Advanced Inspection and Cleaning - Protective Gloves
How often should an Advanced Inspection of fire fighter protective gloves be performed?
A minimum of every month or whenever a routine inspection indicates a potential problem
A minimum of every six months or whenever a routine inspection indicates a potential problem
A minimum of every three months or whenever a routine inspection indicates a potential problem
A minimum of every 12 months or whenever a routine inspection indicates a potential problem
All findings from an Advanced Inspection and Advanced Cleaning must be documented and kept on file with the department.
NFPA 1851 requires an Advanced Cleaning be performed at the time of the annual Advanced Inspection if gloves have not received an Advanced Cleaning in the preceding 12 months.
If your gloves become exposed to hazardous materials, you should:
Bury the gloves in a landfill
Isolate and bag the gloves immediately
Hose them down at the scene and let them dry before wearing again
Wash with a mild detergent after you return to the station
The water temperature for cleaning gloves may not exceed:
You should use a detergent with a pH:
Greater than 10.5 and less than 15.0
Greater than 2.5 and less than 10.5
Greater than 2.5 and less than 6.0
Greater than 6.0 and less than 10.5
Gloves may be machine washed in warm temperature in an agitating washing machine.
During an Advanced Inspection, check gloves for:
Cuts or worn areas, chemical contamination, thermal damage (charring, burn holes, melting or discoloration), torn seams or cut threads
Torn seams or cut threads
Cuts and thermal damage
Chemical contamination, cuts and thermal damage
If you detect water penetration during leak testing, you should:
Return the gloves to service if the leak is small
Get a manufacturer approved patch kit and repair the leak
You may return the gloves to service but must wear a vinyl glove underneath
Retire the gloves from service and get a replacement pair
Gloves should be stored:
Away from sharp edges or objects
Away from direct or indirect sunlight or fluorescent light
Extreme temperatures or moisture
All of above
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