2009 Safety Tip
The average safety
hard hat weighs about 14 ounces. The average man's head weighs 14 pounds.
So there's an ounce of safety for every pound of head - provided the head
protection is properly worn and maintained.
brain is the control center of the body. 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
hats not only reduce the chances of serious injury resulting from falling
objects, but protect you from side impact injuries as well and when you
bump your head on things - like machinery, vehicles, cab compartment and
completing vehicle components like mirrors. Non-conductive hard hats protect
you from electrical shock and burns. Never wear metal hard hats around
to Care of Hard Hats
The better care you
take of your hard hat, the better care it will take of you. Here are some
- 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
- Don't put anything
under it except your head; this includes cigarettes or notebooks.
- Don't wear it backwards.
Some Common Complaints and the Real Truth
We sometimes hear the following complaints about hard hats. But is there
any real basis for them?
- "It's too
heavy." Hard hats are only a few ounces heavier than a cloth cap,
but the extra protection you get is worth the extra weight.
- "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 that has been
kicked up by a vehicle at 50 mph or fallen off a truck 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 chinstrap 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
- "It's noisy."
That's your imagination. In fact, tests show that properly worn hard
hats will shield your ears from noise to some extent.
no help unless you wear it
The hard hat is a useful piece of safety equipment. But like any other
protective device, it must be properly adjusted and worn and kept in good
condition to give you maximum protection.
Don't be a hard
head - get in the hardhat habit.
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