How to check safety helmet expiry date?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know how to check the safety helmet expiry date.

– Alex Pieter

A: The lifespan of a safety helmet, also known as a hard hat, can vary depending on the manufacturer, the type of helmet, and the conditions in which it’s used. To determine the expiry date of a safety helmet, you should:

  1. Check for a Manufacturing Date: Many safety helmets have a manufacturing date imprinted on the inside of the helmet, often on or under the brim. This can typically be found as a series of numbers or a specific date.
  2. Refer to the Manufacturer’s Guidelines: Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing the hard hat every 5 years from the date of manufacture, even if it appears to be in good condition. The suspension system inside the helmet (which helps absorb impact) should usually be replaced every 1-2 years. However, these timelines can vary, so you should always refer to the manufacturer’s specific guidelines.
  3. Inspect Regularly: Regular inspection is crucial for maintaining safety. If you find any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, dents, fading, fraying of the straps, or loss of pliability, the helmet should be replaced immediately, even if it hasn’t reached the manufacturer’s recommended replacement date. Similarly, if the helmet has taken a significant hit or been dropped from a height, it may have invisible damage and should be replaced.

Remember, the lifespan of a safety helmet can be affected by factors such as exposure to sunlight, temperature extremes, chemicals, and normal wear and tear. Always store your hard hat properly (away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures) and handle it with care to maximize its lifespan.

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