Hard Hat How-To

Jul 21 2021

On the jobsite, hard hats are essential to protecting workers and preventing injuries. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 40,000 head injuries occur each year that require time off of work. A total of 130 deaths due to on-site head injuries was also recorded in 2019.
Employers are responsible for providing workers with the right equipment to keep them safe. Find out more about hard hats to ensure your workers safety on the jobsite.
When to Use a Hard Hat:
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that hard hats be worn if workers are at risk for the following:
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Hitting their head on stationary objects, like beams or poles
  • Head contact with electrical hazards
Multiple types of hard hats are available, so be sure to choose the correct option for your line of work. All hard hats must meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements and undergo OSHA testing. A hard hat also must be labeled with the manufacturer’s name, the date it was made, and it’s type and class.
How to Wear a Hard Hat:
All employees should be taught the correct way to wear a hard hat as improper wear can result in head injuries. Head and chin straps should be adjusted to achieve the snug fit around the head, taking care to leave a one-inch space between the top of the head and the hard hat. This will help absorb the blow in case of an accident. Sock caps or ball caps should not be worn under hard hats. Additionally, hard hats should never be worn backwards, unless noted by the manufacturer.
When to Replace a Hard Hat:
Each day, workers should inspect their hard hats to look for any visible damage, like cracks or holes. If damage is present, the hard hat should be replaced. Hard hats should also be replaced if they are subject to any type of impact. Keep in mind that other elements, such as chemicals, UV rays and extreme heat, can diminish a hard hat’s durability. If a hard hat is faded or feels different, it may be time to replace it.
OBBCO offers a variety of hard hats to meet your needs. Browse our inventory online or give us a call today at (757) 420-4000.

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