Don't be hard-headed, wear your hard hat to protect one of the most important parts of the body. A severe blow to the head can cause a concussion, hearing problems, memory loss, confusion, seizures and even loss of smell. You can significantly reduce your risk of a head injury on the job simply by wearing a hard hat. A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that most workers who have suffered impact injuries to the head were not wearing head protection at the time of performing their normal job duties.
Wear a hard hat when there is a risk of head injury from the following:
The hard hat design and construction resists blows and absorbs shock. The outer shell protects the head from a blow or penetration. The head band and straps absorb the shock of an impact and the chin strap (if equipped) keeps the hat on.
Hard hat classes identify the level of protection. ANSI standard changes have not been incorporated into the OSHA standard. All classes resist impact and penetration.
Make sure you have a comfortable fit and adjust the headband so the hat itself does not touch your head. Maintain your hard hat so it can protect you.
For additional information or assistance, please contact Environment, Health and Safety (270) 745-2395.