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Head protection is not just helmets
Head Protection must be applied when staying, and or when working in places where there is a risk of head injuries related to falling objects. It may typically be, for example, tools, building materials or other objects in any way from falling. Therefore head protection is required for most types of construction work, work in tunnels or wells, felling and forest scaffolding work, etc.
Step 1. Approvals and marking
Safety helmets must be approved in accordance with EN397 and CE mark.
On or in the helmets there has to be found the following marking:
EN 397 (standard number)
The manufacturer's name or mark
Manufacture and - quarterly, possibly month
Helmet type indicated on both the helmet shell aswell as inside
Size in centimeters, indicated on both the helmet shell aswell as inside
Furthermore, if additional test conditions are met:
Very low temperature: -20 ° C or -30 ° C
Very high temperature: + 150 ° C
Electrical insulation: 440 V a.c.
Resists side effects: LD
The helmets lifespan
A safety helmet has a life expectancy of max. 5 years and should therefore be replaced after this period.
Helmets used outdoors where it is exposed to the sun's UV rays - or use it for other tasks exposed - reduced its security capability far faster. Here recommended replacement within 3 years.
Remember also that a helmet that is subjected to high pressure, squeezing or fall from greater heights, must be replaced immediately - even if there is no visible damage. A damaged helmet never grants adequate protection.
Step 2. Selecting a hard hat
When choosing safety helmet, amongst other things note that the distance between issens vertex and the bottom side of the helmet shell should be at least 25 mm and at most 50 mm. The distance between the helmet shell and sweatband shall nowhere helmet around less than 5 mm. The helmet must be adapted to the user so that it both with and without chinstrap, stuck when the head is moved.
Where there is a need to protect themselves against shocks from stationary objects, you can use a Bump cap, CE marked according to EN 812th
Safety signs for head protection
The employer shall ensure that work areas where head protection is used, marked with signage.