What is safety helmet?

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

– Alex Pieter

A: A safety helmet, also known as a hard hat, is a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s designed to protect the wearer’s head from injuries. Such injuries can occur from falling objects at a worksite, striking against fixed objects, or when the wearer accidentally falls or bumps into hazardous objects.

Safety helmets are commonly used in various industries such as construction, mining, electrical work, manufacturing, and any other occupation where there is a risk of head injury.

Depending on the environment and the nature of the work, safety helmets may be designed to provide additional protections, such as:

  • Impact and Penetration Protection: This is the most basic form of protection provided by a safety helmet, designed to protect the head from falling objects.
  • Electrical Protection: Some helmets are specifically designed to protect against electrical shocks and are made of non-conductive materials.
  • Heat and Fire Resistance: Certain helmets are made to resist heat and flames, particularly for use in firefighting or industries where high heat is a risk.
  • Eye and Face Protection: Some safety helmets come with built-in or attachable face shields or goggles.

Safety helmets typically consist of two main parts: the shell and the suspension. The shell is the rigid, outer section that receives the impact, while the suspension secures the helmet on the wearer’s head and absorbs and distributes the impact energy.

It’s important to note that safety helmets must meet specific standards set by organizations like the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in the U.S., or the European Standard (EN) in Europe, to ensure they provide adequate protection.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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