Eureka Safety ESD and ATEX

“Harnessing Electrostatic Properties: Ensuring Safety for You and Your Electronics”

Have you ever experienced a small zap when touching something? This is caused by the separation of positive and negative charges, creating localized electrostatic charges. These small zaps, while often harmless to us, can be damaging to electronic devices and, in extreme cases, can ignite explosive atmospheres.

At Eureka, we’re committed to addressing these risks head-on and have tested all of our products’ electrical properties.

Understanding ATEX Risks: ATEX pertains to the accidental ignition of explosive atmospheres like hydrogen, natural gas, gasoline, or even dust. Gloves must exhibit an electric resistance of less than 10^9 ohms (one billion ohms) to be deemed safe in these environments.

ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) and Your Electronics: The charge we accumulate might be minuscule, but the resulting voltage can be immense. A synthetic glove can accumulate thousands of volts, and it takes only a 100-volt discharge to damage a computer chip. To protect your devices, we recommend using products with low electric resistance. Gloves that are ESD-safe have a vertical electric resistance below 1*10^8 (100 million ohms).

The Science Behind the Properties:

  • Preventing Charge Accumulation: We incorporate conductive fibers or natural/hydrophilic materials to minimize charge buildup. Synthetic materials like polyester and nylon are more prone to accumulating charges.
  • Discharge Efficiency: The electric resistance of a material determines its discharge rate. Lower resistance means quicker neutralization of a charged glove.

Our product range at Eureka has been categorized based on their electrostatic properties – from high risk (prone to static accumulation and slow discharge) to optimal (low static accumulation and rapid discharge).

Practical Tips:

  • Humidity Matters: Our testing shows that lower humidity levels (25-30% Relative Humidity) increase risks. A higher humidity environment is generally safer.
  • Avoid Low-Grade ESD Materials: Even with moderate Atex/ESD risks, it’s wise to steer clear of materials with poor ESD properties.
  • Prioritize ESD Certification: If facing significant ESD risks, always opt for ESD-certified products.

Are you a customer of ours? view our ESD ATEX rating of our entire range on our customerpage.

For more information please contact us at eureka@berger.se

Stay safe and informed with Eureka, where we blend innovation with safety!

Summer Closing Dates 2023

Our Sweden warehouse will be closed for 2 weeks with a period of reduced order processing.

  • W24 / Week of June 12th: Normal Operation
  • W25 / Week of June 19th: Closed Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd
  • W26 / Week of June 26th: Normal Operation
  • W27 / Week of July 3rd: Normal Operation
  • W28 / Week of July 10th: Normal Operation
  • W29 / Week of July 17th: CLOSED
  • W30 / Week of July 24th: CLOSED
  • W31 / Week of July 31st: Limited Order Processing
  • W32 /  Week of August 7th: Normal Operation

Be sure to get your orders in with us in good time!

3 for 2 promotion Eureka 18-5 SuperCool Nitrile

18-5 SuperCool Nitrile Promo!

From launch in 2021 to being our most highly rated glove in 2022, now in 2023 we want to show appreciation by offering a limited time 3 for 2 promotion on our 18-5 SuperCool Nitrile. 

Are you in the security/law enforcement industry? Check out how the 18-5SNI is the perfect glove here!

Some key features:

  • EN388 Cut level F / ANSI A6
  • Ultra thin, ultra light, breathable, and comfortable glove made with 18 gg yarn
  • Highest dexterity
  • Thumb-patch reinforcement for improved durability
  • Touch-screen enabled
  • Available in un-marked full black. Developed in collaboration with law enforcement: 18-5 SNI Black Edition and the 18-6 Puncture Soft. See the video here (These black edition models are not part of the May 2023 3-for-2 promotion)

Offer is valid during May 2023 and applies to orders placed up until (and including) May 31st 2023.

And the Entrepreneur of the year award goes to

We are excited to announce that our Owner and CEO has been awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in Härryda municipality, Sweden. The assessment criteria included leadership and setting an example, creativity and innovation, as well as profitability and growth. The jury also recognized Y. Berger & Co. AB / Eureka’s forward thinking efforts in sustainability, which sets us apart from others in the industry.

Our CEO’s recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year is a testament to their leadership qualities and innovative approach, which have resulted in our company’s continued success. This award is an exciting milestone for our company, and we are proud to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability.

Eureka Needle Stick Image. Wearing glove holding syringes

Puncture vs. Needlestick

When to use Puncture resistant cut glove or a true needle resistant glove?

The difference between a cut and a puncture may not be obvious. A cut may start with the tip of a pointed object and continue as a cut. However, when exposed to puncture risks such as wood splinters or sharp metal or glass shards, you should get some puncture protection. The puncture may also be crude and blunt or very fine with a sharp cutting edge, like a hypodermic needle.

The puncture test in the EN388 standard is made with a 1mm flat tip probe, which is very coarse compared to real-life puncture hazards. At Eureka, we test puncture resistance from coarse probes to thin and sharp needles. The key takeaway is that when the puncture threat is finer than about 0.5mm in diameter, you need to switch from a “Puncture 3 or 4 rated” cut-resistant glove to a real needle-resistant glove like the Eureka 15-4 Puncture Soft.

EN388 Puncture probes vs ASTM F2878

Eureka In-Store Posters

General Eureka Safety in-store posters are now available for download from our customer page!

 

Warm or cold, Eureka has the meat processing glove for you!

Hand safety in slaughterhouses can be divided into two categories: pre-cold storage and post-cold storage. Eureka has the solution for both stages of processing.

For processing warm/room temperature carcasses pre-cold storage we recommend our 18-4 Cool Insider. (EN388 Cut level E / ANSI A5). A thin and cool-feel glove for a safe and steady grip on the knife hand. Skin friendly due to its fiberglass and steel-free construction and lasts up to 20 washing cycles!

For frozen/cooled carcasses post-cold storage processing we recommend our long lasting and comfortable 10-5 Food (EN388 Cut level F / ANSI A6) with a reverse knit construction and cotton lining for insulation from the cold.

 

Aid to Ukraine!

Recently, Eureka has donated 17,000 pairs of gloves to Ukraine in an effort to support local rescue and aid services.

We have sent Arc Flash gloves for power grid repairs, cut protection gloves for rescue services and winter gloves.

Wishing everyone a safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Eureka team.

Seasons Greetings!

Seasons greetings! We at Eureka wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A huge thank you to everyone and we look forward to new opportunities in 2023! Delivery handling will be limited on orders placed between the 21st of December and 9th of January.

Happy Holidays!

Improved service for UK customers

Y. Berger & Co. AB has registered our UK company, “Eureka Safety UK” and are now ready to deliver “Delivered Duty Paid” anywhere in the United Kingdom!

The new set up allows for either direct orders from our Sweden stock, but imported into UK, or to take on production orders direct from the factory but still imported into the UK.