All about Safety Hard Hats

Wearing hard hat or safety helmet may become your daily habits when you enter plant site. However, I guess most of us do not aware whether the hard hats you are using are still able to protect your head from hazards or not.

hard-hat-safetySo I think it is very essential to remind you (may be including my self) about hard hat safety or safety hard hats. Read the hard hat safety reminders below to ensure that you have protected your head with the right hard hat.

  1. Safety hard hats must be worn by workers in any workplace where such hazards as flying objects, falling objects, harmful contacts or electric current exist.
  2. Hard hats are designed to protect workers through its rigid outer shell and interior suspension system. The outer shell reduces the impact force resulting from falling objects. The inner side works as shock absorber.
  3. There are some safety hard hats that can protect workers’ neck, face and shoulders from spills, drips and splashes.
  4. There are also some types of safety hard hats that can be adapted to put in goggles, hoods, ear protector or face shields.
  5. All the hard hats must be conformed to the ANSI Z89.1-1997 standards for Industrial Protective Helmets.
  6. Selection of safety hard hats must be based on work requirements. In other word, it means that you must consider typical hazards that exist in your work area.
  7. Make sure that you purchase hard hats with ANSI certification label on the inside of the shell.
  8. Reject hard hats that are not completed with ANSI certification label.
  9. Safety hard hats are classified into Type-I and Type-II. Type-I is aimed to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow only to the top of the head. Type-II is aimed to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow that may be received off center or to the top of the head.
  10. For electrical requirements, safety hard hats are classified into Class E, Class G and Class C. Class E is aimed to reduce the hazard of exposure to high voltage electrical conductors, which is tested at 20,000 volts. Class G is aimed to reduce the hazard of exposure to low voltage electrical conductors, which is tested at 2,200 volts. Class C is not aimed to protect workers from electrical conductor.
  11. Always ensure your hard hat safety fits your head appropriately.
  12. Use only your own hard hat. Do not borrow hard hat from your friend or someone else.
  13. Keep your hard hat clean. Use hot water and detergent to immerse it. Then, wash it and clean it with hot water.
  14. Clean up any dirt, paint, sticky material or dust from the safety hard hats as soon as you can.
  15. Check your hard hat safety regularly. Find any sign of damage like cracks, brittle, scratch, etc. Replace immediately damaged safety hard hats.
  16. Safety hard hats are similar with other personal protective equipments. They have certain lifetime. Check it through manufacturer’s manual.
  17. It is recommended that you apply safety hard hat stickers.

Using hard hat is not enough to protect your head perfectly. Use only the right safety hard hats that fit with your working conditions. Finally, do not put your safety in risk by using non-standard industrial safety hard hats.

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