Can we use a different brand hard hat with an Oberon faceshield or suit hood?Zac TwightYes, Oberon has different adapters available that can fit other manufacturer’s hard hats. However the selection is limited and you must consult with an Oberon Representative for assistance. The originally supplied Oberon hard hat shall never be switched for another manufacturer’s hard hat without first changing the adapters. Failure to comply will result in broken adapters and increased risk to the worker. Oberon has conducted all of its arc flash testing using Oberon manufactured hard hats. For the best results you should always use an Oberon hard hat.
Can we use the new True Color Grey (TCG) shield in our old Oberon arc flash suit hoods?Zac TwightNo, older Oberon hoods that have a green/yellow shield window lens cannot be exchanged for the new clear TCG shield window. When Oberon designed the hoods for the new TCG shield lens, changes were made to the fabric construction and installation method. The new TCG shield lenses have metal snaps that make assembly and disassembly easier for the worker. All older Oberon hoods must be replaced with complete TCG hoods when upgrading to the new technology. The ASTM F2178 Standard requires the hood to be tested as you would use it. This final product testing requirement is critical for the product to perform as needed during an arc flash exposure.
Can you recommend any rubber electrical glove test labs?Zac TwightGloves should be sent to an accredited laboratory for retesting. To find a laboratory in your area, you can visit the North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing (NAIL for PET) site: http://www.nail4pet.org.
What do I have to know about wearing a face shield properly?OberonAssess the hazard, choose the window material is it a chemical splash, will the splash damage the window making it difficult to see. Polycarbonate offers excellent visual clarity, coated windows offer additional protection for splash, scratch resistance, heat, radiant energy and UV applications where UV is used to dry or sterilize products. If using a headgear make sure you adjust not only the size adjustment but the top adjustment that helps to place the shield at the right height. Make sure the window is properly secured so it doesn’t come off at a bad time.
Do I have to wear safety glasses under my goggles or faceshield?waldonYes, OSHA requires the individual to wear safety glasses under goggles, faceshields and welding helmets because the individual may lift the goggle, faceshield or welding helmet and be exposed without the safety glasses.
Do I need to wear safety spectacles under your face shield?waldonYes, applicable Standards including NFPA 70E require safety glasses/spectacles to be worn as primary eye protection. An arc-rated faceshield or suit hood is designed to protect your face. Both safety glasses and arc-rated protection is required when an arc flash incident is likely to occur. The ANSI Z87.1 standard covers industrial eye and face protective devices and their use in the marketplace. It defines safety glasses and safety/cover goggles as primary eye protective devises. Their job is to protect your eyes! A faceshield is defined as a secondary protective device, requiring the use of a primary protective device underneath. The standard envisions the faceshield protecting the face, even though your eyes are a part of your face.
Do my arc flash garments need to be recertified?Zac TwightAdditionally, it is important to not reuse an arc flash protective product after an exposure to an arc incident. Your arc flash protection, when properly selected and worn, can save your life, protecting you against the thermal energy of an arc incident, preventing the onset of a second-degree burn. Proper care and respect should be taken in the handling and care of your protection.
Current standards, including ASTM F496, call for the periodic recertification of electrical insulating gloves. Arc flash thermal protective products are manufactured to comply with ASTM F1506 and NFPA 70E. Neither standard calls for a recertifying process. It is advisable for the user, before and after every use of an arc flash PPE product, whether it be a coat, pants, hood face shield, or accessory, to inspect the product for damages, including rips and tears, as well as any soiling, especially oil or other combustible material, which could adversely impact the arc thermal protective characteristics of the product. If any damage or soiling occurs, the user should not use that product until cleaning or repairs are made in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer.
Does Oberon offer a long coat type arc flash suit?Zac TwightNo, Oberon has been a strong advocate against the use of this type of arc flash suit for the past 20 years. Long Coat with leggings style arc flash suits are a protection concern for workers! If a worker doesn't kneel or squat with their legs together a large opening is created at the bottom. Furthermore, thermal incident energy can deflect and chimney up inside the long coat. Arc flash suits should be a Hood with either a Coat & Bib-Overall or Coverall. If you have a long coat style arc flash suit it should be replaced.
Does Oberon plan to offer a lift front hood option to their 40 cal ensembles?Zac TwightNo, Oberon does not offer a lift front option. Oberon believes that these types of hoods are extremely dangerous due to the increased likelihood of the user opening the hood within the arc flash boundary. Since Oberon invented the first ever arc flash suit hood in 1987, we have promoted the safest possible product solutions for worker safety. The bee-keeper traditional style hood provides more protection than a lift front style by fully protecting the workers face and head. It is critical to not expose any part of the body (especially the face) inside of the arc flash boundary. Oberon believes that the combination of our TCG clear lens technology with exceptional clarity and our Hood Ventilation System (HVS) as a total protective system prevent any need for the worker to compromise their safety by lifting the front of their hood.
Does the Economy Series face shields from Oberon meet any standard?waldonThe Economy series faceshield complies with ANSI Z87.1 for protection. This shield offers a truly low price for everyday shop, industrial and laboratory eye and face protection. Comfortable headgear allows for extended use without tight pinch points, unlike other low cost shields. Headgear is available in ratchet adjustable and snap fit adjustable styles.