Rubber goods testing includes:
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) regulates how people can work on high and low voltage electricity. You can read the OSHA standard 1910.137 table of contents by clicking here. OSHA’s regulations are based on the standards issued by ASTM International (Originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) an organization whose members are made up of professionals from a number of industries, including the electrical industry.
The ASTM standard for rubber goods states that rubber gloves shall be electrically tested at least once each six months by a qualified testing lab after they have been used. Sleeves must be electrically tested every twelve months. Companies and unions often shorten that time frame to better protect their workforce. For example, companies may choose to test every 30 days or 90 days, or whatever they choose within the ASTM guidelines. The standards also state that complete records must be kept of all such tests and dates of issue.
Rubber blankets, must be electrically tested at least once each year after they are checked out for use, and complete records must be kept of all such tests and dates of issue. Rubber protective equipment not checked out for use within one year must be re-tested before being issued. But, like the standard for gloves and sleeves, many companies and unions shorten this timeframe. ASTM has not set a mandated time standard for testing line hose and hoods. ASTM does mandate a test for line hose and hoods if there is suspected damage. Then, the products should be tested by a qualified lab that meets ASTM standards such as American Safety’s to test the potentially damaged goods.