Use Your Head and Wear a Hard Hat
/ July 21st, 2022 / There are currently 0 comments
Almost all construction work involves a risk of head injury. Keep it safe. Wear your hard hat.
- Even on a well-run site head injuries can still happen so hard hats should be worn
- A lot of workers were killed or received serious head injuries before the use of hard hats on construction sites
- Wearing a hard hat may prevent or lessen an injury to your head
What is the law on Hard Hats?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992
- From 6 April 2013, the PPE Regulations 1992 apply to the provision and use of hard hats on construction sites
- Employers must provide hard hats to employees and,
- Ensure hard hats are worn when there is a risk of head injury
- Self-employed should provide their own hard hats and ensure they wear them.
Should you provide hard hats to your workers (and visitors to your site)?
Yes and hard hats should:
- Be in good condition. If it’s damaged, throw it away
- Fit the person wearing it and be worn properly
- Not stop the wearing of hearing protectors as well (when needed)
- Only be obtained from a reputable supplier such as Activewear Group. Click here to view the recommended PPE Headwear. Beware there are fake hard hats on the market
How do I help ensure that head protection is worn?
- Make the wearing of hard hats a site rule
- Display safety signs in areas where there is a risk of head injury
- Always wear your hard hat to set an example
- Check others are wearing theirs
How do I take care of my hard hat?
The shell of a hard hat can be damaged or weakened if not looked after.
- Objects fall onto it
- It strikes against a fixed object
- It receives a severe impact
- Deep scratches occur
- It is sprayed with chemicals or solvent based paint
What safety standards are there for hard hats?
- EN 397 – Standard for industrial helmets
- EN 12492 – Standard for helmets for mountaineers
- EN 50365 – Standard for electrically insulated helmets for use in low voltage installations