Industrial Safety Helmet Singapore
Workplace safety and identification of hazards are always the highest priority at the worksite. Workers are constantly reminded to practise and maintain a high level of awareness of head protection. These work procedures and guidelines are essential to prevent workers from head injuries due to high falling debris, planks, beams, low-hanging objects and electrical hazards. Under all circumstances, hard hat or industrial safety helmet should be worn at all times to prevent injuries from such hazards.
The industrial safety helmet is one of the most important Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) items. It is worn on the head for head protection and is manufactured with special features to enhance its functionality that can:
- Withstand the penetration and deflective blows to the head
- Consist of a suspension system that can cushion the force of impact
- Use as an insulator against electrical shocks
- Repel water and made of slow burning material
- Cover the head and shoulders, face and neck against injuries.
Types of Industrial Safety Helmet
What type of helmet should you buy? The different types of industrial safety helmet are designed to act against different hazards. It is important to first consider those hazards and limitations before you determine what type of protection is suitable for your use.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has categorized the safety helmet by impact type.
- Type I (impact on the top) industrial safety helmet is designed to reduce the force of impact on top of the head.
- Type II (top and lateral impact) industrial safety helmet not only cushion the force of an object that may directly impact the top of the head but also the force from side blow to other parts of the head.
Hard Hat Classes: The three classes are based on the level of protection they provide from electrical hazards.
- Class G (General) hard hats are rated for 2,200 volts
- Class E (Electrical) hard hats are rated for 20,000 volts
- Class C (Conductive) hard hats do not offer electrical protection
In order to prevent the similar future occurrence of mishaps employers should take some precautionary measures:
- Perform initial and ongoing hazard identification surveys and communicate these results to employees
- Require that employees wear the industrial safety helmet when operating large pieces of equipment.
- Familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of alcohol drugs and/or dependence through educational and training sessions so that they may effectively abstain from them.
A safety helmet must be replaced if it shows signs of damage (dents, cracks, penetration, or fatigue due to rough treatment). It is necessary to inspect helmet for damage and signs of fatigue each time you use it. In addition to visual inspections, another way to test a helmet is to grasp it in two hands and apply force by squeezing it. If you hear creaking or other unusual sounds, it is time to replace the helmet.
While Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no specific provision for an expiration date, manufacturers are allowed to determine if their equipment expires on a specific date. In lieu of an expiration date, a generally accepted rule is to replace the support strap yearly and to replace the safety helmet every five years. Harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures can make your safety helmet deteriorate faster.
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