When it comes to workplace safety, American Safety is tenacious in our efforts to provide the best testing available! We take great pride in being a certified NAIL for PET (North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing) rubber goods testing lab. American Safety has one of the quickest turnarounds of rubber goods testing, which, in most cases, is ten days. Each rubber good that is tested is washed, tested, hand and visually inspected and dated.
Our Rubber Goods Testing Includes:
Lineman’s glove & electrical PPE dielectric testing
High voltage & low voltage glove dielectric testing
Electrician’s insulating glove dielectric testing
Rubber blanket & mat dielectric testing
Rubber line hose & cover-up dielectric testing
Rubber sleeve & overshoe dielectric testing
Insuring rubber equipment is up-to-date, stored properly to prevent deterioration, as well as thoroughly tested and labeled in the manner required by ASTM and regulated by OSHA is a job that commands diligence, follow through, and detailed organizational processes. American Safety Utility Company provides this service for clients saving time, money, and improving overall safety.
Rubber Goods Testing Requirements:
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) regulates how people can work on high and low voltage electricity. 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.
Contact us to schedule rubber goods testing in our NAIL Accredited Rubber Goods Testing Lab.