Insulating Glove Upkeep and Maintaining Your Gloves

Field inspection for insulated gloves

What to Look for and What You Can Do to Prevent Arc Accidents From Occuring

Insulating Rubber Gloves

In no cirmcumstance shall repairs be made to insulating gloves in the field.

What to look for:

Look for chemical snags on your insulating rubber gloves before use
Chemical Attack

Swelling caused by oils
and other pertroleum

Snags in electrical rubber insulated safety gloves

Damage shown here is due to wood and metal splinters and other sharp objects.

Crackling and Cutting in rubber gloves is caused by prolonged folding or compressing
Crackling & Cutting

Damage caused by prolonged folding or compressing.

What you can do:

Avoid Folding Gloves
Avoid Folding Gloves

The strain on rubber at a
folded point is equal to stretching the glove to twice its length.

UV Checking of rubber gloves
UV Checking

Damage shown here is due to wood and metal splinters and other sharp objects.

Avoid storing your insulating rubber gloves inside out
Avoid Storing Inside Out

Gloves should never be stored inside out. This strains the rubber severely and causes ozone cutting.


Storing your PPEStoring your PPE:
Proper storage mean that gloves must not be folded and need to be kept out of excessive heat, humidity, ozone, and any chemical or substance that could damage the rubber.

Leather Protectors:

Proper Care is essential to user safety. They should be inspected when inspectingrubber gloves.

Metal particles, imbedded wire, abrasive materials or any other substance that could physically damage the rubber gloves must be removed from the protector before use.

Leather protectors are the life of your rubber gloves.

They should always be worn over rubber gloves to provide the needed mechanical protection against cuts, abrasions, and punctures.

To ensure worker safety and the integrity, gloves need to be worn with leather protectors and be stored properly when not in use.

What you can do:

• Use your glove bags
• Never force more than 1 pair in a bag
• By doing so the gloves will lie flat and last longer
• Proper storage extends the life or your gloves and sleeves
• Hang your glove bag when possible
• Insert glove fingers up

Arc Flash Definition: 

A release of thermal energy from an electric arc by the vaporization and ionization of materials, reaching temperatures up to 35,000 °F. Exposure to these extreme temperatures both burns the skin directly and causes ignition of clothing. (2004 NFPA 70E)

Helpful Downloads:

Fiberglass Equipment:

Hastings care, maintenance and testing of hot line tools.

Salisbury hot sticks and tools.

Chance testing of hot line tools.

Electrical Grounding Catalogs:

Salisbury Grounding Catalogs:

1. Grounding Equipment Accessories

2. Safety Line Grounding Equipment

3. Salisbury Temporary Grounding Equipment

Chance / Hubbel Power Systems Grounding Catalogs:

1. History Of Personal Protective Grounding

2. Chance Electrical Principals

3. Chance General Instruments and Meters

4. Chance Grounding Equipment Catalog

5. Chance Grounding Applications and Considerations



Field Inspection - OSHA Regulations on visually inspecting you insulating rubber gloves before each use.