In recent years, there has been an expanded push on electrical wellbeing mindfulness for Employers. Employers are being encouraged to appreciate the need and importance of personal protective equipments(PPEs) the last line of defense when working on or near live electrical equipments. Unprotected practices might cause severe injury or even lead to death.
We’ve all heard shocking stories about laborers suffering electrical injuries while at work. Frequently these injuries could have been avoided, or the impact minimized, with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Regular glove testing can ensure your gloves are ready for the field and ready to protect you from electrical shock and other related hazard at work place.
For your protection, Gulf Coast Calibration(GCC) recommends the following practices;
1. Visually inspecting your gloves: GCC recommends thay you visually inspect your gloves inside and out for damage before and after each use. Check for cracks, tears, stretches and holes. The reason for this inspection is to ensure the electrical integrity of the glove and ensure personal safety.
2. Testing your insulating rubber gloves on a regular basis whether in use or not. According to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), it is to have gloves tested every three months when in use and every six months when not in use.
3. Store them in a bag specifically designed for electrical gloves when not in use: Store the bag in a cool, dark and dry place away from any sharp or heavy objects that could potentially damage the gloves. Ensure the area is free from ozone, chemicals, oils, solvents, damaging vapors/fumes and away from possible electrical discharge and sunlight. These materials can damage the gloves. Gloves should be placed in the bag in their natural shape and stacked on top of each other. Gloves shouldn’t be stored folded, creased, inside out or in any manner that will cause stretching or major compression.
4. Send your gloves to our Accredited testing laboratory as our experienced employee puts pride in their work and priotise the safety of our clients.
Following these simple steps will help to ensure your gloves are doing their job so you can do yours, safely.