Referring Specifically to Table 130.7(C)(7) Rubber Insulating Equipment, Maximum Test Intervals. If someone could explain what if means by every 6 months because I see that it says every 12 months as well.
The testing interval for for rubber insulating gloves as described in NFPA 70E (2018) Art 130.7(C)(7) sets the standard interval at 6 months. I looked back at the 2015 and 2012 editions and the language is pretty much the same.
(1) Once a pair of gloves has been issued, test every six months.
(2) If unissued and pulled from your inventory and the inspection date is greater than 12 months, retest is required prior to issuing.
(3) Additionally, anytime insulating equipment is suspect, replace or retest.
This is very interesting because I have only ever heard electrical Safety
Gloves have to be tested every year not every 6 months.
I agree with Steve, The NFPA70E Standard has always stated testing every 6 months after issue.
I use two colors of gloves, Black and Red. I issue Red in January and Black in July, That way I can look at an Electricians gloves and tell they have been changed and then I send the other set off to be tested. I keep a Glove Exchange log that tells me when the employee received the gloves and the serial number off of the gloves.
Thank you for the information. I am very new to this new rule and we
haven't had them testing in a long time because we were unaware of the
rule. Plus we only use them for emergencies not on a regular basis.
Michael, gloves are not only for working on energized circuits. They should also should be worn in instances of testing for absence of voltage, actually up to the point that a circuit is considered electrically safe. That being said, some companies elect to replace gloves rather than send them out for testing. In any case gloves should be properly inspected and air tested prior to use.
Thanks for this information,
I don't think we ever have had to wear these electrical safety gloves. That
is why we have probably never tested them But now that we know this new
rule change I will start doing it every 6 months with the ones that we have
at our facility. I received 3 quotes and that is something I plan to get
Really? Sending them out for Testing, then returned, cost less than purchasing new Gloves?
Virgin Rubber provides better insulation than older Rubber - to what end? 3 more Months, 5?
I'm not taking that chance.
It is $9 per pair of gloves to be tested and I have 4 pairs of gloves so
yes it is cheaper than purchasing 1 new pair of gloves
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