Head protection
Head protection

Head protection is one of the most important job duties.

A 70-pound metal beam fell from a seventh floor apartment to strike a construction worker in the face, torso and head.
Police credit the man’s helmet with saving his life. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Headwear protects the head, spine and bruises from falls. It also prevents scrapes, cuts and shocks to the head thanks to impact-resistant materials. Helmet wearers are protected from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and struck by falling objects.

Why protect the head?

Always keep in mind the following when using a hardhat. This will ensure you get the most out of your head gear.

Hats marked with the CSA or American National Standards Institute standards must be worn with the proper protection class.

Utility and construction projects require a Class E helmet. This one provides up to 20,000 volts of electrical protection.

Both Type I and Type II hard hats meet CSA and ANSI standards for impact protection. Type II helmets provide protection on the side and top of the head. This type of hard hat is typically used on construction sites. By contrast, Type I hard hats only protect the top of the head.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure your helmet stays functioning properly. Negligently wearing your helmet or failing to properly maintain it can cause its failure.

Daily inspections are necessary before using any headgear.

Helmets need cleaning with a recommended soap or cleaning agent. Never use cleaning solvents.

Discuss eye protection with your students when discussing safety.

Never wear a baseball cap beneath your helmet, which protects the top of your head.

Don’t paint a helmet or drill holes in it.

A hard hat with a reverse orientation mark can be worn backward; otherwise, it must face forward.

Don’t store your helmet in the back window of your car. Exposure to sunlight accelerates the aging process for your helmet.

Don’t coat your helmet with insect repellent— the spray can damage the material.

Manufacturers provide information about the expected lifespan of any helmet they produce via their manual or by consulting with the manufacturer.

Keeping the head safe is the final step in this process.

Inspect your entire crew for any hull damage.
Determine the hull’s health by examining its exterior. Look for scratches, dents, holes or cracks on the shell. In addition to this, check the sheen of the exterior to determine whether it is dull or chalky. If so, the hull may have become fragile.
Inspect the car’s suspension for tears or cracks. Make sure the shoulder belts aren’t frayed, broken or twisted.
Immediately remove damaged or degraded hard hats from sight.

DDS’s use of the EPI is significant.

Before starting a job, employees should participate in safety talks provided by their employers. These talks teach them important health and safety management tools.

This educational material is intended to provide an understanding of a theoretical service front. It’s generic and shouldn’t be adapted to any specific workfronts by professionals in the field of safety, environment and health. This educational material should be adapted to the workfronts by company leaders or those in charge of each sector.



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