current) power systems that energize our workplaces, homes and the nation's power grids. To protect workers from the hazards of DC energized circuits and equipment, rubber insulating gloves should be tested and recertified for DC working voltages. All rubber insulating gloves are tested prior to shipment at AC voltages for general use. The Voltgard® Test Lab can now test rubber insulating gloves with DC for use with EV and other DC powered systems. Gloves tested by Voltgard® with DC are clearly marked with the DC Maximum Use Voltage.
Electrical vehicle technicians can now be assured of the properly tested and certified protective equipment suitable for use with EV DC batteries and systems. And facilities producing and servicing electric vehicles can be sure that the rubber insulating gloves they are using, when tested at the Voltgard® Test Lab, can adequately protect against nearly every electrical hazard that they will encounter.
So when it comes to protecting your automotive workers, don’t trust just anyone with their safety. Trust the experts with more than 85 years of experience and excellence. Trust Saf-T-Gard.