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Inspection Guidelines

Rubber Glove Inspection Procedures

See industry reference: ASTM F 1236 Standard Guide for Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products

Examine closely to spot damaged, faulty gloves.



Checking or cracks due
to UV or ozone

Splits, cuts or holes from
snags and punctures

Grooves worn due to rope
burns or heat exposure

Weak creases resulting
from beingleft inside out
or folded too long

Palm fold pattern due to
overflexing, rigorous duty

"Blooms" or "swells"
from chemicals, oils

Testing on the Job and in the Lab

See industry reference: ASTM F 1236 Standard Guide for Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products

Daily and periodic tests help detect problems.

Manual Inflation: per ASTM F 1236


1. Grasp glove

2. Stretch to seal closed

3. Press and roll tightly

4. Twirl glove, rotating
on rolled ends

5. Entrap air by
holding in one hand

6. Hold close to ear, squeeze to add
pressure, listen and
feel for pinhole leaks

7. Turn glove inside out

Repeat process



Mechanical Inflators

ASTM F 1236 maximum inflation limits:

Type 1: 2 times normal size
Type 2: 1-1/4 times normal size

Test gloves both
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