PPE Safety: Hard Hats
• Do not leave your hard hat in direct sunlight or in a place with high temperatures, as this will weaken the plastic shell.
• Clean your hard hat with mild soap and water and avoid contact with chemicals, solvents, or gasoline.
• Never wear a cap or baseball hat under your hard hat or put anything in the space between the suspension and the shell.
• Do not puncture, modify, or engrave the shell or suspension of a hard hat.
An important element of hard hat safety is knowing when your hat needs to be replaced. Determining factors include:
• If there are visible dents, cracks, gouges, loss of gloss, or any other signs of damage that might reduce the degree of safety originally provided.
• If a hard hat has been struck by a forceful object, even if no damage is obvious.
• If the suspension inside of a hat is cracked, torn, or frayed. Suspension in hard hats that are used regularly should be replaced once a year.
• If a hard hat has been well-maintained, the shell of the hat should be replaced every 2-5 years depending on usage.