Eye & Face Protection

When discussing arc flash face shields what causes astigmatism?

The optical quality of an arc flash face shield has many variables that need to be considered. A few of the most important terms and definitions are listed below. Prismatic Power and Imbalance Prismatic power is defined as any the deviation of a ray of light through a specified point on a lens. Prism in a face shield can be produced when the front surface is not parallel to the back surface.  When light passes through the prism, the object viewed appears...


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I have an older Oberon 40 cal arc flash suit with a green shield. Can I replace the shield with the new TCG faceshield?

I have an older Oberon 40 cal arc flash suit with a green shield. Can I replace the shield with the new TCG faceshield? It is not possible to replace an older style, green arc flash face shield with the a new True Color Grey (TCG™) face shield due to the hole pattern configuration.  Each Oberon face shield has a unique hole configuration which allows it to be affixed to an Oberon hood. Due to this fact a new hood must...


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How do I clean and disinfect my Oberon face shield?

How do I clean and disinfect my Oberon face shield? 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...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: March 30, 2020

How do I clean and disinfect safety googles and spectacles?

How do I clean and disinfect safety googles and spectacles? 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...


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How do I clean the inside of my arc flash hood?

How do I clean the inside of my arc flash hood? 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...


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Does the Oberon TCG™ Series shield block Infrared light? I am worried my eyes might be damaged if I am hit with and arc flash.

Does the Oberon TCG™ Series shield block Infrared light? When you are involved in an arc flash two things occur simultaneously and help prevent damage to your eyes. 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...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: November 12, 2018

Does Oberon plan to offer a lift front hood option to their 40 cal ensembles?

Does Oberon plan to offer a lift front hood option to their 40 cal ensembles? No, 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...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: June 8, 2018

What are the limitations of an arc flash rated suit?

What are the limitations of an arc flash rated suit? A common misperception is that a person wearing an arc rated suit is “bullet proof” from the hazards associated with electricity. There are 3 main potential hazards when working with electricity: Electric Shock, Arc Flash and Arc Blast. An arc flash suit can protect you from an arc flash provided that the incident energy level that the suit is exposed to is equal to or less than what the suit is rated...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: June 8, 2018

How do I pre-use inspect my arc flash faceshield?

How do I pre-use inspect my arc flash faceshield? The NFPA 70E Standard requires that all arc flash PPE is pre-use inspected. Refer to Oberon’s resource section of the website for literature resources including User Guides and Storage, Use, Care & Maintenance files. While inspecting your arc flash faceshield if you identify a problem do not use the product until the issue has been repaired, cleaned or replaced. When pre-use inspecting your Oberon arc flash suit you should inspect each item one...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: June 7, 2018

How do I activate my Oberon anti-fog coating?

How do I activate my Oberon anti-fog coating? 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...


Posted By Comments: Comments OffPost Date: June 7, 2018