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Hard Head or Hard Hat?

Hard Head or Hard Hat? Sometimes, it can seem that another person’s head is made of cement or another fairly impenetrable material. But the human skull is actually pretty fragile. It can’t protect the brain from many of the hazards electricians regularly encounter on the job. These are hazards ranging from a tool falling off a platform to accidentally headbutting an energized conductor or getting an arc to the head.

Not only does your hardhat offer physical protection, it helps identify you on the job. If everyone from your company wears a yellow hard hat with the company logo on it, the unknown person wearing a brown hard hat is probably not with your crew. That’s the guy who just tossed something suspicious into the cooling tower basin.

Safety begins with selecting the correct hardhat. Yours needs to be a Type II (Type I protects only the top of your head from impact), rated Class G (up to 2200V) or Class C (up to 20,000V). Make sure your hardhat is clean and isn’t plastered with stickers or overly decorated with ink; these can create a conductive path along the hat.

Somebody once decided that wearing baseball caps backwards is cool, and this trend caught on. Don’t do this with your hardhat, as that would render it less protective. Adjust the liner for a secure but comfortable fit, and don’t stuff things between the shell and the liner.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection