Retest from date put in use in 6 months or 12 month which ever comes first?
there is a tag on the rubber liners. You need recertification within 6 months of that date. They will put on the new date on each inspection.
he 2018 NFPA 70E has clarified this a little bit. Table 130.7(C)(7) says that gloves must be tested, "Before first issue; every 6 months thereafter." And has a footnote that says, "New insulating equipment is not permitted to be placed into service unless it has been electrically tested within the previous 12 months. Insulating equipment that has been issued for service is not new and is required to be retested in accordance with the intervals in this table."
OSHA 1910.137, Table I-5 says rubber gloves must be tested "Before first issue and every 6 months thereafter; upon indication that insulating value is suspect; after repair; and after use without protectors." Their footnote says, "If the insulating equipment has been electrically tested but not issued for service, the insulating equipment may not be placed into service unless it has been electrically tested within the previous 12 months."
The interpretation I have seen is what you describe. If you take new gloves from stock, you can use them for 6 months after first issue and not beyond the 12 months from the test date, whichever comes first. For example, if the 12-month expiration date would be in December and you take them from stock in April, you have 6 months use and then they must be retested. If you take them from stock in October and the 12 months is up in December, you can use them for 2 months and then must have them retested. In other words, they cannot be used beyond 12 months from the test date. Period. If they are in stock, but have been used before and retested, then they expire 6 months from the test date.
Since gloves normally have a test date and not an expiration date, it is important to document date of first use and preferably establish an expiration date and mark it on the gloves. The problem with using only a test date is that it can be confusing. Someone checking the gloves may think they're already expired.
It seems logical that you should get 6 months use out of new gloves when issued regardless of when the 12-month date expires, but the contradiction is that they must have been tested within the last 12 months.
This publication from OSHA also is helpful:
Electric Power eTool: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Insulating Gloves and Sleeves
It is specific in its language in saying that, "...the gloves and sleeves must be electrically tested at regular intervals of not more than 6 months for gloves..."
Hopefully, other people will weigh in with their interpretations.
That is the confusion we have encountered. So following OSHA 1910.137 Table I-5 (PPE regulating Body) note is acceptable. But make sure in use or issued gloves are tested every 6 months or before 12 months which ever comes first. That's how we understand it, Thanks!
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