There are a number of jobs that require hard hats. Examples of jobs where head protection may be required include: electricians, mechanics, pipe fitters, assemblers, packers, wrappers, welders, freight handlers, cutting and logging, stock handlers, and warehouse personnel.
Hard hats are meant to reduce the amount of force when there is an impact on the head. The use of a hard hat at a construction site is usually a requirement. Hard hats should be effective against small tools, small pieces of wood, bolts, nuts, rivets, parts, and other hazards. The use of head protection should never be considered a substitute for good safety practices. Individuals should always be mindful of their safety. It’s important that workers recognize work tasks where hard hats are needed even when they are not on a construction site.
Wearing a hard hat is a common practice in construction and essential to the safety of its workers.
So, all workers are required to wear a hard hat on site, but did you know that each color represents a different role? Here are the roles that are usually associated with each color:
White – Managers, engineers, foremen, or supervisors
Brown – Welders and workers for high heat applications
Green – Safety inspector
Yellow – General laborers and earth-moving operators
Blue – Carpenters, technical advisers, and temp workers
Orange – Road crews, new employees, or visitors
Since there is no official standard for the colors associated with the roles, some job sites may not follow the same color guide. We recommend speaking with your site manager or supervisor to confirm the color job for workers.
In addition to hard hats’ unique color, each hard hat is further classified by its class and type, which can be found on the inside of the shell.
ANSI/CSA Type I – Hard hats meet vertical impact and penetration requirements
ANSI/CSA Type II – Hard hats meet vertical and lateral impact and penetration requirements and have an inner foam liner made of expanded polystyrene.
Class E (Electrical) provides dielectric protection up to 20,000 volts
Class G (General) provides dielectric protection up to 2,200 volts
Class C (Conductive) provides no dielectric protection
A number of the jobs mentioned above also have to work in low-light and high-risk environments. Aside from types, classes, and colors another safety accessory that makes a great addition to your hard hat is our Halo SL. Our 360-degree personal task light will attach to any standard hard hat. Our mission is to illuminate the workers’ environment. The Halo SL creates a safer working environment, no matter what industry you’re in. Fewer workplace injuries is why we come to work every day.
See and be seen.