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Safety is a Choice We Make

As a long-term supplier of electrical tooling, equipment and materials to the power industry, including renewable energy, rail, mining and industrial markets, we operate in an environment where safety is paramount.

Our safety objective that “we all go home from work without injury or illness” extends to our customers working in high-risk environments. That is why TEN only works with world class, market leading brands in providing electrical safety equipment and PPE for Australia’s electrical infrastructure market.

The temperature of an arc flash can reach 19,420°C, which is up to four times hotter than the sun. An arc flash can melt cables and busbars but is not just the heat that is dangerous – the light, noise, mechanical shock, and the resultant secondary risk exposure all make this a potentially fatal exposure. Whilst under the hierarchy of controls we aim to eliminate, substitute, engineer and administrate to mitigate risks, PPE remains a critical control for worker safety protecting workers performing maintenance on energized and de-energizing equipment.

Arc-Flash Standards
TEN offers a head-to-toe solution with ASTM F1506 and NFPA 70E compliant clothing including coveralls, coats, full suits and kits, rubber gloves, balaclavas, hoods, and face shields from 8 to 100 cal/cm² rating.

Industry leading innovations in arc flash include a Lift Front Hood system that creates a natural ventilation system beneath the brim of the hard hat or by the use of ventilation fans at the rear or side of the hood, which minimises heat stress potential.

Working with high voltage (HV) electrical lines is a task that requires a serious focus on both safety and adequate procedures. Luckily, safety is merely a matter of physics — the right materials used in the proper way will afford linemen excellent protection. However, it’s imperative that a worker’s safety gear be more than just sufficient to offer protection. It must also allow an employee to be effective. In other words, you don’t want to sacrifice the ability to do the work properly. That is why the right electrical safety gloves can make all the difference.

Manual dexterity is crucial when working on the line. From hooking cables into hoists and manipulating equipment, one must be able to have a good sense of what they’re doing. Well-made insulated electrical gloves afford their wearers not just an excellent level of protection, but also the ability to keep on doing the job effectively. At TEN Group, finding and procuring HV gloves you require is simple. With a stock drawn from the best brands and suppliers, you can equip your linemen with confidence. 

Well-fitting HV gloves
Equipping field workers with electrical safety gloves involves several steps and requires a few different products. First are the inner gloves. Often made of cotton, these fit snugly and provide additional comfort before the addition of insulated rubber gloves. TEN Group features rubber gloves made of an all-natural rubber, and a sound insulator, these gloves offer an excellent level of dielectric strength. This is the real source of protection for your HV electrical workers. It’s important to supply these items in the correct fit; an ill-fitting glove is often the source of lost dexterity.

Finally, a rugged outer glove made of leather covers the rubber to afford protection from sharp edges and other hazards. Three layers of gloves may seem very bulky. With a well-made product and a good fit, though, safety and dexterity can coexist.

Rubber Ground Mats
Safety is paramount when Utility Workers and Electrical Contractors work in trenches, on switchboards and during the stringing of overhead conductors. PPE does not stop at protective clothing. Rubber Ground Mats are an integral part of PPE equipment, they insulate the worker from the ground to avoid electrical shock due to direct contact with potentially live electrical parts or step voltage. 

Rubber Ground Mats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and are placed in front of switchboards, switch gear, in trenches and high voltage equipment to create a safe working environment for the operator.

TEN Group