Q: What do I have to know about wearing a faceshield properly?

Assess 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.

Q: Is eye injury common in the American workplace?

Yes, there are estimated 1,000 eye injuries occurring every day. Medical expenses, lost time, lost production, workmen’s compensation adds up to $300 million. This doesn’t include the price of adding up the price that the individual worker pays personally.

Q: Do I have to wear safety glasses under my goggles or faceshield?

Yes, 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.

Q: How come I feel dizzy and get a headache when I put my safety glasses on?

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.

Q: I have a pair of really cool sunglasses that I purchased from Wal-Mart can I wear those?

It depends if they have the ANSI Z87.1-2010 stamped on their frame along with the Manufacturer’s logo stamped on the lens. Only this certifies that the spectacle in question have passed the ANSI standards for Safety Glasses. If they don’t meet those standards you could be putting yourself and your eyesight in danger!

Q: How should I clean my safety spectacles?

Warm water and a mild cleaning solution are best. Get the lenses and frame wet, apply cleaning solution and agitate getting dust, oil from the frame and lens, rinse and dry with a soft cloth or lens cleaning towelette. Lens cleaning towelettes are also available for cleaning lens and frame.

Q: OSHA states that the wearer should always inspect their PPE before donning, how?

Before donning your protective eyewear, make sure it is clean and there are no smudges, dirt or oil obscuring your vision. Check the frame making sure it is clean and in working order, don’t tape or glue your spectacles the structural integrity of the glasses is important to your safety.

Q: What color lens should I choose?

Clear- works well in indoor and outdoor applications provides excellent light transmission.
Amber- works well in low light work areas, works well in high glare areas and where a contrast is needed.
Dark Grey- works well for outdoor where sunlight and/or glare can cause problems. Dark Grey lens allows wearer to see colors more clearly.

Q: What determines which eyewear to choose?

Comfort first, for if the spectacles/goggles are not comfortable they won’t be worn properly. Style, everyone wants to look their best and wearing safety eyeglasses are no exception. Size, if the eyeglasses don’t fit properly then they won’t protect properly. Last but not least what is the HAZARD that you are protecting against? Hazard can dictate safety glasses, safety glasses and safety goggles or safety glasses and faceshield protection.

Q: How can I encourage my employees to practice lockout / tagout?

Oberon has stations and carrying boxes to make sure everyone has the proper equipment with them when needed.

Q: Can multiple individuals lock out a piece of equipment?

Yes, there are 6 holes in the hasp for that purpose.

Q: Are Oberon’s hasps dielectric?

Yes, they are dielectric.

Q: Can lockouts be forcibly removed?

es, they are only a visible deterrent. They should only be removed with approval and a great deal of caution.

Q: Are there specifications for Lockout devices and Tag out Devices?

Tagout 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).

Q: What does one do if the equipment is not capable of being locked out?

If an energy isolating device is not capable of being locked out, the employer's energy control program under paragraph (c)(1) of this section shall utilize a tagout system.

Q: What are the terms and definitions that I should be aware of?

Affected employee-- An employee whose job requires him/her to operate or use a machine or equipment on which servicing or maintenance is being performed under lockout or tagout, or whose job requires him/her to work in an area in which such servicing or maintenance is being performed.

Authorized employee-- A person who locks out or tags out machines or equipment in order to perform servicing or maintenance on that machine or equipment. An affected employee becomes an authorized employee when that employee's duties include performing servicing or maintenance covered under this section.

Capable of being locked out-- An energy isolating device is capable of being locked out if it has a hasp or other means of attachment to which, or through which, a lock can be affixed, or it has a locking mechanism built into it. Other energy isolating devices are capable of being locked out, if lockout can be achieved without the need to dismantle, rebuild, or replace the energy isolating device or permanently alter its energy control capability.

Energized-- Connected to an energy source or containing residual or stored energy.

Energy isolating device-- A mechanical device that physically prevents the transmission or release of energy, including but not limited to the following: A manually operated electrical circuit breaker; a disconnect switch; a manually operated switch by which the conductors of a circuit can be disconnected from all ungrounded supply conductors, and, in addition, no pole can be operated independently; a line valve; a block; and any similar device used to block or isolate energy. Push buttons, selector switches and other control circuit type devices are not energy isolating devices.

Energy source-- Any source of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other energy.

Hot tap-- A procedure used in the repair, maintenance and services activities which involves welding on a piece of equipment (pipelines, vessels or tanks) under pressure, in order to install connections or appurtenances. it is commonly used to replace or add sections of pipeline without the interruption of service for air, gas, water, steam, and petrochemical distribution systems.

Lockout-- The placement of a lockout device on an energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until the lockout device is removed.

Lockout device-- A device that utilizes a positive means such as a lock, either key or combination type, to hold an energy isolating device in the safe position and prevent the energizing of a machine or equipment. Included are blank flanges and bolted slip blinds.

Normal production operations-- The utilization of a machine or equipment to perform its intended production function.

Servicing and/or maintenance-- Workplace activities such as constructing, installing, setting up, adjusting, inspecting, modifying, and maintaining and/or servicing machines or equipment. These activities include lubrication, cleaning or unjamming of machines or equipment and making adjustments or tool changes, where the employee may be exposed to theunexpected energization or startup of the equipment or release of hazardous energy.

