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    Voltage rated gloves

    Must 00 class voltage rated gloves be retested, if used, every 6 months?
    I have been told no, by a corporate safety guy, but everything I have read says yes, they must be retested. Anybody know for sure?
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    NFPA 70E requires gloves and requires periodic testing of gloves.

    Nothing says you MUST follow NFPA 70E. OSHA however says EVERY employer MUST have a program of electrical safety procedures. That program CAN be based on NFPA 70E and they recommend it highly.

    If there is an accident and OSHA is brought in to investigate, question #1 to the business owner / manager is "What is your program of electrical safety?" If they respond that you follow NFPA 70E, OSHA moves on into looking at the details of the accident. If they respond "What program of electrical safety?", they can shut down the business and send everyone home until they evaluate every little detail. Everyone loses money.

    ONE of those details will be PPE and the required periodic testing of it.

    Bottom line, it is YOUR LIFE AND HEALTH that is on the line, not his. If HE is so damned sure that periodic testing is not required, make HIM prove it to you in writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jraef View Post
    If HE is so damned sure that periodic testing is not required, make HIM prove it to you in writing.
    Translation: ask for a layoff.

    (Unless you are a union member, then report him to the local and let them fix it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drobo View Post
    Must 00 class voltage rated gloves be retested, if used, every 6 months?
    I have been told no, by a corporate safety guy, but everything I have read says yes, they must be retested. Anybody know for sure?
    Thanks,
    Drobo
    NFPA 70E, Article 130.7 leads to Table 130.7(C)(7) Rubber Insulating Equipment, Maximum Test Intervals...GLOVES are TESTED before first issue, every 6 months thereafter*.

    * 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.

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    Doesn't matter what NFPA 70E says as OSHA 1910.137 has the requirements for rubber insulating gloves as well as blankets and sleeves. OSHA requires that gloves be tested before first issue and every 6 months after. Note that first issue is important in that some gloves are not tested when they are sold and the buyer needs to have them tested.

    Additionally, note that Class 00 gloves are rated for maximum of 500V. 480V systems may run 5% hot which is 504V so the voltage rating is exceeded. If working on 480V systems, a Class 0 glove is a better choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    Translation: ask for a layoff.

    (Unless you are a union member, then report him to the local and let them fix it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jraef View Post
    If HE is so damned sure that periodic testing is not required, make HIM prove it to you in writing.
    better yet, let HIM use the gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATSman View Post
    Love it!!
    How true!

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    John Cangemi just spoke about the need for testing at a recent IAEI meeting in Maryland. Testing is needed.

    http://www.burlingtonsafety.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    Translation: ask for a layoff.

    (Unless you are a union member, then report him to the local and let them fix it.)
    A "corporate safety guy" is going to institute a layoff? And if so, he is going to pick you out for layoff because you asked for proof of the LACK of a safety requirement?

    Any employment lawyer would DROOL over taking that case...
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