Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.268(n)(1)(i)

OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at

July 11, 1983

Mr. William A. James
Code/Consultant/Variance Specialist
Technical Section
Accident Prevention Division Workers' Compensation
Department Labor and Industries Building
Salem, Oregon 97310

Dear Mr. James:

This is in response to your letter of June 2, 1983, addressed to Mr. James Lake, requesting an interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.268(n)(11)(iv) as it applies to the use of insulating gloves.

29 CFR 1910.268(f)(1) specifies that rubber gloves used for telecommunications work must meet the requirements of ANSI J6.6-1971, "Standard Specification for Rubber Insulating Gloves." This standard places gloves in classes depending on their protective characteristics. However, the standard permits gloves (referred to as "modified Class I" gloves) acquired before July 1, 1975, to meet a few different test specifications. For example, the "modified Class I" glove must have a breakdown voltage of 17kV, compared to 20kV for the standard Class I glove.

The ANSI standards have been