Glove Bag Seam Failures Experienced
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Type:  Just-In-Time Report

Publisher:  Washington River Protection Solutions, Hanford Site

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Contracts and Procurement, Operations, Quality Assurance, Work Management/Planning, Radiation Protection

In the last three months, the Hanford Tank Operations Contractor has experienced four glove bag failures. Workers reported separation of the glove bags at seam joints during pre-installation tug-testing and during initial certification inspections of glove bags already installed. Recent issues experienced in the field were glove bags tearing adjacent to the heat seal near the Velcro seams and the glove bag tearing in the corners at the support points.

Pre-use inspections provide a means to confirm seam adhesion and certification inspections of glove bags prior to use provide a means of ensuring no loss of integrity will occur during the planned work activity.

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