What to know about Head Protection

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required to provide a safe and healthful workplace and must protect workers from hazards that can cause injury or illness.

While completely eliminating the workplace hazard is preferable (and the most ideal), sometimes this is not practical. In these situations employers will require employees to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize the hazards that cannot be eliminated.

OSHA regards protecting workers’ heads from injury as a focal point of PPE compliance. Workplace head injuries frequently have serious or fatal consequences, most of which could have been easily prevented with precautionary measures. Safety helmets or hard hats absorb and reduce impact, as well as prevent penetration hazards. Depending on the model, many also protect from burns and electrical shock hazards as well.

Head protection must be worn in the following circumstances…