Head Protection Guide

Hard hats are the most commonly used protective
items for preventing head injuries. They work by
deflecting blows from falling debris or protruding
objects that people may walk into or bump their
heads on.

A hard hat is arguably the most crucial protective
item that a person could wear, as a head injury can
affect you in the most debilitating ways.

It can impact on your eyes, hearing, sense of
smell, your mouth and therefore speech and ability
to eat, and of course your brain, which obviously
controls many other functions in the body.

Hard hats save lives and should be worn at all times, even if it seems that the risks are low - unexpected hazards may include falling debris, working at heights and around hazardous work areas. If you are at risk for head injury at your workplace, you should wear the appropriate head protection.

  • Headwear consists of a shell and the suspension. These work together as a system and both need regular inspection and maintenance.
  • Do not transport headwear in rear windows of vehicles as long as exposure to UV light can weaken the shell.
  • Inspect headwear before each use.
  • If the hat has a chinstrap, do not draw it over the brims or peak of the headwear.
  • Do not wear headwear backwards (the peak should always face forwards).

What should I know about maintenance?

The care and maintenance of headwear are needed if the headwear is to protect as designed. Its lifespan is affected by normal use and by heat, cold, chemicals and ultraviolet rays.

  • Clean the suspension and shell regularly according to the manufacturers' instructions.