Personal protective equipment (PPE) means all equipment that is intended to be worn or held by people at work and which protects them against one or more risks to their health and safety, and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective. All PPE should be used as a last resort to reduce the risk-taking into consideration that the risk will not be eliminated.
Safety helmets are one of the most frequently used forms of PPE. Safety helmets will protect the user’s head against:
- the impact from objects falling from above, by resisting and deflecting blows to the head.
- hitting fixed dangerous objects at the workplace,
- lateral forces – depending on the type of hard hat selected. Traditional hard hats are not designed to protect users from impacts to the front, side, or back of the head.
- open flame, molten metals splash, electric shock, high temperature – depending on the additional protective properties of the hard hat selected, e.g. a basic, standard safety helmet does not protect against an electric shock.
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