The use of helmets will include the need to protect employees from exposure to falling objects, bumps, electrical contact, sun, heat and fire, low light risk and emergency situations.
The need to wear head protection should be established by conducting a risk assessment. Elimination or control of a hazard should be given first consideration. Key factors influencing a head protection risk assessment:
The head comfort of workers exposed to high temperatures/heat is important. Ventilated, white safety helmets will provide better heat dissipation.
Hard hat reflective strips are available for low light working risks. The tape is available in curved and straight strips and coated in a safe and approved adhesive.
Emergency and Warden safety helmets must always have an adjustable chin strap fitted. All are required to have the approved identification. The safety helmet colours for Emergency Warden positions are:
Safety helmet shells generally have a working life of 3 years from date of issue. Internal headgear should be replaced every 2 years. Safety helmets and components should be inspected weekly for dents, cracks, scratches or other damage that may reduce the degree of safety originally provided. Helmets showing damage or deterioration to the shell should be immediately disposed of.
AS/NZS 1801:1997 Occupational Protective Helmets.
AS/NZS 1800:1998 Occupational Protective Helmets - Selection, care and use.
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