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WAC 296-307-38012

What electrical requirements apply to electrical protective devices?

Insulating blankets, matting, covers, line hose, gloves, and sleeves made of rubber must meet the following electrical requirements:
(1) Equipment must be capable of withstanding the a-c proof-test voltage specified in Table 1 or the d-c proof-test voltage specified in Table 2.
(a) The proof-test must reliably indicate that the equipment can withstand the voltage involved.
(b) The test voltage must be applied continuously for three minutes for equipment other than matting and must be applied continuously for one minute for matting.
(c) Gloves must also be capable of withstanding the a-c proof-test voltage specified in Table 1 after a sixteen-hour water soak.
(2) When the a-c proof-test is used on gloves, the 60 hertz proof-test current must not exceed the values specified in Table 1 at any time during the test period.
(a) If the a-c proof-test is made at a frequency other than 60 hertz, the permissible proof-test current must be computed from the direct ratio of the frequencies.
(b) For the test, gloves (right side out) must be filled with tap water and immersed in water to a depth that is in accordance with Table 3. Water must be added to or removed from the glove, as necessary, so that the water level is the same inside and outside the glove.
(c) After the sixteen-hour water soak, the 60 hertz proof-test current may exceed the values given in Table 1 by not more than 2 milliamperes.
(3) Equipment that has been subjected to a minimum breakdown voltage test must not be used for electrical protection.
(4) Material used for Type II insulating equipment must be capable of withstanding an ozone test, with no visible effects. The ozone test must reliably indicate that the material will resist ozone exposure in actual use. Any visible signs of ozone deterioration of the material, such as checking, cracking, breaks, or pitting, is evidence of failure to meet the requirements for ozone-resistant material.
Note:
Rubber insulating equipment meeting the following national consensus standards is considered to be in compliance with WAC 296-307-38009, 296-307-38012, and 296-307-38015:
 
• American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 120-87, Specification for Rubber Insulating Gloves.
 
• ASTM D 178-93, Specification for Rubber Insulating Matting.
 
• ASTM D 1048-93, Specification for Rubber Insulating Blankets.
 
• ASTM D 1049-93, Specification for Rubber Insulating Covers.
 
• ASTM D 1050-90, Specification for Rubber Insulating Line Hose.
 
• ASTM D 1051-87, Specification for Rubber Insulating Sleeves.
These standards contain specifications for conducting the tests required in this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040. WSR 98-24-096, § 296-307-38012, filed 12/1/98, effective 3/1/99. WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-38012, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-38012, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]
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