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Head Protection Articles

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Heads Up

When you think of head protection you may first think of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PPE element for head protection seems like an oxymoron. Why would you risk protection of the most important part of your body, and for what reason? If you’re protecting your head for the job you are currently doing; this now seems to disappear into some irrelevance.

Protecting Above the Neck

With the ever-rising need to comply with strict health and safety regulations, and increasing numbers of people working in dangerous environments, it’s vital that organisations keep up to date with PPE requirements.

PPE Certification

The aim of this article is to provide economic operators, such as manufacturers, importers and distributors, with information concerning European legal requirements of placing personal protective equipment, in particular head protection equipment, within the European Union internal market.

A Vision of Safety

Thousands of workers each year suffer from work related eye injuries that range from minor injuries like dust in the eye resulting in temporary conjunctivitis, to serious injuries that cause the loss of one or both eyes.

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From the Neck Up

Use Your Head

Equipped to Handle Hazards

Facing up to Safety

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Mind Your Head

Keep Ahead of Safety

Heading For Safe Ground

Safety On The Edge

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Chemicals In The Workplace

Occupational Head Protection

Effective Changes

Keep Your Head

2012-11-28 EHS News: Alwyn Mendonca guides us through occupational head protection, including the correct selection, use and maintenance of PPE. Every year in the construction industry workers are killed and many others

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Getting Ahead on Safety [Aug 2012]

No matter now careful you may be to engineer hazards out of your workplace, Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, plays a vital part in maintaining worker safety. Certain tasks are clearly more hazardous than others, but protecting a worker’s eyesight - as powerful a work tool as it is vulnerable - is obviously essential.

Occupational Noise

Perhaps the most pervasive and widespread occupational hazard in industrialised nations around the world is high levels of noise. Noise is defined as unwanted sound, sound interfering with or masking another sound, or sound occurring at irregular intervals varying in intensity and frequency.

Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

Head Protection

Prevention of head injuries is an important factor in every safety programme. A single injury can handicap an employee for life, or it can be fatal. In a survey of accidents and injuries by the American Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it was noted that most workers who suffered impact injuries to the head were not wearing head protection. The majority of workers were injured while performing their normal jobs at their regular worksites.

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EXCEEDING STANDARDS

I’m not one to preach, but in my position as an industrial and protective apparel consultant I do get asked for advice on the subject of what PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should be worn and where. So, subsequently I have to have an opinion, which I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear falls strongly in favour of a safe working environment, or suitable protective apparel where risks are encountered.

Above the neck protection

Safety helmets play a vital role in protecting personnel on site, yet many are unaware that like most products, they have a shelf life. The implications of this are huge, with many site personnel currently using helmets that should have been replaced.

Why Don't People Follow the Rules?

In its 2002 report, the World Health Organisation estimated that up to 16% of hearing loss globally is attributed to workplace noise exposure. Despite an understanding of the exposure levels that create harm, rules and policies put in place to mitigate those exposures are all too frequently ignored.

Use Your Head - Wear that Hard Hat

No one can predict objects falling from above. When we were kids, our teachers told us to put on our ‘thinking caps’. Now that we are all grown up, those who work in industrial settings need to use their thinking caps to remember to always wear head protection anytime hazards are present. The key to keeping yourself out of harm’s way is personal protective equipment, of all types.

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Helmets

Health and safety provision is a fact of life for any modern business and the penalties for failing to ensure the wellbeing of workers can prove disastrous. Claire Lynam of BSI examines the issues surrounding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the standards that affect its manufacture, and how the Asian market is reacting to it.

Ergonomics of PPE - Ensuring Acceptable Above the Neck Protection

Although it is widely recognised that reduction of any risk at source is to be preferred, in many workplaces Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used, either as the only form of protection or as an additional defence. Taking just one form of protection as an example, research has established that 5.5 million workers are exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace. Of these, approximately 50% wear respiratory protective equipment (RPE). However, it is also estimated that only 50% of these wear equipment that is correctly selected and fitted. It can be calculated from this that only 25% of those at risk are adequately protected which suggests that the remaining 75% could be at risk from respiratory ill health.

