Protecting Your Head
There are some practical reasons for wearing a hard hat. They help keep your head cooler in the summer; dry during rain; and helps to shield your ears from noise. However, the main and most obvious reason for wearing a hard hat is to protect your head.
The Purpose of Hard Hats
Hard hats can protect your head in a few different ways.
- Protects you from falling objects
- Helps protect your head in a fall
- Keeps your head safe if you bump into machinery, ductwork and the like
- Non-conductive hats protect you from electrical shocks and burns
In addition to safety, hard hats are a fun place to put stickers and decals that showcase your skills and certifications.
In order to get the best protection out of a hard hat, you must take care of it and pay attention to signs of wear or damage. Below are some best practices.
- Always keep your hard hat properly adjusted.
- Do not cut, bend or heat the hard hat.
- Frequently inspect your hat for deep gouges or cracks in the shell. If you see signs of wear or the color of the hard hat turns dull, it’s time for a new one.
Having a hard hat will not protect you unless you wear it correctly. Follow the guidelines below.
- Never wear your hat backwards.
- Do not put anything inside your hard hat other than your head. It is not a storage bin.
- Do not try to substitute it for a “bump cap”. The bump cap will not provide adequate protection from falling objects as it is not strong enough.
- It is not a stool or step; doing so weakens the shell of the hard hat.
You can’t protect your head without the proper wear and care of a hard hat.