• Electrical Equipment Testing Services

    Burlington Safety Laboratory has been providing testing services for electrical safety equipment for over 50 years. We are a distributor of electrical and personal safety equipment and are also accredited by the National Association of Independent Laboratories for protective equipment testing (NAIL for PET). All of our testing procedures meet CAL OSHA standards, as well as ASTM/ANSI, MIL specs, FED, and NFPA 70E standards. We have operations on both the East and West Coast, in New Jersey and California.

    Burlington Safety Laboratory offers numerous electrical equipment testing services, including calibration and repairs, laboratory testing, and more.

    Calibration and Repairs

    We calibrate, repair and refurbish a wide selection of live line tools, including:

    • Hot-line tools
    • Grounds and jumpers
    • Insulated hand tools
    • Electrical test equipment
    • Fiberglass tools and equipment

    Live line tools need to be carefully tested and maintained to ensure user safety. Over time, with regular use and exposure to the elements, tools and electrical safety equipment can become scuffed or damaged and need to be professionally repaired and tested to meet ASTM and OSHA standards.

    Fiberglass tools, including hot sticks, hot arms and hot ladders can also be refurbished and made “like new” again. Unless there is mechanical damage, there is no reason to discard an old fiberglass tool. Refurbishing entails cleaning, sanding and applying new epoxy to the tool to get it back in tip top shape. Once refurbishing is completed a complimentary proof test is done to ensure that tool complies with all ASTM standards for safety.

    Just as fiberglass tools become scuffed and damaged over time so do grounds and jumpers. Burlington Safety Laboratories provides repair service for all grounding equipment. A broken clamp, a bad ferrule or a cut in the cable jacketing doesn’t mean the equipment has to be taken out of service. We can repair existing grounds and jumpers whether it be replacing a clamp or replacing some damaged cable and get it back in service for a fraction of the cost of a brand new ground or jumper.

    Burlington Safety Laboratory uses testing procedures that meet or exceed ASTM standards to ensure your equipment is accurately calibrated and in optimal working condition.

    Laboratory Testing

    High voltage rubber protective equipment needs to be regularly tested according to ASTM standards. Rubber products each have different required testing intervals, with gloves requiring testing the most frequently at 6-month intervals. Burlington Safety Laboratory is fully accredited by NAIL and follows rigorous testing procedures outlined by ASTM.

    Our testing services follow an eight-step plan that begins with solvent cleaning the items to remove any contaminants. Next, we wash the items in a mild detergent before performing dielectric testing according to ASTM standards. If the rubber goods show no sign of electrical breakdown or excessive current leakage, they continue to the next stages: drying and visual inspection. If the rubber shows no cracks or imperfections, it will then be ink stamped with certification before being packed and documented.

    Online and On-Site Safety Training

    Burlington Safety Laboratory offers two methods of safety training: online and on-site. Both methods will allow you to meet training requirements without needing to travel and are available at a fixed cost. The recommended class sizes are 25 for on-site training and 24 separate computers for the online training.

    The differences between these two training methods are that on-site training is customizable to meet your specific needs and only on-site training provides continuing education units (CEU).

    Some of the specific training courses we offer include:

    • NFPA 70E 2015 — Electrical Safety in the Workplace
    • OSHA 1910 Subpart S — Electrical
    • Care and Use of Personal Protective Equipment
    • Selection, Care, and Use of Arc Related Clothing
    • Hazard Analysis — Shock and Arc Flash

    On-Site Testing

    We offer the following on-site testing services:

    • Aerial Lift inspection and testing. This includes visual inspection, operational check, dielectric testing, a certification label, and a certified test report.
    • Hot-stick testing. Includes dielectric testing, cleaning and waxing, minor repairs, a certification label, and a certified test report.
    • Temporary ground set testing. This includes amperage testing, visual inspection, cleaning, minor repairs, a certification label, and a certified test report.

    Different types of equipment have separate OSHA testing frequency requirements. While in general these types of equipment are checked daily by operators, they should also undergo an independent third-party inspection at regular intervals. Aerial lifts and temporary ground sets should undergo testing annually, while hot line tools should be tested every two years or when an incident has occured.

    Technical Services

    Burlington Safety Laboratory also offers technical services, such as arc flash assessment and analysis. OSHA 1910.132 and NFPA 70E require employers to protect workers from potential hazards and to implement a documented electrical safety program. Arc flash studies are a vital aspect in determining which types of PPE and electrical devices are suitable for service at a facility.

    Completing an arc flash analysis requires several steps. Electrical diagrams need to be verified as correct, and then the incident energy and arc flash boundary should be calculated. A short circuit study will be performed, as well as an equipment short circuit duty assessment. There will also be a protective device coordination study, as well as a final system evaluation.