Above the Neck - Protection of the head, face, vision and hearing

It really goes without saying that the protection of the head, face, vision and hearing in many working environments is of paramount importance. This is due to the importance and sensitivity of these areas and the potential consequences should any of these areas be damaged. Many of the required protective equipment can be fitted into one device - the helmet. However sometimes it is impractical, uncomfortable or just unavailable to the user.

Industrial Head Protection - Risk Consciousness is finding it's way into the workplace

We cannot always avoid risks, but when we do need to take them there is a huge difference between being brave and being fool-hardy. Not before time, a new risk consciousness is finding its way into the workplace and attitudes against properly protecting yourself are being superseded by more intelligent viewpoints, and the result of this change has been a growing demand for extra protection.

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Racing to Improve Head Protection

An accident in July in which a young man's life was saved by a safety helmet was witnessed on TV by millions of people. Felipe Massa was driving in the Hungarian Grand Prix when a spring from another car impacted the side of his helmet and fractured his skull. A new helmet regulation issued five years earlier that introduced a combination of new design and materials to improve protection levels by 50 per cent, had spared his life.

Can You Keep A Cool Head

In a previous HSI article (October 2006 - “If you want to keep your head, wear the right hat”) I wrote about head protection. The topics covered included causes of head injury, how and when helmets protect you, regulations and standards, types of helmet and SUCAM (Selection, Use, Care And Maintenance). This article provides a selection of some more useful and (hopefully) interesting points about head protection not covered in my previous article.

Preventing Head Injuries

Head Protection is often the only form of protection - According to the ILO there are 2.3 million work-related deaths each year with 350,000 fatal accidents, worldwide. Predictably, the construction sector is the most hazardous with around 60,000 fatal accidents globally each year. This equates to a fatal accident every 10 minutes.

Quality Head Protection

Exceeds current safety standards by up to x3+ JSP Ltd, a British company based in Oxford, is recognised as a leading independent manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment, Spill and Janitorial Products and Road Safety Equipment. They are dedicated to developing quality, innovative products that meet the latest legislation and provide people with the protection and comfort they need in their lives and workplace.

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Keeping Your Head - Intact

The whole point of protective headwear is that it is just that - a protection, a safeguard, something that is designed to lessen the effect of certain incidents.

Protect Your Head

This article gives an overview, including some of the aspects of head protection that are not so well known. The same principles of head protection apply wherever you are in the world, but I have used examples of European standards. As with any PPE, you can get detailed advice from manufacturers, suppliers and safety organizations and regulators; HSE in the UK1.

Above the Neck Protection

To prevent ourselves coming to injury or harm while going about our jobs, we are nowadays accustomed to using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to minimise exposure to hazardous substances and offer protection in case of an accident. However, personal protective equipment is not the only route that offers protection as good work practices and organisational controls can also be used as valid risk reduction techniques.

Safety Helmets

Austin Simmons, head of SATRA's safety product test centre, explains helmet safety and his organisation's capabilities to test to the most stringent standards. Safety helmets are worn in a variety of industrial, sports and leisure activities. Industrial applications, include workers on construction sites and in the fire service. Common sporting activities include horse riding, rock climbing, canoeing as well as helmets being worn on vulnerable types of transport such as cycles and motorcycles.

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Head Protection Equipment

Every year many workers are killed or seriously injured in the construction industry as a result of head injuries. Wearing an appropriate safety helmet significantly reduces the risk of injury or even death. Protective headwear could save your life.

Do I Have to Carry Out Fit Testing?

Legislative background to the use of Qualitative Fit Testing in the UK

Industrial Safety Helmets

Certification and testing

Keeping Your Head

Helmets today are well designed and can offer significant protection if carefully selected, used, and maintained. Improved helmets are on the way, but there is no need to wait; increased use of existing helmets would greatly reduce the number of head injuries.

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