To Wash or Not to Wash … That Should NOT be the Question.

“How should we be washing and caring for our arc-rated PPE?” is a question that I am asked frequently when working with companies on electrical safety issues across the country. The answer to that question has changed a bit, as we continue to deal with the effects of Covid-19. The one common notion in almost all of these discussions is that arc-rated clothing is hardly being laundered. It was the same with at most recent visit, where they said they...


Posted By Category: Arc Flash, OtherComments: 0Post Date: September 17, 2021

Gold Face Shields in the Hot Workplace

Workers in Foundries and Smelteries are exposed to high heat during their work casting metals into molds. Heating up metal requires extremely high levels of heat. Stainless steel, for instance, melts at ~2750°, which creates a dangerous level of radiant heat. Gold has a special property that is used in face shields to reflect that radiant heat away from the wearer. The worker is exposed to less heat and is feeling cooler. By fusing a face shield with gold, Oberon creates...


Posted By Category: Heat ReflectiveComments: 0Post Date: September 3, 2021

Arc Flash PPE Inspection Information

Arc Flash PPE Inspection Information Inspecting an Arc flash suit takes between 3-5 minutes to thoroughly inspect a suit. Besides being required per NFPA 70E Putting a suit into service with compromised protective properties can have serious consequences NFPA 70E 2021 states in 130.7 (13): “Arc Rate Apparel shall be inspected before each use.  Work clothing or arc flash suits that are contaminated or damaged to the extent that their protective qualities are impaired shall not be used. Protective items that...


Posted By Category: OtherComments: 0Post Date: August 27, 2021

Blended Learning is The Best Arc Flash Training

Many people refer to workplace electrical safety training as “arc flash training”. However, workplace electrical safety training goes far beyond teaching workers about electrical hazards and should be focused on instructing them on how to work safely. How to Improve Training Effectiveness The most effective training includes practical knowledge that can be immediately applied the very next time any worker is exposed to an electrical hazard. This article will discuss the use of a blended learning model using, first, eLearning technology...


Posted By Category: OtherComments: 0Post Date: August 17, 2021

Consideration: Condition of Maintenance

Imagine going through the process of ensuring a safe electrical working environment:   Developing a robust written electrical safety program. Insuring qualifications of electrical workers match their job description and skill requirements. Training those workers to identify the hazards and reduce the risk associated with electrical work. Spendingbig money on arc flash and electric shock risk assessments and notifyingyour workforce via current equipment labeling.  Researching, procuringandimplementing a PPE program.   This hasn’t been an easy road to say the least. However, there may be a...


Posted By Category: Arc Flash, OtherComments: 0Post Date: August 5, 2021

You can buy directly from the Oberon Webstore now!

We are proud to announce that the Oberon Webstore is live now and ready for your orders! The Oberon Team has been working hard on the Webstore to enable you to purchase directly. End users can now buy the products directly on the Webstore. When trying to decide what products to make available on stock, we looked at some of our most popular products. In doing so, we have created 3 levels of availability: best selling products ship within 2 business days...


Posted By Category: Arc Flash, OtherComments: 0Post Date: July 1, 2021

CSA Z462-2021 Adds Arc Flash PPE Category 5

Significant Changes to Arc Flash PPE The National Standard of Canada for Workplace Electrical Safety is CSA Z462. Every 3 years the CSA Z462 Technical Committee publishes a new revision of the Standard.  Arc flash PPE requirements are updated in every new edition. Up until now, these changes have been minor, such as the requirement to wear an arc-rated balaclava (2012 change). In the 2021 edition there are significant changes including a new Arc Flash PPE Category 5. Arc Flash PPE...


Posted By Category: Arc FlashTags: Comments: 0Post Date: January 28, 2021

Sharing is not caring… when it comes to Arc Flash PPE

Sharing is not caring... when it comes to Arc Flash PPE For decades, workers have been sharing arc flash personal protective equipment, including suits, hoods and face shields but—to protect the safety and health of our workers—this age-old practice must stop immediately. Workers who share PPE are at a higher risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. In this regard, sharing is not caring. Actually caring about our workers requires employers to issue individually assigned equipment. Any PPE,...


Posted By Category: Arc FlashTags: , , Comments: 0Post Date: June 11, 2020

How do I know what size suit to get my workers?

The proper garment size will ensure electrical workers are protected, comfortable and productive. Arc flash suit sizes should be selected to be loose fitting over top of the worker’s uniform or everyday clothing. We don't recommend sharing of PPE to esnure proper safety and cleanliness. Oberon arc flash suits are sold in alpha sizes from Small up to 5XL. All Oberon garments are available in regular (Standard height), tall, extra tall or short vertical measurements. The arc flash suit size must...


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