Basic Types of Head Protection

Head protection is primarily intended to protect the wearer from impact blows and needs to absorb the shock of a blow. When it comes to the general shape of the helmet, there are 2 types of protection offered. The first is helmets with a full brim which is not less than 1 and ¼ inches wide. The second is brimless helmets with a peak extending forward from the crown.

 

When it comes to the purpose of the helmet there are 3 classes which are recognised in the industrial section. The first is Class A, which is intended for use in protection against impact hazards. It is mainly used in mining, construction, manufacturing and tunnelling to name but a few. The second (Class B) is intended to protect the person’s head against impact from flying or falling objects, as well as the penetration thereof. It is also intended for protection against high-voltage shock and burn, which means it is extensively used by electrical workers. Thirdly you will find there is Class C, which has a lightweight design, primarily for comfort and also to protect against impact.  This class is usually manufactured from aluminium and is not intended for use when in need of dielectric protection. It is usually used in certain construction and manufacturing occupations, oil fields, refineries, and chemical plants in cases where there is no danger from electrical hazards or corrosion. In the case where it is possible that a worker could bump his head against a fixed object, Class C is also sufficient.

 

With these facts in mind, we hope you are able to make a good choice when you choose head protection!

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