How to wear safety helmet?

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

– Alex Pieter

A: Wearing a safety helmet correctly is crucial for it to provide the maximum level of protection. Here are the general steps on how to wear a safety helmet:

  1. Inspect the Helmet: Before putting on your safety helmet, inspect it for any signs of damage, such as cracks, dents, or signs of wear. Also, inspect the suspension system (the adjustable headband and straps) for any signs of damage.
  2. Adjust the Suspension System: Most safety helmets have an adjustable headband that should be loosened before putting on the helmet. Some helmets may also have a ratchet system for fine adjustments.
  3. Place the Helmet on Your Head: Place the helmet on your head. It should sit squarely, covering the top of your forehead and not tilted back. The brim (if present) should be in front.
  4. Adjust the Fit: Tighten the headband until the helmet fits snugly but comfortably on your head. It should not wobble or slide around when you move your head, but it should also not be so tight that it causes discomfort.
  5. Secure the Chin Strap: If your helmet has a chin strap, fasten it. The strap should fit snugly under your chin. If it’s too loose, the helmet could fall off in an accident. If it’s too tight, it could cause discomfort.
  6. Check the Fit: The helmet should feel comfortable and secure. It should not slide around on your head or pinch. The brim should sit low on your forehead, just above your brow line.


Always replace your safety helmet if it has been struck, even if you can’t see any damage. Replace your safety helmet and the suspension system according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or if you see any signs of wear or damage. Never wear anything, like a cap or a hood, between your head and the helmet, as this can affect the helmet’s fit and its ability to protect you.

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