Article # 5104
Hard Hats Need TLC
While Hard hats can seem almost miraculous at times, saving countless employees from serious injury or even fatalities, it's important to know how to take care of the hats so that they can perform optimally.Here are a few reminders:
• Inspect the hat regularly and replace parts as necessary.
• Always replace a helmet after it has withstood an impact or a penetration.
• Never paint a hard hat.Paint can cover up a deformity or it could eat away at the hat's shell.
• Check the hat for bitterness before every use, flex the brim or squeeze the hat inward about an inch and let go.Listen for any cracking and look for deformities.The hat should be firm but flexible.
• Don't be sentimental.Many workers become attached to their hats, associating them with their tenure on the job. Hard hats aren't meant to last a career.In most cases they are good for about five years.
MSA, manufacturer of hard hats, recommends this replacement schedule:
• Suspension:replace after no more than 12 months.
• Entire helmet:replace after no more than 5 years.