According to OSHA, any work environment that could cause workers injury by falling objects or electrical conductors requires a hard hat. That sounds simple enough, but how many people actually know what kind of hard hat they actually need for the job they’re doing? From aluminum to carbon fiber hard hats, hard hats by all manufacturers have to follow the same basic rules and regulations in the design of their hard hats.
Types of Hard Hats:
- Aluminum Hard Hats – Skull Bucket aluminum hard hats are the only aluminum hard hats on the market that comply with ANSI Z89.1-2003 standards. Aluminum hard hats can typically withstand extreme heat and they are the typical choice of most oil well firefighters. In general, aluminum hard hats are ideal for all jobs that do not require electrical hazard protection
- Bump Cap – Bump caps are designed for industries such as pest control, meat and food processing, fruit harvesting, and many others. Bump caps are typically made with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), and normally are constructed in one solid piece. Bump caps should not be used in lieu of a typical hard hat for protection against impacts to the head. Bump caps provide only a thin covering for the scalp to reduce exposure to abrasions and lacerations due to minor bumps
- High Visibility Hard Hats – As the name suggests, these hard hats are ideal for dimly lit working conditions. They are typical for road workers and most construction workers who work late at night
- Class A Hard Hats – Class A Hard Hats are designed to protect your head from falling objects, as well as protect you from electrical shocks up to 2,200 volts
- Class B Hard Hats – Class B Hard Hats are also designed to protect your head from falling objects. They do, however, also protect you from electrical shocks of up to 20,000 volts
- Class C Hard Hats – Class C Hard Hats are designed to protect your head from falling objects, however they do not protect you from electrical shock. Also, Class C Hard Hats are not designed to protect you from corrosive substances
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