Hard hats are required on most work sites in Australia and, more importantly, they protect one of the most vital parts of our bodies. A necessary inclusive to any quality PPE kit, hard hats keep you safe from overhead or falling hazards that may cause serious or potentially fatal trauma to the head.
AS/NZS 1800:1998 Occupational Protective Helmets - Selection, care & use
What Is the Benefit of a Certified Hard Hat?
A certified hard hat that has met all of the requirements of the industry standards listed above. Furthermore, it has also been independently tested by a third party in accordance with these standards.
You only have one head. Why would you risk it in anything less than a fully certified, independently tested hard hat?
When Does a Hard Hat Need To Be Replaced?
Although there is no set service life for when hard hats are to be replaced, there are some guidelines for best practice. Hard hats and their components should bereplaced if:
The hat has been in constant use for more than 3 years.
The harness been in constant use for 2 years or more.
There are signs of wear and tear to either the helmet shell or harness.
An impact has occurred that would have caused the wearer injury, which could have weakened the integrity of the hard hat.
Additionally, your hard hat must be replaced when:
The shell becomes brittle.
The shiny surface appears dull, chalky or changes colour.
Cracks appear in the shell.
The helmet surface has had a significant impact.
Also, your hard hat harness must be replaced when:
One or more of the mounts break off.
The harness becomes brittle.
The harness will no longer hold securely to the head.
The cradling straps become weak or worn.
Why Is the Hard Hat Harness So Important?
The harness in PRO Choice hard hats provides a vital role in the event of a impact to the hard hat. It works by stretching to absorb the impact and distribute the force of energy, thus minimising the effect of the impact force.
PRO Choice hard hats have a unique PROlink anchorage design to connect the inside webbing, which significantly improves shock absorption.
Do Pro Choice Hard Hat Accessories Affect the Effectiveness of the Hard Hat?
Official PRO Choice safety gear accessories have been tested and certified by Australian and New Zealand standards to meet their stringent criteria, when worn with PRO Choice Safety hard hats.
No matter whether you want plain or coloured hard hats, PRO Choice — and BIG Safety — have you covered. Browse the range below or head over to our custom printed hard hats page if you are looking to personalise your helmets for the workplace.