6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Use of Rubber Sleeves. Wear rubber sleeves whenever there is a
possibility of arms coming within the working distance specified in Table 3-1. Rubber
sleeves are normally worn in conjunction with rubber glove work. Wear rubber sleeves
when performing live-line pole or bucket work within contact distance of a live line.
Care and Inspection. Rubber protective equipment must be inspected daily
and stored in its proper compartment or container. Protective equipment must not be
stored in a sharply bent position or exposed to the sun's rays, light, or heat.
5-2.5.1 General Care. Wipe dry all protective equipment before storing. Protect it
from contact with oil, paint, creosote, kerosene, gasoline, acids, and other harmful
materials. Rubber protective equipment must be turned in to an experienced testing
laboratory for cleaning, inspection, and electrical tests. Shorter inspection periods must
be considered where equipment is used frequently. Refer to Table 5-2 for required test
5-2.5.2 Care of Rubber Gloves. When not in use, rubber gloves must be carried in
glove bags. When in use, take the following precautions:
5-126.96.36.199 Rubber gloves must be washed when tested at an approved laboratory, and
kept free from embedded foreign matter.
5-188.8.131.52 Powder specifically designed for protective rubber gloves can be used after
washing rubber gloves to avoid skin irritation and to prevent the rubber from sticking
5-2.5.3 Inspection of Rubber Gloves. Before putting on rubber gloves, give each
glove an air test to detect cuts and weak spots. This is accomplished by rolling up the
glove tightly beginning at the gauntlet end. Listen and feel for air escaping through the
palm, thumb, or fingers. Gloves that show weak spots or air leakage must be
destroyed. It is recommended that one or more fingers of a defective glove be
immediately cut off to ensure no other worker inadvertently uses the glove.
5-2.5.4 Care of Rubber Blankets and Sleeves. Roll, never fold, rubber blankets
and sleeves. When being rolled, their surfaces must be brushed clean to prevent dirt
from becoming embedded in the surface of the rubber. Do not wear climbers when
standing on rubber blankets.
5-2.5.5 Inspection of Rubber Blankets and Sleeves. Inspect rubber blankets and
sleeves immediately before each use. Items with cracks, holes, snags, blisters, or other
defects must be discarded.
5-2.5.6 Inspection of Line Hose and Insulator Hoods. Inspect hose and hoods
immediately before use. Examine hose and hoods before each use to ensure that there
are no defects, and determine if they are suitable for further use.