Dielectric Laboratory Testing

Certified Laboratory Testing Program

Burlington Safety Laboratory has been testing protective equipment since 1971. We are accredited by NAIL for PET, and our test procedures meet or exceed ASTM/ANSI, MIL Specs, NFPA 70E, FED and CAL OSHA standards. Our quality control procedures include thorough and accurate records of each and every article tested, along with dates and test values. Burlington Safety Laboratory’s technicians are fully trained before they perform critical tests on your personal protective equipment.

GlovesD120/F496Every 6 months
SleevesD1051/F496Every 12 months
BootsF1116/F1117Every 6 months
BlanketsD1048/F479Every 12 months
Line HoseD1050/F478Every 12 months
Rubber Insulating CoversD1049/F478Every 12 months
Rubber Insulating MattingD178Every 12 months
Hot Stick and Hot Line ToolsF711Every 2 years
Insulating Plastic GuardsF712Every 12 months
Grounds and JumpersF855/F2321Every 12 months
Insulating Aerial DevicesANSI-A92.2Every 12 months

Typical Test Procedure

  1. Solvent Cleaning - Solvent is environmentally acceptable, MSDS statement provided
  2. Detergent Washing - Mild detergent is used, MSDS statement provided.
  3. Dielectric Testing - Procedure is done in accordance with ASTM Standards, Rubber goods are rejected during this step for:
    • Electrical breakdown.
    • Leakage current exceeding maximum limits set forth in ASTM Standards.
  4. Drying - Drying is done with circulating warm air.
  5. Visual Inspection - Rubber goods are carefully inspected inside and out for age cracking, imperfections in the rubber, minor tears, chemical attack and corona cutting.
  6. Stamping - Rubber goods are stamped in ink and the boxes are labeled in accordance with ASTM.
  7. Packing - Rubber goods will be packed in cartons. Rejected gloves shall be so marked and returned.
  8. Documentation - Written certification of results will be furnished for all tested materials.

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