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  • ASTM
    F496-08 Standard Specification for In-Service Care of Insulating Gloves and Sleeves
    Edition: 2008
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Description of ASTM-F496 2008

ASTM F496 - 08

Standard Specification for In-Service Care of Insulating Gloves and Sleeves

Active Standard ASTM F496 | Developed by Subcommittee: F18.15

Book of Standards Volume: 10.03



This specification covers the in-service care, inspection, testing, and use voltage of insulating gloves and sleeves for protection from electrical shock. Gloves and sleeves covered under this specification are designated as type I or type II; class 00, class 0, class 1, class 2, class 3, or class 4. Type I - nonresistant to ozone, made from a high-grade cis-1,4-polyisoprene rubber compound of natural or synthetic origin, properly vulcanized, and type II - ozone resistant, made of any elastomer or combination of elastomeric compounds. The recommended sequence of inspection and testing of gloves and sleeves at an electrical testing facility are: check-in, washing, and preliminary inspection; repair; electrical test; drying; final inspection; record-keeping and marking; and powdering, pairing, and packing for storage or shipment. Electrical testing shall be performed to meet the requirements prescribed.

This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

1. Scope

1.1 This specification covers the in-service care, inspection, testing, and use voltage of insulating gloves and sleeves for protection from electrical shock.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. See IEEE/ASTM SI 10.

1.3 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Sections 6 and 7, of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For a specific warning statement, see 7.2.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

ASTM Standards

D120 Specification for Rubber Insulating Gloves

D1051 Specification for Rubber Insulating Sleeves

D2865 Practice for Calibration of Standards and Equipment for Electrical Insulating Materials Testing

F696 Specification for Leather Protectors for Rubber Insulating Gloves and Mittens

F819 Terminology Relating to Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers

F1236 Guide for Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products


electrical insulating gloves; electrical insulating sleeves; lineman; lineman protective equipment; Electrical insulating materials--specifications; Electrical protective equipment--specifications; In-service evaluation/monitoring--medical applications; Protective clothing--specifications; Rubber insulating gloves; Sleeves/sleeving--specifications;

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 13.260 (Protection against electric shock. Live working)

DOI: 10.1520/F0496-08

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