What class of hard hat for electrical work?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know how to put together a hard hat.

– Alex Pieter

A: Electrical work is appropriate with Class E (electrical) hard hats, which are designed to reduce exposure to high-voltage conductors and provide dielectric protection up to 20,000 volts (phase to ground).

When it comes to selecting a hard hat for electrical work, it’s crucial to choose one that provides the right level of protection. In the United States, hard hats are typically classified under the standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For electrical work, ANSI Type I or Type II Class E (Electrical) hard hats are typically used. Here’s what these designations mean:

  • Type I: Provides top impact protection, meaning it’s designed to protect workers from objects that might fall from above and strike the top of the helmet.
  • Type II: Provides top and lateral impact protection, meaning it’s designed to protect workers from both top impacts and side impacts.
  • Class E (Electrical): These hard hats are designed to reduce exposure to high voltage conductors and offer dielectric protection up to 20,000 volts (phase to ground). This means they are non-conductive and prevent the risk of electrical shock.

Therefore, for electrical work, it’s advisable to use a Class E hard hat. Whether you choose Type I or Type II will depend on whether there’s a risk of lateral impacts in the work environment.

Remember, always consult your safety supervisor or local regulations to ensure you’re using the appropriate safety gear for your specific job.

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