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Head Protection

Last updated: October 27, 2018

What Does Head Protection Mean?

Head protection is an item of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is generally designed to protect the scalp area and sometimes the jaw as well. The face is generally not covered by head protection and eye protection. Noise protection or hearing protection and respiratory protection are separate kinds of PPE, thus are not covered under head protection. Head protection is any equipment that protects these areas from impact trauma and burns.

Safeopedia Explains Head Protection

Head injuries are one of the most common causes of fatality. It is important to choose the correct head gear and use it correctly. A common example of head protection is a hard hat. The American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection (ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014) provides testing and performance standards for industrial helmets or hard hats. Specifications include optimization for horizontal impact or impact from the top and electrical protection insulation, as well as heat protection. These have supporting straps to keep them in place. Choosing appropriate head gear and training should be done after a risk assessment and safety plan.

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