Protecting employees from head injuries is a vital part of any work safety program, and safety apparel wardrobe. The hard hat is one of the most important pieces of safety apparel because it protects the brain. Not only do hard hats provide protection from blows to the head, they can also provide insulation from the risk of electrical shock on the job.
Example of occupations where employees should be required to wear hard hat head protection would be:
- Construction workers,
- Utility linemen
- Timber industry workers
- Log cutters
- Oil refinery or rig operators
- Loading dock workers
- Warehouse workers
- Factory workers
In other words, whenever there is a danger of objects falling from above, such as working below other workers using tools and equipment, or working under a conveyor belt, hard hats must be worn. The bill of the hard hat must be worn facing forward for proper protection.
- Resist penetration by objects
- Absorb the shock of a blow
- Be water-resistant and slow burning
- Have clear instructions explaining proper adjustment and replacement of the suspension and headband
- Have a hard outer shell and a shock-absorbing lining that incorporates a headband and straps that suspend the shell from 1 to 1 1/4 inches (2.54 cm to 3.18 cm) away from the head. This type of design provides shock absorption during an impact and ventilation during normal wear
- Protective headgear must meet ANSI Standard Z89.1-2009 (Protective Headgear for Industrial Workers) or provide an equivalent level of protection
Safety Depot sells a variety of hard hats that meet ANSI Z89.1-2009 standards in a variety of color options. We also sell hard hats with detachable high visibility neck shades for proper sun protection. Our hard hats can also be customized with your logo. Give us a call for details at (800) 746-5357.