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  1. Wearing a Hard Hat is Only Half the Job PPE Safety Training

  2. Hard Hat Inspections • Million of hard hats are worn every day • Most recognizable piece of safety equipment in industrial workplace • Protects the brain due to falling objects • Rarely part of an inspection, maintenance or replacement program

  3. Looks Can Be Deceiving • Rugged looking material can disguise the need for replacement • Replace when hat can no longer provide protection intended • OSHA does not specify service life of hard hats • Life spans vary based on conditions

  4. Life of a Hard Hat • General guideline, replace every five years regardless of outward appearance • Exposure to high temperatures, sunlight or chemicals? Replace every two years • Inspect suspension as well as shell • Worksite review is critical to degradation of PPE

  5. Inspection & Maintenance • Best to wear ANSI approved type I, class E, hard hat • Hats consist of two components: shell and suspension • Components work together as a system and must be inspected on a regular basis

  6. Shell Inspection • Routinely inspect for dents, cracks, gouges & damages due to impact • Look to see if shell is brittle, faded, dull in color or exhibits a chalky appearance • Replace if these conditions exist

  7. Suspension Inspection • Routinely closely inspect for cracks, frayed or cut crown straps, torn headband or size adjustment slots, loss of pliability, missing components or other signs of wear • Conditions as these can be caused by perspiration, hair oils or normal wear

  8. General Guidelines • Avoid reissuing hard hats to new employees • Supply with new, unused and unexposed • Hard hats are designed to protect you only once • If struck by a forcible blow, replace shell and suspension immediately

  9. Field Test • Compress shell inward from the sides about 1’’ with both hands, then release pressure • Shell should quickly return to its original shape • Compare elasticity to new shell • If sample doesn’t match or cracks due to brittleness, replace immediately