Our equipment labels are 3 years old. Do we need to re-print our labels with the new Standard requirements?waldonThe process of creating equipment labels is often a result of completing an arc flash incident energy analysis. The NFPA 70E Standard states that an incident energy analysis shall be updated when changes occur in your electrical distribution system that could affect the data on your labels. So the answer is if nothing has changed in your electrical distribution system, then the labels are still valid. You will however need to address your equipment labels when the incident energy analysis needs be reviewed for accuracy at intervals not to exceed 5 years. An equipment label exception identified by the Standard is that unless changes in the electrical distribution system(s) render the label inaccurate, labels applied prior to the effective date of the latest edition of the Standard shall be acceptable if they complied with the requirements for equipment labeling in the Standard in effect at the time the labels were applied.
Are there specifications for Lockout devices and Tag out Devices?waldonTagout devices-- shall be constructed and printed so that exposure to weather conditions or wet and damp locations will not cause the tag to deteriorate or the message on the tag to become illegible. Tags-- shall not deteriorate when used in corrosive environments such as areas where acid and alkali chemicals are handled and stored. Standardized-- Lockout and tagout devices shall be standardized within the facility in at least one of the following criteria: Color; shape; or size; and additionally, in the case of tagout devices, print and format shall be standardized. Substantial--Lockout devices. Lockout devices shall be substantial enough to prevent removal without the use of excessive force or unusual techniques, such as with the use of bolt cutters or other metal cutting tools. Tagout devices-- Tagout devices, including their means of attachment, shall be substantial enough to prevent inadvertent or accidental removal. Tagout device attachment means shall be of a non-reusable type, attachable by hand, self-locking, and non-releasable with a minimum unlocking strength of no less than 50 pounds and having the general design and basic characteristics of being at least equivalent to a one-piece, all environment-tolerant nylon cable tie. Identifiable-- Lockout devices and tagout devices shall indicate the identity of the employee applying the device(s).
Can Arc Flash PPE be shared between workers?Oberon No, due to personal hygiene and the risk of spreading infectious disease. Please see our white paper in the resource section of our website for more details. In summary, hard non-porous surfaces can be effectively disinfected, such as the arc flash hood visor, hard hat and other plastic components. However, we do not believe that fabrics can be safely shared between workers due to the ineffectiveness of disinfectant sprays or wipes on a porous surface. In the new Coronavirus world, we feel the most effective way to keep workers safe and healthy is for all arc flash PPE to be individually assigned.
Can I use anti-fog wipes on Oberon products?waldonIt is not recommended to use wipes on most of our arc flash faceshields and arc flash hood windows as they already have a permanent anti-fog coating on the inner surface. Using wipes will likely damage the coating causing it to stop working. If the coating has been damaged already and does not function, we would then suggest that you experiment with the wipes in a bottom corner of the faceshield to insure that it does not have any adverse results. The use of anti-fog wipes (that we are aware of which are primarily alcohol in nature with a small amount of anti-fog surfactant) will not cause the faceshield to weaken or crack. The only adverse reaction would be to damage the coating or surface causing it to haze, making visibility difficult. There are Oberon arc flash faceshields and safety face shields that do not have the permanent anti-fog coating on the inner surface. The use of anti-fog wipes with a small amount of caution (experimenting as above) should be okay to use with these.
Can I use Febreze on my PPE?Zac TwightThe stock answer is “the garments should be free of flammable contaminants”…whether that be oily/flammable dirt or additives from the cleaning process such as fabric softeners. The MSDS for Febreze states that Febreze does contain Ethanol which is flammable (also documented in the MSDS). If you require a blanket statement that it is OK to use Febreze regardless of how or how much is used, then the answer is NO because the MSDS states clearly that there is a flammable component in the solution.
Can I use your electrical arc flash products in the food industry?waldonWithin the food industry, consideration must be provided for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP. This is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measures to reduce these risks to a safe level. Arc flash PPE can contain materials that would be unsafe within the food production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe. An example would be the use of non-metal components such as buttons and ear canal inserts. Metal detectors are often used as part of the employer’s preventative approach to food safety, but would not catch these hazardous arc flash PPE components. Oberon can customize any arc flash garment to use only hook & loop closures, i.e. Velcro. Contact Oberon for assistance with your arc flash PPE selection when using the products within a food processing environment.
Can I wear a ball cap under my hard cap?waldonNo, a ball cap has too much structure and could compromise the performance of our hard cap. However you can wear arc-rated winter liners, cooling bandanas or a sweatshirt hood under the hard hat.
Can I wear my hard hat in the reverse position?waldonReverse wearing option helmets are intended to pass all testing requirement whether they are worn facing frontward or backwards in accordance with the manufacturer’s wearing instructions. Oberon asks that you reverse the suspension when wearing our hard hats in reverse.
Can I wear safety stickers on my hard cap?waldonSafety Stickers should be kept to a minimum; so as not to block any cracks, discoloration, fading or other damage from view. Inspect the cap both inside and out for damage.
Can lockouts be forcibly removed?waldonThey are only a visible deterrent. They should only be removed with approval and a great deal of caution.