What Electricians Should And Shouldn’t Wear?

Electricians work directly with various levels of electrical voltage! Wearing the right staff is essential.

Electricians shouldn’t wear any metallic accessories like, rings, watches or jewelries. You may ask, why don’t they isolate power instead of removing these metallic precious accessories? well, they do! but not all the time.

In many cases electricians work on live parts to troubleshoot the circuit. I have written a detailed article about Why electricians work on live parts. You can check it out for more information.

Let’s see what electricians should and shouldn’t wear?

Can electricians wear accessories?

It depends on the material used in the accessory. Most of the times accessories are made with such materials that are conductive.

If there is some conductive material in an accessory and it is exposed then this accessory must not be worn by the electricians.

Let’s look for some accessories that electricians should use or not while dealing with energized circuits:

Wedding Rings:

Wedding rings that made from conductive materials like gold, copper and zinc tungsten should not be worn by the electricians.

It’s very dangerous to wear them while doing work on energized electrical circuits. Metal rings that are 100% non-conductive are almost impossible to find.

Silicon and wooden wedding may be the creative alternative for this. Silicon is not only non-conductive but also has properties of heat resistant, non-allergenic and capable enough to endure in hard circumstances in which usually electricians do work.

Silicon rings are made from silicon rubber and their durability is quite impressive. They are comfortable and relatively inexpensive.

Glass fiber ring is also a good alternative of gold or copper rings. You can show firm commitment to your spouse by wearing silicon ring as a replacement of metal ring.

If you are working as an electrician and wearing a conductive material wedding ring then it should be removed before doing electric work.

I know this is hard but safety comes first. You should find these alternative rings mentioned above for your engagement, so that you need not to remove them while doing electrical work.

There is also the possibility that you forget where you kept your ring before the electrical activity, so avoid wearing the rings during work but if necessary then use silicon or wooden rings.


Electricians should not wear jewelry while working because it may lead you to face electric shock.Damage of the shock can be moderate to severe.

Wearing metal jewelry during work on high voltage electrical lines is always a bad idea. Metal being a very good conductor conducts electricity and if you are wearing the metal jewelry then it can fatal for you.

If you do not want to remove the jewelry even for some time as it is very close to your heart then jewelry having non conductive materials should be used. I know it’s hard to find but still there are many option that can be availed like silicon or wooden rings mentioned above.

Sometimes you have to wear some bracelet for some medical essential reasons. For example if you are a diabetic patient and wearing a medical alert bracelet then obviously you will not remove it as it’s essential for your health.

There should be some alternative for this as it is necessary for you to wear it.Some companies provide alert bracelets as an alternative that are not made of conductive material.

These are water proof and sturdy and can be used by the electricians while doing work on energized electrical circuits.


Earrings should not be worn by the electricians as there can be many drastic implications of it. Earrings can be of the some conductive material, so after wearing these you are at high risk of getting electrocution.

Also earrings is a such a thing than can fell down at any instance and can stuck in the helmet or in the electrical equipment. It’s recommended for electricians to not wear earrings during the electric work.

Silicon earrings is the alternative of it. As silicon is flexible and lightweight rubber and this makes it a pretty cool alternative of metal earrings.

Silicon earrings are well crafted ones. Silicon earrings are also long lasting than the metal earrings. These are not only safe to use but also very soft and comfortable to wear.


Electricians can wear watches but they should also avoid wearing metal watches during electric work.

Electricians have to make sure that watch surface is non-conductive in case they really want to wear. Surface of the watch should also be the smooth, so that it does not stuck to anything.

Sometimes a watch is essential to wear for seeing the time in case you forget the mobile at home.Sometimes phone is not allowed on the site.

On some complains you have to take care about the time aspect, so for this you should have a watch.

If you remove them before the work, there is a possibility that you forget to pick it up after doing electric work.

Silicon watches are also available as an alternative of metal watches. There are various designs being offered in different prices for many years.

Silicon watches fulfill the need for those electricians who do not want to remove them. Size of the watch can also be the matter of concern as it may create interference during the electric work. So, when purchasing watch, size factor should also be given importance.

Why should electricians wear rubber gloves?

Electrician should wear rubber gloves during electrical work to avoid shock. Rubber does not allow the flow of current through it.

Human body is a good conductor while Rubber is bad conductor and a pretty good natural insulator, so if body accidentally comes in contact with the wire having current then no current will pass through the body and electrician will not get the electric shock because of these protective rubber gloves.

But make sure you have rubber gloves of high quality and there should be no tear and hole in the gloves.

Also, different thickness rubber gloves are required for different wattage of the electricity, so make sure you have the required thickness rubber gloves for the task.

Rubber is a good insulator because it does not have the free electrons that are also known as conductive electrons.

