How to Test Lineman's Electric Gloves

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Take the time to understand the function of lineman's electric gloves before using or testing them. Used by electrical workers for handling high-voltage wires, they require testing before each use. Test them properly, and mark the date of the test on the record card on the cover of the case. Failure to perform proper testing on lineman's electrical gloves can result in injury or death.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat work desk or table
  • Go to a well-lit area. Remove the lineman's gloves from their protective bag. Separate the rubber gloves from their leather outer protectors and inner cloth liners.

  • Lay all of the gloves on a table or flat surface. Inspect the heavy leather outer gloves by looking for splinters---especially in the palms and fingers. Spread each of the fingers apart and inspect for splits or loose stitches. Inspect all areas for worn spots or holes.

  • Inspect the inner soft cloth liners as in Step 2. Check for moisture and mold or mildew. Turn the liners inside out, and repeat the same process.

  • Hold one rubber glove with the fingers pointing up, holding the thumb in one hand and the index finger in the other. Pull the two apart and look between them for holes and any sign of the inside color (which will be different from the outside color) showing through.

  • Continue the process described in Step 4 for each finger, and check both rubber gloves.Turn the rubber gloves inside out, and repeat the process for both gloves. Visually inspect the palms and backs of both rubber gloves by stretching them between your hands.

  • Turn the rubber gloves right side out, and lay them on a flat surface. Grasp the rubber glove by the edges of the open part and roll it toward the palm, watching it inflate with air as it rolls up; the fingers should fill with air.

  • Grasp the rubber glove tightly so no air can leak out. Hold it close to your face and squeeze it with your other hand, checking each finger and then the palm for leaks that blow air on your face. Repeat the process with the other rubber glove.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not test the gloves by touching an energized object.
  • Do not use the gloves if you do not understand how to test them.

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