Oberon Gas Extraction Suit Harness Port Flash Fire Instrumented Manikin Testing Results

In late 2003, Oberon developed a new “Gas Extraction Suit” to protect workers who are exposed to severe and/or prolonged flash fire hazards. The most prominent example of this type of flash fire hazard is involved in a gas leak for a pipe line company or gas utility company in which a worker is lowered into a hole or pit wearing a body harness system to repair a natural gas leak in a pipe or valves on a pipe. Since propane or natural gas is heavier than air, it tends to accumulate in the hole. If the accumulated gas ignites, a severe flash fire event is created and the worker must be” extracted” as quickly as possible. Industry experts indicate that the reaction time and extraction time can take eight seconds.