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Request A FREE Voltgard® VT-12 Glove Inflation Tool


OSHA 1910.137 (b) and ASTM F496 cover the in-service care and use of rubber insulating gloves, which includes regular inspection and testing of in-service electrical protective equipment. To that end, rubber insulating gloves must be inspected before each use. Visually inspecting rubber gloves identifies physical, chemical or ozone damage. Inflating the gloves with air or otherwise stretching the surface helps identify age and ozone damage as well as other physical damage such as snags, abrasions or tears. Expand the gloves no more than 1.25-1.50 times their normal size. Listen for escaping air to detect holes. If a portable inflator is not available, use a rubber insulating glove inspection tool, such as the Voltgard® VT-12 Glove Inflation Tool, to simplify daily rubber glove visual examination by blocking escaping air when rolled.

  • To use, slide the end of the cuff into the "mouth" of the tool and roll the glove over and around the tool to create a tight seal for better inflation and visual inspection of the rubber glove working area
  • Design conveniently fits inside of glove bags for ease of transportation/use
  • Includes "Remember to test your gloves!" safety message printed on the tool as a visible reminder

Testing is also a critical and required component to maintaining arc flash and electrical safety, as the reduction in effectiveness of rubber insulating gloves may not always be readily apparent to the user. ASTM F496 applies to the in-service care of rubber insulating gloves. If you do not have the equipment required to perform these electrical tests, there are accredited independent testing facilities that can perform the acceptance and in-service testing on behalf of end users, such as Saf-T-Gard’s Voltgard® Test Lab, which proudly offers all of these services and more, including:

  • One of the largest, independent, NAIL4PET-accredited test labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment for the complete testing of rubber insulating products in the United States – all to applicable ASTM standards
  • Full-service testing and re-certification of rubber insulating gloves, sleeves, blankets, line hose, covers, dielectric footwear, jumper cables, grounding sets, plastic guards, hot sticks, matting, hoods and hand tools
  • Team of ASTM voting members, Qualified Safety Sales Professionals (QSSP) and NFPA 70E trained professionals to provide more than 100 combined years of safety expertise
  • 24/7 hotline for the emergency shipments of rubber insulating products and safety equipment
  • The Original Rubber Goods Change-Out Program® which ensures safe and timely compliance as the industry’s first structured, professionally-managed program including the monitoring, tracking and managing of rubber insulating products’ in-service use and testing intervals
  • One of the largest new rubber goods inventories in the world available to immediately replace any goods not meeting applicable ASTM, OSHA or company-set standards
  • A comprehensive selection of head-to-toe personal protective equipment, facility safety, first aid and arc flash and electrical safety to accommodate every safety need for whatever the job requires

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of rubber insulating products, arc flash safety clothing and kits, grounding equipment and testing services, Saf-T-Gard is dedicated to serving industries where worker safety and protection from electrical current are critically important. Request your FREE Voltgard® VT-12 Glove Inflation Tool today to get on your way to better electrical safety and compliance, and learn how the Voltgard® Test Lab is uniquely qualified to work with your facility and keep your employees safe while meeting all applicable industry standards.

Do you have rubber goods that need to be tested? Click here to access the Voltgard® Rubber Insulating Products Testing Order Forms to get started.