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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hard Hat Area: Everything You Need To Know About Safety Helmets

by Nicholas Jenkins

On industiral and construction sites, one of the most prominent and common signs is the "Hard Hat Area" sign. This sign is required by federal law to be posted in all areas where there is a danger of falling objects and/or high voltage, but what do you really know about hard hats? This common piece of safety equipment is more complicated than most people realize.

Why Are Hard Hats Necessary?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 1926.100(a) states:

"Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets." 

Further requirements under statute 1926.100 state that the employer must provide regulation protective headgear that is appropriate for the work conditions.

Is There More Than One Type of Hard Hat?

Hard hats come in two types and three classes.

  • Type 1 protects only the top of the head against force of impact
  • Type 2 protects the top and sides of the head against force of impact.
  • Class E helmets are for use by utility services where electrical hazards are present. It not only protects against force of impact, but is non-conductive to protect against high-voltage shocks and burns up to 20,000 volts.
  • Class G is a general use helmet that protects against impact and low voltage current up to 2,200 volts.
  • Class C helmets are not electricity resistant and are designed for lightweight protection.

What Is the Suspension System?

When wearing a hard hat, you'll notice that the shell does not touch the top of your skull. The headband inside a hard hat, along with optional chin and nape straps, makes up the suspension system, which protects your head like your body's skeleton protects your organs. The suspension system is adjustable so the hat fits comfortably, but stays firmly on your head. The more suspension points inside the hat, the greater the protection. Suspension systems should be replaced when they show wear or are damaged.

What Types of Brims are Available on Hard Hats?

Hard Hats come in a cap style with a front brim or a full-brim style. Full brims can be wide or narrow. There are also baseball cap style hard hats. Wide full-brim hats give more sun and rain protection for outdoor work. Rain trough brims keep water off the face and out of your eyes.

Are Custom Hard Hats Available?

You wear your hard hat all day, so you may want it to reflect your personality. Custom hard hats come in a wide variety of designs and colors. Baseball cap hats are available for many of your favorite teams. Your company logo can even be imprinted onto your hard hats. Just about any design you can imagine is either available off the shelf or can be custom made.

The next time you're on an industrial or construction site, be sure to look for the "Hard Hat Area" signs. If you are working in such an environment, you need to know what type and style of hat will provide you the most protection. While they are an essential part of your job safely, they can also reflect your personality and make you stand out from the crowd.