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1,918 rubber goods

December 24, 2018 | Laura King-Homan | big number, safety
Sets of rubber gloves line the shelves at OPPD's Elkhorn Service Center

WHAT IS IT? The total number of rubber goods (gloves, sleeves and blankets) that are tested per cycle at the testing facility at OPPD’s Elkhorn Center.

There are four test cycles in a year – January, April, July and October. Each piece tested every other cycle, or twice per year.

That means a total of 7,672 rubber goods pieces are tested over the course of a year. On average, 70 pieces fail per cycle.

The tests look for cracks and holes in the equipment. This type of damage makes them unsafe for workers to wear around high voltage electricity.

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About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the supervisor, Brand and Communication Operations, at Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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