Material having none or very few conductive electrons are good insulators and they does not allow the flow of the current.

Why do electricians wear protective boots?

Electricians wear protective boots to stop the flow of electricity through the body. Electricity needs an entry and exit point, so by wearing you are not providing it the exit point.

Electricity needs a complete path to flow continuously. These boots prevent the flow of current through your body to the ground.

Steel toe boots can be used by the electricians but metal should not be exposed. Metal should not be exposed to the outside environment and to the wearer foot side.

So, before purchasing the boots just make sure that its design risks the exposure of metal or not.

This metal exposure can be a risk factor but it’s all dependent on the manufacturer, so use high quality branded shoes to avoid inconvenience.

As far as material is concerned that what type of Protective boots should be used then the answer is rubber protective shoes is a very good safe option because of its high insulation capability.

Safety footwear having rubber soles reduces the chances of getting electric shock.Protective rubber gloves should also be used along with the protective rubber boots.

These precautions are though not protect 100% of the time from electric hazard but are quite effective as these protections reduces the chances of injury.

Should electricians wear safety glasses?

Yes, electricians should wear safety glasses. Below are some of the reasons why electricians should wear it while doing electricity work:

  • UV light & bright light produced by the electric arcs can be pretty harmful for the eyes. Safety glasses especially dielectric safety galass protect your eyes from corneal flash burns that are caused by the electric arcs. Safety glasses having special tinted lenses should be used while working on live wires.
  • Sometimes even if the electrical equipment itself is not supposed to explode, there can be the other surrounding stuff that can lead to the undesired explosion. As a result, some flying shrapnel can come from the electrical equipment on which you are working, if you have safety glasses then your eyes will be protected. In the absence of safety glasses in this unprecedented situation, not you’re your eye sight is at risk but also this shrapnel can enter your brain from your eye socket and can actually kill you.
  • Electricians who wear eyeglasses for better vision must use safety glasses because there can be the metal parts on the eyeglasses than can conduct electricity. As per the safety standards, these simple eye glasses are usually considered as the Conductive apparel, so avoid wearing them while doing the electrical work.

For more information about, Electrical PPE, read this article.

When should electricians wear full protection suit?

Electricians should wear full protection suit where their full body is exposed to the external drastic conditions.

Electricians have to work under all circumstances, especially when they are working on construction sites, they must wear their full protection suits to avoid any sort of injury that can come from any possible way.

When electrician work in domestic environment, they usually don’t require full protection suits. But, for industrial work and activities on the construction sites, it must be ensured that electricians wear full protection suit.

For protection suits there should not be synthetic fiber, because in case of an incident it could melt down onto your skin.

So, material of the suit should be customized as per the requirement. There should not be the holes and tears in the full protection suit and must be checked when going for a site where this is necessary.

When should electricians wear full face mask?

Electricians should wear full face protection when their face is exposed to hit by the explosive materials.

If you are working as an electrician on a construction site, any flying object form any direction can travel towards you, so you should wear a head protection and full face mask, so that your head and face can be saved from any unwanted accident.

Electricians who work on high voltage connections must also wear full face shields as there can be the sudden release of energy due to the electric arc.

Molten metal and arching energy can be very harmful for the face and face shields protect you from these. Arc flash shields can also be tinted for better protection.

Yes there can be problems with the clear vision, for this some face shields have anti-fog coating. It must be ensured that full face coverings must be used on dangerous sites and also when working on high voltage connections.

Can electricians wear shorts?

Yes electricians can wear shorts while doing electric work. But again it all depends where you are working. If you are working in residential areas, it’s OK to wear shots.

But, if you are working in industrial areas, it’s recommended you go with the full protection suit. In this way you are reducing the chances of any sort of injury.

Severity of the site is a big factor that decides what you should wear and what you should not wear. If there are chances that some unwanted object can hit your legs, then you must wear pants rather than shorts.

As a matter of precaution, it is recommended to always go with the extra careful mindset if you are an electrician and deals with high voltages. So before wearing or not wearing decision, risk assessment should be the done by the electrician.

Can electricians wear polyester shirts?

Electricians cannot wear polyester shirts while doing electric work duties. Synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester are not allowed for the electricians.

In case of the unprecedented explosions, nylon and polyester material may melt and adhere to the skin. Secondary burns can be the result for this adherence.

Natural fiber like cotton is allowed for electricians.Benefit of cotton clothing is that it does not ignite as fast as some other materials ignite. So, while working on energized circuits cotton clothing is much safe option than the polyester. Flame resistant cotton shirts serve best for this purpose.

Hard chemicals are used in making process of polyester and it can be dangerous to sensitive skin. These hard chemicals may also cause rashes to the skin.