Hard Hats

Know the rules pertaining to hardhats and employees - find safety hat suppliers

Federal rules require employers to ensure every employee wears protective head gear when working in an area where there is a possibility for head injury. Employees exposed to the possibility of electrical shock must wear hardhats made of non-conductive material. Hardhats are necessary when working on construction, warehousing, transportation and other jobs. They cover the head with a suspended cradle that holds the hat about an inch and a quarter from the head to cushion it from blows by falling objects or collisions.

Select hard hats according to types and classes:

1. Class A hardhats protect from falling objects and low voltage electrical hazards. Samples are proof-tested to withstand a 2,200 volt charge.
2. Class B hardhats reduce the impact of head blows and are rated for high voltage--up to 20,000 volts.
3. Class C safety hats offer no electrical protection, but do reduce the impact of blows to the head.

Buy compliant hardhats

Ensure the hardhats you order have American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval. Check the stamping inside the hat for approval, type and class rating.

Keep extra hardhats and accessories

Purchase a variety of custom hard hats so that employees can pick one they like. Order extras to have on hand for visitors or for replacements. Be sure to buy accessories like hardhat liners, reflectors and other hardhat safety gear.

Provide required training

Train your employees on the use, care and replacement of their hats and accessories.
  • For visibility and cold weather comfort, get lights that attach to the outside of hardhats and liners for keeping the head and ears warm.

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