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Hardhats are typically provided by the employer and typically bear the employer’s emblem or insignia. An employer of electrical workers must ensure hardhats issued to those workers are rated for electrical work.
Hardhats rated for electrical work serve the basic hardhat functions and more. Two of the basic functions:
l Identify the worker. At a glance, managers and security personnel can tell who is who from the colors and emblems/insignia. In addition to helping secure the facility, each hardhat provides enough information to identify the employer of an incapacitated worker (medical or other emergency).
l Protect the worker’s head from impact. If you wear the hat correctly, it will provide substantial protection from overhead and side impact. Additionally, the bill will help protect your face so don’t wear the hat backwards.
An electrically rated hardhat provides a substantial insulating barrier between the worker’s head and electricity. Worn with the bill forward, the hat protects your face by limiting how close your nose can get to an energized source.
The hat is made from an insulating material. OSHA has limits on the amount of hard hat space you can cover with stickers. The reason for those limits is so you don’t create an ionization trail that voids the electrical protection your hard hat is designed to provide. Don’t spray any sealer, lacquer, or cleaner on your hat unless it is approved for the purpose.