by , on November 19, 2014
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Q.  Can someone tell me if your rubber gloves need to be replaced with new ones if they are tested every 6 months and pass the test? I was told they are to be replaced at 1-year intervals whether they pass or not.

A.  As long as the gloves pass the test every 6 months, they are acceptable for use.

Lee Hale: I have seen class 0 gloves that have lasted 6-8  years if properly protected and used with the correct glove talc. I’ve also seen the “baby powder glove approach” that won’t make three tests. It’s all in the usage, proper storage and correct glove talc or glove liner. If your folks are using baby powder, the glove will not last very long.

Hugh Hoagland: Gloves are replaced when they fail a visual inspection, air test or electrical test. If there is anything that makes a worker suspect the glove is unfit for service, feel free to replace it but there is no annual replacement requirement.   Many high voltage gloves will last for 5-8 years depending on use.  Please use ASTM F496 and the manufacturer’s website for guidance.


Hugh Hoagland
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1 Comment on "Burning Questions: Do Rubber Gloves Need To Be Replaced With New Ones Every 6 Months?"

Loren Rivkin - 20 November 2014 Reply

Hugh, as is usually the case, you are absolutely correct. Replacing your gloves every six months is not only not necessary but a complete was of money. Be sure to use NAIL4PET-accredited test lab such as the Voltgard Test Lab when you send in your gloves for testing/certification. For more information take a look at this FAQ from Voltgard. http://www.saftgard.com/assets/1/Page/FAQ%20retest%20rubber%20products.pdf

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