6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
WORK AREA PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
INTRODUCTION. This chapter addresses the work area protective
equipment that supports electrical construction and maintenance, and the associated
requirements for their inspection and use. Always refer to manufacturer's instruction for
specific instructions when available.
RUBBER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Rubber protective equipment
consists of gloves, sleeves, blankets, insulator hoods, and line hose. Ensure all items
meet or exceed the requirements of the applicable ASTM F 18 series standards.
Job Requirements. The authorized individual-in-charge must determine the
necessary type and amount of protective equipment required on the job and visually
inspect it before use. Rubber goods must be inspected immediately before each use.
Destroy any item found to be defective
5-2.1.1 Each line truck and service/trouble truck, which is required to carry protective
equipment, must carry enough protective equipment rated at or above the voltages that
could be encountered. Transport the protective equipment in waterproof, lightproof, and
dustproof compartments or containers.
5-2.1.2 Do not carry rubber protective equipment in compartments with other tools,
even if the tools are in tool bags.
Use of Rubber Protective Equipment. Rubber or other approved protective
equipment must be used on all conductors or energized parts, which could be contacted
by a worker climbing to or reaching from a work position. Rubber or other approved
protective equipment must be rated for the voltage encountered. Table 5-1 provides the
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.137 voltage and proof test requirements for rubber insulating
equipment. Table 5-2 provides the rubber insulating equipment test intervals.