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Understanding the key features

  • Impact protection: Withstands over 100 joules crown impact (triple EN397) and over 50 joules side impact.
  • Comfort: Lightweight liner reduces weight with maximum protection. Terylene webbing moulds to the wearer’s head for an extremely comfortable fit.
  • Adjustable: ‘One size fits all’ the easy wheel ratchet makes finding the right fit easy.
  • Ventilation: Draws in cool air to reduce average temperatures by 2-3 degrees.

Safety Helmets Buying Guide

Hard hats and safety helmets are one of the most important types of personal protective equipment and while they are an icon largely associated with the construction industry, they continually save lives across a whole range of industries.

Although hard hats have been in production for around 100 years, they only became compulsory on construction sites, where there is a risk of head injury, in 1990. Legislation surrounding their use now mainly falls under The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. This requires them to be worn in almost every industry where there is a risk of being injured by falling objects and in areas with restricted headspace.

Most hard hats are required to meet the requirements of EN397, which are the regulations covering industrial helmets and are mainly designed to protect against objects striking the top of the head. In areas where the main risk comes from workers hitting their head on fixed hazards, such as low ceilings, then bump caps, covered by EN812, can usually be worn instead of hard hats.

For those facing severe hazards or in extreme work environments, such as demolition, mining or tunnelling, the highest performing industrial helmets have to meet the requirements of EN14052.

These products will usually offer a very high level of protection with high impact resistance as well as side impact protection.

However, a poor fitting hard hat, that is too big or small for the wearer, is often ineffective. Most come with flexible headbands or sweatbands and adjustable chinstraps to help create a comfortable fit. Hard hats also need to be compatible with any other personal protective equipment such as safety goggles or ear defenders and worn the right way round, with a level brim when the head is upright. Wearing it back to front or sloping up or down can significantly reduce the level of protection it is able to provide.

It’s important that hard hats are looked after in order to maintain their strength and protective features. Hard hats showing any signs of damage must be replaced and they should never be painted, drilled or modified in any way. When they are not in use, they should be stored away from direct sunlight or heat, which can weaken the plastic.

All hard hats also need replacing every few years. The manufacturers’ guidelines will advise how long a product is designed to last and the date stamp inside the hat shows when it was made.

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