Electrical Personal Protection Equipment Requirements and OSHA Regulations

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Burn victim - Did not have their Personal Protection Equipment.JM Test System is concerned about you and your employees’ safety. We have provided these helpful links to assist you with the various standards and regulations on PPE.

Why and When to Test Electrical Personal Protection Equipment PPE:

  • Industry standards and regulations:
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910 and 1926
  • NFPA NEC 2008
  • Various ASTM Requirement

Rubber Insulating Equipment Test Intervals (OSHA 1910.137 Table I-6)

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Type of Equipment

When to Test

Rubber Insulating line hose

Upon indication that insulating value is suspect

Rubber insulating covers

Upon indication that insulating value is suspect

Rubber insulating blankets

Before first issue and every 12 months thereafter(1)

Rubber insulating gloves

Before first issue and every 6 months thereafter(1)

Rubber insulating sleeves

Before first issue and every 12 months thereafter(1)


If the insulating equipment has been electrically tested but not issued for service, it may not be placed into service unless it has been electrically tested within the previous 12 months.

What OSHA Standards Address Electrical Safety?

OSHA standards cover many electrical hazards in many different industries. OSHA general industry electrical safety standards are published in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1910.302 through 1910.308 – Design Safety Standards for electrical System and 1910.331 through 1910.335 – Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices Standards.

OSHA’s electrical standards are based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards NFPA 70, National Electric Code, and NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces.

OSHA also has electrical safety standards for the construction industry, in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart K. OSHA’s standards for marine terminals, in 29 CFR 1917, and for long shoring, in 29 CFR 1918, reference the general industry electrical standards in Subpart S of 1910. The shipyard standards in 29 CFR 1915 cover limited electrical safety work practices in 29 CFR 1915.181.

For more information on OSHA Standards, follow the links below to OSHA’s Website:

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.137 Electrical protective devices http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9787

OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S Safeguards for personnel protection http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9912

OSHA 29 CFR 1226 Safety and Health Regulations for Construction http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owastand.display_standard_group?p_toc_level=1&p_part_number=1926

NEC 2008


For more information regarding our electrical personal protective equipment, or the OSHA standards regarding this equipment, please contact us at 800-353-3411 or email us at [email protected].