Head and face protection comes in a variety of choices. From headgear and visors to full hard hat protection. Your choice depends on your application. Here’s a breakdown of the protection each option provides.
Visors are considered secondary protection. ANSI approved safety glasses or goggles must be worn as primary protection to comply with ANSI standards. Visors are available in several different materials to meet the needs of your application:
Now that your face and eyes are protected, it’s time to focus on your head. According to OSHA, head protection must meet five basic criteria to be effective. It must absorb the shock of a falling object; prevent an object from penetrating it; resist water; burn slowly; and fit properly.
OSHA’s head protection standard (29 CFR 19101.35) requires employees to wear protective helmets in areas where there is a risk of impact to, or penetration of, the head. This includes: below co-workers using tools or materials that can fall; around or under conveyor belts or other machinery that may cause objects to dislodge and fall; near objects being carried or swung; and in situations where they may bump their heads, such as when working near exposed pipes or beams.
If employees are working near exposed electrical conductors that may contact the head, they must wear a protective hard hat that reduces the risk of electrical shock.
Hard hats are available with varying levels of protection. It’s important to choose the hard hat that meets your needs.
Hard hats must be inspected daily, or before each use. Employees must replace a headband that’s stretched or worn. The entire hard hat must be replaced if the shell is cracked, broken, or punctured. If the hard hat has taken a heavy blow, it must be replaced, even if it doesn’t show any damage.
Hard hats should be replaced after 5 years of use when they’re worn in environments that have sunlight, chemicals, or temperature extremes. Suspensions should be replaced after 1 year of use.
Here are some tips on how to extend the life of your hard hat.
Head and face protection is crucial to keep you safe and productive. Choosing the right protection for your job is the first step in staying safe. If you have questions about what protection is right for you, give our Technical Support reps a call at 1-800-631-1246. They’ll give you the information you need to make the right choice.
Source: Safety Daily Advisor