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ASTMSignificance and Use

4.1 Electrical contact injuries to workers may involve a current path through the feet of the worker. The footwear covered by this specification is dielectrically rated to provide additional insulation and isolation to the wearer. This test method will determine that dielectric footwear has dielectric integrity at the time of the test.

1. Scope

 1.1 This test method covers testing to determine the “Dielectric Strength” of dielectric over foot and overshoe footwear. Testing is done over the maximum possible area of the dielectric footwear without permitting flash over between electrodes.

1.2 The use and maintenance of dielectric footwear is beyond the scope of this test method.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific hazard statements appear in 5.2.

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Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.


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