The slightest damage to any part of the brain will cause malfunction of some area of the body. The skull, under normal circumstances, protects the brain. But when a possibility of injury from falling or flying objects exists, additional protection is required.
Hard hats not only reduce the chances of serious injury resulting from falling objects, but protect you when you bump your head on things — like machinery, ductwork, ceiling tie wires and forms. Non-conductive hard hats protect you from electrical shock and burns.
HOW TO CARE FOR HARD HATS
The better care you take of your hard hat, the better care it will take of you.
- Properly adjust suspension systems to maintain clearance between your head and the shell of the hat.
- Don’t cut holes for ventilation. Don’t heat and bend.
- Don’t substitute a “bump cap.” They aren’t strong enough.
- Don’t paint your hard hat.
- Don’t put anything under it except your heads.
- Don’t wear it backwards.
- Hard hats have an expiry date which can be found under the visor. Check with the manufacturer for the recommended replacement schedule.
SOME COMMON COMPLAINTS AND THE REAL TRUTH
“It’s too heavy.” Hard hats are only a few ounces heavier than a cloth cap.
“It’s too hot.” Measurements taken in hot weather show that the temperature under a hard hat is often cooler than it is outside.
“It gives me a headache.” A thump on the head from something which has fallen two floors will give you a worse one. There is, however, no medical reason why a properly adjusted hard hat should cause a headache. Don’t alter the suspension system or the hard hat, because you won’t get the designed protection.
“It won’t stay on.” You’re right, it won’t in a high wind. A chin strap will solve this problem. Otherwise, you will find that a hard hat stays put no matter how much stooping or bending you have to do—if it’s fitted properly.
“It’s noisy.” Tests show that properly worn hard hats will shield your ears from noise to some extent.
The hard hat is a useful piece of safety equipment. But it must be properly adjusted and worn and kept in good condition to give you maximum protection.