Glove, Sleeve Testing
Cover-up Testing
Hot Line Tools Repair, Testing
Grounding, Jumper Equipment

The safety requirements for electrical protective equipment are described in OSHA1910.137. The test intervals of each type of equipment are outlined in Table I-5 of this OSHA article. Here is an overview of these requirements, by equipment type.

“Before first issue and every 6 months thereafter; (Note 1) upon indication that insulating value is suspect; after repair; and after use without protectors.”

The user has 12 months from the test date to put new gloves into service. New (gloves that have never been issued for use) may be retested and the user has 12 months from that date to put them into service. When should rubber insulating gloves be retested? There are two standards that prescribe test intervals:

  • OSHA 1910.137 – Must be electrically tested before first issue and every six months thereafter.
  • OSHA 1910.268 (Tele-com) – Natural rubber insulating gloves must be electrically tested before first issue, twelve months after first issue and every 9 months thereafter.

“Before first issue and every 12 months thereafter; (Note 1) upon indication that insulating value is suspect; and after repair.”

“Before first issue and every 12 months thereafter; (Note 1) upon indication that insulating value is suspect; and after repair.”

“Upon indication that insulating value is suspect and after repair”

If any defect or contamination that could adversely affect the insulating qualities or mechanical integrity of the live-line tool is present after wiping, the tool shall be removed from service and examined and tested before being returned to service.

** “Note 1: If the insulating equipment has been electrically tested but not issued for service, the insulating equipment may not be placed into service unless it has been electrically tested within the previous 12 months.”

Send or drop-off equipment for testing to our building, located at:

Skarshaug Testing Laboratory
Attn: Equipment for Testing
505 South Bell Ave

Ames, IA 50010

Please also include the following information with your equipment:

  • Return information:
    • Shipping Address
    • Ship-Back Method — Pick-up, Ship Third-Party
  • Billing information:
    • Name & Address
    • Payment method
  • Purchase Order # (if applicable, we can include with paperwork and billing)
  • Any special instructions
  • LinkTemplate Packing List / Drop-off Form (not required)

The following is some basic information that might answer some initial questions you have.

We only have one location (both billing and receiving), so send equipment to:

Skarshaug Testing Laboratory
Attn: Equipment for Testing
505 South Bell Ave
Ames, IA  50010

It is not necessary to address the equipment to the attention of a specific person at the lab.

No RGA is necessary, but the following information is very helpful:

  • Name and contact information of person sending equipment for test
  • Return shipping address of person sending equipment for test
  • Return billing address of person sending equipment for test
  • Packing List (so that upon unpacking, we can confirm that we received everything you intended to send to us) **Template Packing List / Drop-off Form (not required)
  • Method of Payment: referencing either a PO or other method (we do take these credit cards: VISA/MC, AmEx, Discover)

Please allow at least 3 weeks turn-around time at the lab.  We test things on a first-in-first-out basis, so there will be some variance here.

  • ID-labels — the one-time cost for placing labels on each glove so the gloves can be aligned with a test report ($2.00/pr of $1.00/ea)
  • Return Shipping — the customer will assume the cost of return shipment
  • Replacements — this is an optional service, where we can replace failed items IF the customer would like us to do so. The cost varies depending upon the product.  Call for specific pricing on your specific equipment.

  • STL has been a testing laboratory of lineworkers' safety equipment since 1950.
  • Skarshaug Testing Laboratory is accredited by the Association of North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing (NAIL for PET).
  • The First NAIL Accredited Lab (1982)
  • STL is NAIL accredited to test all of the major categories of insulated equipment used by electrical line workers today, including: Gloves, Sleeves, Blankets, Line Hose, Covers, Matting, Hot Sticks & Line Tools, Plastic Guards, Aerial Devices, Bucket Liners, Overshoe Footwear, and Jumper Cables.