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SHOCKINGLY SAFE | How Cross Country Canada Keeps Your High Voltage Safety Gear Fail-Proof


The importance of high voltage safety by testing equipment and PPE.

In the high-stakes world of electrical line work, the integrity of your safety equipment can be the difference between a routine job and a life-threatening incident. At Cross Country Canada, we’re dedicated to ensuring that your electrical safety gear—whether it's insulated gloves, hot sticks, or bucket trucks—meets the highest standards of performance and reliability. Our advanced High Voltage Testing Facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology from Phenix Technologies, ensuring your tools are thoroughly vetted for safety.



Our Facility

At Cross Country Canada, our High Voltage Testing Facility is dedicated to ensuring the utmost safety and reliability of your electrical safety equipment. We begin with rigorous testing of rubber gloves and sleeves, going beyond standard field conditions to simulate maximum electrical stress. This ensures these critical pieces of personal protective equipment maintain their insulation integrity, providing uncompromising protection for your team in hazardous environments.


High Voltage Safety Testing Facility at Cross Country Canada
High Voltage Safety Testing Facility at Cross Country Canada

Complementing our testing capabilities, our facility features advanced cleaning and drying solutions for all types of rubber gloves. Our automated Rubber Glove Washer, constructed from durable 316 stainless steel with a rotating drum design, effectively cleans gloves, sleeves, gauntlets, and more. Following cleaning, our static-type Rubber Glove Dryer ensures gentle drying that prevents pinches and tears, using a built-in temperature controller for even heat distribution.


Rubber Glove and Sleeve Tester, designed to validate the insulation integrity of your personal protective equipment.
Rubber Glove and Sleeve Tester, designed to validate the insulation integrity of your PPE.

In addition to protective gear, we conduct thorough testing of equipment like hot sticks and jumper cables. Our Hot Stick Tester accommodates various lengths and voltage capacities, guaranteeing each tool meets stringent safety standards before use. Meanwhile, the JT-200 Ground Jumper Tester performs in-service testing of grounding jumper assemblies, crucial for maintaining electrical safety on de-energized power lines and equipment.


At Cross Country Canada, we prioritize your safety with meticulous testing and certification processes, ensuring your equipment performs flawlessly in critical environments.



The Crucial Role of Dielectric Testing

One of the core aspects of our testing regimen is dielectric testing. This process evaluates the insulation strength of your equipment, confirming it can handle high-voltage environments without failing. Whether it’s gloves, hot sticks, or bucket trucks, dielectric testing ensures that your gear won't let you down when you need it most.


Compliance with Industry Standards

We adhere strictly to ASTM standards, which are the benchmarks for safety and performance in the electrical industry. This compliance means you can trust that our testing processes are rigorous and in line with the latest industry requirements. Plus, our equipment is calibrated and traceable to NIST standards, guaranteeing precision and accuracy in every test.


 Our test simulate the maximum electrical stress they might encounter, ensuring they provide uncompromising protection.
Our test simulate the maximum electrical stress, ensuring they provide uncompromising protection.

Insulated Rubber Gloves: The First Line of Defence

Insulated rubber gloves are your hands-on protection against electrical hazards. At Cross Country Canada, we undertake a meticulous testing process to ensure these gloves provide maximum safety. Here’s how we do it:


  • Thorough Cleaning: We begin with an in-depth washing process to eliminate all contaminants. Any dirt or substance on the gloves can compromise their integrity.

  • Detailed Inspection: Each glove undergoes a rigorous visual inspection to detect any cuts, tears, or punctures that could pose risks during use.

  • High-Voltage Testing: The gloves are subjected to high-voltage dielectric tests to verify their ability to withstand electrical stress. This step is critical for ensuring the gloves can protect wearers in real-world conditions.


After testing, gloves are properly dried to maintain their integrity. A secondary visual inspection is conducted to catch any defects missed initially. Once gloves pass all tests, they are certified and ready for field use. If a glove fails, we immediately replace it from our inventory, minimizing your downtime and maintaining operational efficiency.



Our Hot Stick Certification Process is designed to ensure these tools are always safe to use.

Hot Sticks: Safety from Afar

For those working with live electrical lines, hot sticks are essential. Our Hot Stick Certification Process is designed to ensure these tools are always safe to use. The process includes:


Our Hot Stick Tester accommodates various stick lengths and voltage capacities.
Our Hot Stick Tester accommodates various stick lengths and voltage capacities.
  • Initial Inspection: We start with a thorough visual examination to find any visible damage or contamination. Surface cleaning removes any substances that could affect testing accuracy.

  • Electrical Testing: Hot sticks undergo high-voltage dielectric tests and leakage current measurements to confirm their insulation strength and effectiveness. Ensuring these sticks can handle electrical stress without fail is crucial for the safety of your crew.

  • Certification and Calibration: Once the tests are complete, we issue a compliance certificate, confirming that the hot sticks meet ASTM standards. Our calibration services are traceable to NIST standards, ensuring that the results are precise and reliable.


Bucket Trucks: Safety in High Places

Ensuring the safety and reliability of aerial lift platforms and bucket trucks is vital. At Cross Country Canada, our state-of-the-art facility uses the BK130, capable of testing up to 130,000 volts, to thoroughly evaluate your equipment. Our testing process includes:


we understand the importance of ensuring the safety and reliability of aerial lift platforms and trucks.
We ensure the safety and reliability of aerial lift platforms and trucks.
  • Visual Inspection: We meticulously inspect the truck’s insulating components for any physical damage or contamination that could compromise safety.

  • Electrical Testing: We conduct high-voltage dielectric tests on the aerial platform to ensure it can handle the electrical stress it will face in real-world situations.

  • Certification: After passing our rigorous tests, we provide a compliance certificate, guaranteeing that your bucket truck meets the highest safety standards set by ASTM.



Importance of Testing


Glove puncture results in severe injuries to worker. CREDIT:Dept of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety
Glove puncture results in severe injuries to worker. CREDIT:Dept of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety

Ensuring the reliability of your powerline equipment and personal protective gear through rigorous testing is not just prudent—it’s essential for safeguarding lives. Take, for example, the harrowing case of an electrical worker who suffered severe burns and required multiple surgeries due to a tiny puncture in his glove. This puncture allowed a 1000V electric shock through his wrist, highlighting the catastrophic consequences of equipment failure. It was discovered that the electrician did not properly isolate or test the equipment before beginning work, and he lacked adequate personal protective equipment. This tragic incident underscores the critical importance of regular testing. By proactively identifying even the smallest defects before they lead to harm, we can prevent such accidents and protect the well-being of your team.


By choosing Cross Country Canada, you are not just complying with safety standards; you are actively protecting your team and your operations from the dangers of electrical failures. Trust us to provide the rigorous testing and certification services you need to stay safe and efficient in the field.


Let us help you keep safety in your hands—literally and figuratively.



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