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Hard Hat Safety. A HISTORY OF HARDHATS. A HISTORY OF HARDHATS. Manufactured by what is known as the Bullard Company today. Called the Hard-Boiled Hat and patented in 1919. Manufactured out of steamed canvas, glue and black paint. 1938 - first aluminum hardhat became available.

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A HISTORY OF HARDHATS

  • Manufactured by what is known as the Bullard Company today.

  • Called the Hard-Boiled Hat and patented in 1919.

  • Manufactured out of steamed canvas, glue and black paint.

  • 1938 - first aluminum hardhat became available.


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A HISTORY OF HARDHATS

  • 1940’s - use of heat resistant fiberglass.

  • 1950’s and 60’s - use of plastics replaced fiberglass.

  • 1980’s change in suspension.



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HARD HATS

  • Must meet ANSI Standards

  • Require a hard outer shell and a shock-absorbing liner.

  • Have a liner that incorporates a head band and straps that suspend the shell from 1 to 1 1/4 inches away from the users head.


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HARD HATS MUST:

  • Resist penetration by objects.

  • Absorb the shock of a blow.

  • Be water resistant and slow burning.



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CLASS A

  • General service only.

  • Provides good impact protection.

  • Has limited voltage protection.

  • Used in mining, building construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing.


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CLASS B

  • Provide good impact protection.

  • Protect against high-voltage shock and burns.


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CLASS C

  • Offer limited protection.

  • Do not protect against falling objects or electric shock.


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SUSPENSION REPLACEMENT

  • Shows signs of deterioration such as cracking, tearing, or fraying.

  • No longer holds the shell from 1 inch to 1 1/4 inches away from the head.


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REPLACEMENT OF THE HARD HAT SHELL

  • The brim or shell is nicked, cracked, perforated, or deformed.

  • Loss of surface gloss.

  • Chalking or fading of surface.

  • Flaking of surface.

  • Shell is stiff or brittle.

  • Struck by a falling object.

  • Has made an electrical contact.


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DEGRADATION TEST OF THE HARD HAT SHELL

  • Compress the shell inward from both sides about one inch.

  • Release without dropping the shell.

  • Should return to its original shape quickly.

  • If elasticity is not similar to a new shell, it should be replaced.


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IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • Protects from impacts from above.

  • Never modify the shell or suspension.

  • Avoid contact with electrical devices.

  • Replace if struck by a falling object.

  • Do not store in direct sunlight.

  • Do not sit on.

  • Do not paint.

  • Do not use solvents or cleaners.


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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

  • Remove head liner and inspect for defects. Replace if needed.

  • Immerse shell in hot water and detergent for one minute.

  • Scrub.

  • Rinse in clear hot water.

  • Inspect for defects, replace if needed.


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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

  • INSPECT DAILY BEFORE USING


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