Head Protection

How do I disassemble an Oberon Arc Flash Hood?

  Step 1: Remove all optional accessories. Step 2: Remove the hard cap by carefully pushing in on the slot adapter clips. Step 3: Unsnap the front of the shield from the hood. Step 4: Flip the hood inside out and unzip the bladder from left to right.   The following video is a step by step guide to disassembling the Oberon Arc Flash Hood.


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...


Should the balaclava be worn “tactical style” covering the mouth and nose?

Should the balaclava be worn “tactical style” covering the mouth and nose? The NFPA 70E committee considered requiring balaclavas be defined as “covering the mouth and nose”, but the committee rejected this for several reasons. To date they are not aware of any incidents of a burned mouth or nose that has occurred when a worker was wearing a balaclava, and the energy was in the range of <12 cal/cm². Many tests have been done with balaclavas and face shields, and this testing...


Should I tuck the balaclava into the shirt or flash suit to meet OSHA 1910.260 or NFPA 70E?

Should I tuck the balaclava into the shirt or flash suit to meet OSHA 1910.260 or NFPA 70E? Although no standard specifically covers it, Oberon recommends tucking the balaclava in to prevent a possible arc from coming up underneath the flap of the balaclava.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


What is the shelf life of an arc flash suit?

What is the shelf life of an arc flash suit? This is a challenging topic to consider as many variables must be considered when determining when an arc flash suit needs to be replaced.  Things like the age of a suit, frequency of use, laundering care, and the environment your suit is stored in can all play roles in how long it will last.  Oberon recommends  a pre and post inspection after every use of your arc flash suit.  The diagram...