When you are involved in an arc flash two things occur simultaneously and help prevent damage to your eyes.

  1. You blink.  This happens very quickly.  A good example of this at work would be when you accidentally look at the sun.  Your first reaction is to immediately close your eyes. The blinding flash of an arc lasts as long as the arc flash is present. This would be about one third of a second for a 12 calorie arc flash and up to 2 seconds for a 100 calories/cm2 arc flash.  The human eye response is about 1/10th of a second to blink.  Therefore in about 1/10th of a second in all arc flashes the eye blinks to reduce the visible light reaching the eye.  While we do not want to overexpose the eye to this visible light there is a natural response and self-limiting mechanism.
  2. A second protective mechanism occurs in our TCG™ Shields when they are hit with an arc.  There are additives in the shields that will carbonize in about 1/10th of a second.  This carbonization will reduce all of the electromagnetic spectrum and most of the arc flash visible light. Essentially the front surface looks a lot like asphalt moss once it is hit with an arc flash.  Please see the attached picture for reference. The combination of these two things prevents any significant damage to the eyes from occurring.
Arc Flash Thermographer’s gloves are manufactured of an arc-rated fabric that has been tested according to ASTM F1959 to provide protection against the thermal incident energy of an Arc Flash. Like the Arc Flash garments that are used in this application, the fabric is arc-rated and flame resistant and provides some level of insulating protection against the thermal incident energy. Again, like the Arc Flash suits, they are assigned an arc rating to reflect the level of protection offered (either ATPV or EBT). Arc Flash Gloves are NOT manufactured of rubber. As such, they do not provide shock protection against voltage. They should not be used within the Restricted Approach Boundary as defined by NFPA 70E where there is the risk of contact with voltage due to proximity to the energized circuit. Within this space, only rubber electrically insulating gloves should be used to protect the worker from accidental electric shock. The NFPA 70E Standard requires that a shock risk assessment be performed and documented. Further, Arc Flash Thermographer’s Gloves are not to be used as an alternative to leather protectors for rubber insulating gloves. Leather protectors are worn over rubber insulating gloves to protect the rubber gloves from physical damage. Even the smallest puncture can provide an avenue for the voltage to penetrate the glove and contact the worker. Thermographer’s Gloves are manufactured of a woven fabric, which will provide limited protection from mechanical hazards. Leather is a dense material that resists and decreases the likelihood of puncture. Arc Flash Thermographer’s Gloves are promoted to workers working within the Arc Flash Protection Boundary. Arc Flash Gloves available by Oberon include 25, 40, 65 and 100 calorie versions.
The manufacturer of Oberon gloves electrically tests every glove prior to shipment. Each “batch” of gloves is also subjected to a battery of physical and electrical tests to insure that the gloves meet the D120 Standards. It is the responsibility of the employer to insure that the gloves have passed the required electrical test within the specified time.
Oberon has stations and carrying boxes to make sure everyone has the proper equipment with them when needed.
Safety glass manufacturers have to adhere to very tough standards for the optical clarity and manufacture. Many times if you are not used to wearing eyewear you will find some discomfort wearing glasses for the first time and it may take a day to get used to them.
Oberon arc flash faceshields and suit hood shield windows are available with anti-fog coatings. Before each and every use the anti-fog coating must be activated. Workers must use humidity to activate the anti-fog properties by pulling the inside of the faceshield or hood lens towards them and breathe on the surface. It’s important for your shield lens to be at room temperature for best results.   When using an Oberon arc flash suit hood, consider using a hood ventilation system that circulates air to your breathing zone. Oberon’s system delivers the external air directly down the inside of the hood shield window to reduce fogging in extreme conditions.
Adjust the size from the back of the hat either with the pinlock or the ratchet to what feels comfortable, but secure. Then, looking at the suspension, adjust the height suspension near each lug to position the angle you would like to wear the hard hat.

To clean and disinfect Oberon safety goggles and spectacles it is best to use a damp, soft cloth and gently wipe away any dirt or grit.  Once this is done gently flush them off with room temperature tap water.

Once the safety goggles or spectacles are cleaned it is also important to disinfect them. Take a soft cloth that has been dampened with isopropyl alcohol or use a Lysol® wipe and gently clean the inside and out of the goggles.  It is also important to wipe the elastic strap on the goggles. This process may leave streaks on the surface of the goggles or spectacles as they dry. Once dry, use a soft clean cloth and lightly wipe off any streaks or film left on the shield from impurities in the wipes.

To clean and disinfect an Oberon face shield it is best to use a damp, soft cloth and gently wipe away any dirt or grit.  Once this is done gently flush them off with room temperature tap water.

To disinfect a FaceFit™ shield clean first and then dampen a soft cloth with isopropyl alcohol or use a Lysol® wipe. This process may leave streaks as the surface dries. Once dry, use a soft clean cloth and lightly wipe off any streaks or film left on the shield from impurities in the wipes.

As an alternative method a 2% solution of Clorox bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite or NaOCL) and cool water can be used.   Apply the solution by gently spraying the face shield and then allowing it to evaporate.  Once dry the shield can be rinsed off with cool tap water.

The first step to cleaning and disinfecting an Oberon TCG™ hood is to disassemble your hood.  Once done, if the shield has dirt or grit, flush it off with room temperature tap water.

The next step to disinfecting a TCG™ hood window is to take a soft cloth with isopropyl alcohol or use a Lysol® wipe and gently clean both sides of the shield. This process may leave streaks as the surface dries. Once dry, use a soft clean cloth and lightly wipe off any streaks or film left on the shield from impurities in the wipes.

As an alternative method a 2% solution of Clorox® Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite or NaOCL) and cool water can be used.   Apply the solution by gently spraying the face shield and then allowing it to evaporate.  Once dry, the shield can be rinsed off with cool tap water.

To clean and disinfect the fabric portion of a hood first remove the shield and launder the hood per the washing instructions on the hood label.  The steps above will help to remove most of the dirt, germs, and possible viruses that could be on the hood after use.