Important Use Of Hard Hats On Site
Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-07-27 11:41
We know that wearing a hard hat on the job is a no-brainer, but you might be surprised at the amount of occupational head injuries occur from the lack of wearing proper head protection.
We want to make sure you’re protecting your most valuable asset, so here’s a quick refresher course on how to get the most out of your on-the-job head gear!
1, The first critical step in developing a comprehensive safety and health program is to identify the physical and health hazards in your workplace. As an employer, it is your responserbility to ensure all employees wear head protection if any of the following may occur on your worksite:
→ Objects might fall from above and strike them on the head;
→ They might bump their heads against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams; or
→ There is a possibility of accidental head contact with electrical hazards.
2, Did you know that at least 30% of workers get struck in the head whilst they are looking straight forward.
3, 50% of workers were struck in the head whilst looking down!
4, Whether you’re wanting to stand out in the crowd or just repel heat from the sun, painting your hard hat is a bad idea. The paint’s solvents will soften your hat’s shell or cause other material damage, thus compromising the hat’s integrity and putting you in danger.
5, Although your hat may look fine, its durable exterior could be disguising its need for replacement. Some manufacturers recommend that your hard hat be replaced every 12 months, regardless of appearance. A careful review of your work site is critical to ensure that the degradation of the hard hat’s material is not being accelerated due to extreme work conditions.
6, Even if your hard hat meets all other requirements, if it’s too large or too small, it is not suitable to wear on the worksite. There are a variety of adjustability features available when choosing hard hats for your employees- so if frequent resizing is anticipated during the job, look for adjustability features that are quick and easy to use.
7, The use of stickers is acceptable on most of today’s hard hats, as long as you follow a few simple rules. Make sure they’re pressure sensitive and non-metallic and that they are placed at least 1/2 inch from the helmet’s edge. And again, never use stickers to cover up damage.
8, As you well know, hard hats protect your head when you’re at risk of impact or penetration from bumping your head or from falling tools or materials on the job. Avoid being a part of this statistic– use your head and wear your hard hat.
9, Use a mild detergent and warm water to clean your hard hat, and rinse it in clear water. Wipe the shell dry and allow the suspension system, sweatband, and accessories to air dry thoroughly. Make sure you perform a visual inspection each day for signs of damage. If your hard hat has any dents, cracks, abrasions, gouges, etc, it should not be worn and be replaced immediately.
If you are looking for professional health surveillance support in the workplace, feel free to contact us