For anyone working in dangerous environments, where personal injury could result from electricalhazards, impacts or falls, when working in enviroments such as outdoors where falls, falling items, package handling or construction to mention a few, a hard hat is probably a safety necessity.
Your employer or trade organisation will probably have guidance and recommendations as to what type of hard had you should be wearing, and there are many different types to consider, such as aluminium, HDPE, full brim versions and of course the standard hard hat, but you should consider the following points before making your choice.
In the recent past the material of choice for protective hard hats was aluminum. It is strong and light, and easy to wear, but it is also very conductive to electricity, so has therefore been replaced by modern polymers, such as high density polyethylene, otherwise known as HDPE, and this is now the go to type of safety hat material.
Aluminium is still worn in some environments, where electrical injuries are not a consideration, but they are now an unpopular choice.
Consider Your Working Area
Your work environment needs to be the deciding factor when looking at hard hat alternatives. If your work place has a danger of falling objects, be they large, such as boxes or tree limbs, or small, such as small stones or styrofoam, these factors should guide your decision. There are lighter alternatives to a full safety hat, such as a bump cap, which may suit your environment better.
As well as falling objects, hard hats also protect the wearer for bumps to the head, maybe from falls or slips, banging against objects or hitting the head on overhead items. Hats can also be bought with additional side impact protection if that is required, and can also be fitted with eye and ear safety protection too.
They are also essential when working at heights, such as on scaffolding or roofs, such as this safety hat worn by a good example of a safety first roof tile repair service in Arnold Nottingham.
Protection From Electric Shock
There is a comprehensive grading structure to determine the electrical conduction resistance of hard hats, ranging on a scale of E, G and C, with C standing for conductive, and E offering the best resistance to electric shock.
For anyone working in an area where electrical shocks to the head are possible, a hard hat with the correct rating should always be worn to protect the worker from electrical charges to the head.
Consider Your Comfort
Safety of course is the reason for wearing the hat in the first place, but comfort should always be a consideration, because if a hat is uncomfortable, there is always the temptation to remove it.
Most modern hats have a suspension system, which protects the head, and allows air to flow, keeping the head cooler and more comfortable. The adjustment system is usually by a ratchet or pin system, and you may find that you prefer one type to the other.
So to conclude, always check to see which type of hat is recommended for your working environment, be sure that you are wearing the correct protection at all times, and always stay safe.
Check out the headwear safety video below as a reminder of how important hard hats are to your health.