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Glove Safety in Electrofishing


Alan Temple <[log in to unmask]>


Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>


Fri, 6 Jul 2001 07:48:23 -0400





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Dear Colleagues,

The responses to Tom Kwak's query on the safety of various wader types for
electrofishing were very informative and particularly helpful when
evaluating electrofishing safety policies. Along with insulating footwear,
insulating gloves are required by many, if not all, safety policies.
Often, policies require gloves rated at or above the voltage generated by
the electrofishing unit. This usually means that the crew must wear
linesman's gloves, which can be expensive and limit dexterity. Although
requiring rated gloves seems to make good sense, consider that a crew
member would only be exposed to the high voltage levels of concern if she
held the electrodes and that waders/boots are not voltage rated. I would
be very interested in hearing about the types of insulating gloves used by
electrofishers and their experiences and opinions on the subject.

Thank you in advance for your input,

Alan J. Temple
USFWS-National Conservation Training Center
Route 1, Box 166
M.S. 13
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304.876.7225 (fax)
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