If you work in construction, one of the things you must do is make sure you’re wearing the right hard hat. Your employer should provide you with the correct hat that adheres to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements.
Though this is the case, it’s still a good idea to understand what these hats are used for and how to select the right one for the job. Choosing the correct hard hat could help you avoid serious injuries in a workplace accident.
How do you choose the right hard hat?
First, select an ANSI-approved hard hat. If you need top protection, then you’ll want a type I hat. Lateral protection, which includes the sides of your head, requires type II helmets. You should also select an E or C helmet for work with electrical or conductive hazards. G helmets are for general use.
On top of selecting a hat that is approved for the industry, you should select one with a good fit. The more comfortable your hat is, the more likely it is to stay in place. Your hat should have good webbing and padding to protect against hard hits.
Did you know that some of the better hard hats are now lighter than those from the past? This is because there are ABS plastics and composite materials that are now used to create hard hats that are lighter, but stronger, than older hard hats.
Finally, choose a hard hat that supports the accessories you need. Accessory slots can make it much easier for you to use light, face protection or hearing protection.
The right hard hat does make a difference in your safety level. If you’re hurt despite wearing one or because you were not told to wear one, then you should look into making a workers’ compensation claim.