Category Archives: Head Protection

Stop the Drop – The Danger of Falling Objects

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Safety when working at heights goes beyond standard fall protection. Tools and equipment must also be secured to prevent dangerous "stuck-by" accidents. For example, an 8-lb. tool falling from just 100 feet strikes the earth with over 2,000 lbs. of force per square inch. Hard hats and drop zones will offer little when an object carrying this kind of energy makes a direct impact or even deflects and travels parallel to the ground. Falling object hazards are one of the most deadly hazards Read more [...]

Making Sense of Head Protection: Types and Classes Explained

OSHA requires head protection be worn in any environment where there is a potential for injury to the head [29 CFR 1910.135]. In addition, the head protection must comply with ANSI Z89.1 performance guidelines. All hard hats are classified according to the specific impact and electrical performance requirements they are designed to meet. This classification is also commonly referred to as the ANSI Z89.1 standard. Industrial head protective helmets meeting the requirements of the  standard are Read more [...]

When Do I Need to Wear a Full-Brim Hard Hat?

Written on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Construction workers, highway workers, miners, and utility workers are just a few of the people who utilize a full-brim hard hat. OSHA has very specific requirements that all employers must be in compliance with when it comes to safety equipment in the workplace. Full-brim hard hats are good for accidental falls, debris, spills, splashes, heat, and the sun. There are many companies that manufacture the full-brim style hard hat. Full-brim hard hats, just like Read more [...]