Setting up-- Any work performed to prepare a machine or equipment to perform its normal production operation.

Tagout-- The placement of a tagout device on an energy isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.

Tagout device-- A prominent warning device, such as a tag and a means of attachment, which can be securely fastened to an energy isolating device in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.

Q: What does a Hazardous Energy Control Program consist of?

The employer shall establish a program consisting of energy control procedures, employee training and periodic inspections to ensure that before any employee performs any servicing or maintenance on a machine or equipment where the unexpected energizing, startup or release of stored energy could occur and cause injury, the machine or equipment shall be isolated from the energy source and rendered inoperative.

Q: What temperature range is Oberon’s Hard Hat tested at?

Oberon’s Hard Hats are tested to the ANSI Z89.1—2009 which tests head protection from 0 degrees F to 120 degrees F.

Q: What standards do Oberon Hard Hats meet?

Our Hard Hats meet the ANSI Z89.1-2009 standard along with meeting the Edison Electrical Institute:
Class E Tested to 20,000 volts
Class G Tested to 2,200 volts
Class C No electrical protection

Q: How I clean my Hard Hat?

Cleaning your hard hat, please remove the suspension from the hat, wipe down with Warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to dry the hard hat. DO NOT use solvents or harsh chemicals to clean the hats.

Q: How do I adjust my Hard Hat?

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.

Q: Can I wear a ball cap under my Hard Hat?

No, a ball cap has too much structure and could compromise the performance of our Hard Hat. However you can wear winter liners, cooling bandanas or a sweatshirt hood under the Hard Hat.

Q: Can I wear Safety Stickers on my hard hat?

Safety Stickers should be kept to a minimum; so as not to block any cuts, discoloration, fading from view. Inspect the cap both inside and out for damage.

Q: Is there a code that signifies the date of manufacture in the hard hat?

Yes, there is code inside the cap and the suspension noting the date of manufacture and the material type.

Q: What is the service life of a hard hat’s suspension?

Hard Hat Suspensions should be wiped down at least weekly. They should be inspected for cuts, tears, discoloration. We suggest a replacement policy of 12 months for the hard hat suspension.

Q: What is the service life of a hard hat?

Though the hard hat can be used for an indefinite amount of time, we suggest a service life of 5 years. Sunlight (UV), chemicals, bumps and temperature extremes can all cut the service life short. OSHA asks that the wearer of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) inspect their equipment regularly. Please check your hard hat for any discoloration, any striated marks that would signify stress, cuts, nicks or fading that should mean replacement of the hard hat. If the hard hat has been subjected to a fall or has been hit, the hard hat should be taken out of service and replaced. Hard Hats should not be stored in direct light (UV damage) for instance in the back window of your car. If the hard hat or suspension has been altered in any way, the hat should be removed from service immediately. No paint, markers or labels shall be affixed to the hard hat as the chemicals could damage the hard hat.

Q: Can I wear my hard hat in the reverse position?

Reverse 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.

Q: How much UV protection can I get from safety spectacles?

A typical safety spectacle manufactured with polycarbonate lenses will provide some protection against UV light, typically to around 320nm or 360nm. However, our UV Series of spectacles, goggles and faceshields are manufactured of a special formulation of polycarbonate that provides nearly 100% protection from 200nm to 405nm. These products are designed for general uv light exposure such as a laboratory or industrial application using UV lamps/lights. They are not designed for intense UV light exposure such as a laser.

Q: When Should I Use Arc Rated Earplugs?

Oberon conducted Acoustical testing on its products in February of 2004. The results indicate that an arc-rated hood can significantly attenuate the sound hazard, but since the sound level for an arc flash event is so high, the worker using an arc rated hood still needs to use hearing protection. NFPA 70E requires hearing protection for Hazard Risk Categories 2, 3 and 4. That is why Oberon includes a set of earplugs in each complete arc flash PPE kit. NFPA 70E describes hearing protection as ear canal inserts. Full muff type (covers ear) would also be acceptable as long as they fit properly under the hood. It would not be necessary to use arc rated earplugs for categories 2*, 3 and 4 because NFPA 70E requires you wear a hood at these hazard risk category levels. The arc rated hood, tested under ASTM 2178, would not allow enough energy to be transmitted through the hood to ignite or melt the earplugs or muff type hearing protection. For categories 1 and 2, where NFPA 70E does not mandate the use of a hood, you should use an arc rated earplug.

Q: How to Care for Your Oberon Faceshield

Your faceshield is an important component of your overall Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Therefore, like any safety product you are using to protect yourself, it should be handled with respect and reasonable care (Do not just throw it in your tool box or in the back of your truck with other tools). Here are some recommendations on how to care for and maintain your faceshield. If you have any question, please contact Oberon customer services at 800-322-3348 or 508-999-4442. Recertification Your faceshield does not require recertification. Washing & Cleaning The faceshield should be kept clean for the best vision. It can be cleaned with water and mild soap and dried with soft cloth. Maintenance To keep your faceshield secure, from time to time, you should hand tighten the nuts (A) and bolts (B) on the faceshield. Please do not torque the nuts (A) too tight or you will not be able to lift the shield up and down when on a hard cap. Storage Please store your faceshield in a Oberon shield bag nylon or canvas to protect it from dust and scratch.