Industry and work at height
The head is the most important part of the human body and, unfortunately, the most vulnerable in construction work, where there is a risk of falls, structural collapses, and similar accidents. Safety helmets must ensure safety, quality of materials, and more.
We want to introduce you to a range of safety helmets for construction and industry that prioritize safety standards while also considering design, comfort, and innovative styles.
The safety helmet, or hard hat, besides being sturdy to absorb impacts and other mechanical actions, should also be lightweight, well-ventilated, adjustable, non-irritating, and equipped with a chin strap to ensure stability during dynamic work activities. The helmet should consist of a shell, an edging, and a front sweatband. The edging should allow for width adjustment.
The use of the safety helmet must be compatible with the use of other personal protective equipment, if required. Some helmets are designed to allow the installation of visors or noise-cancelling earmuffs.
The helmet must bear the "CE" marking, which certifies that it meets the appropriate protection requirements against risks, in accordance with the relevant harmonized standards.
Safety helmets are necessary in all works where there is a risk of materials falling from above, such as:
To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the real purpose of each safety helmet.
We always refer to UNI standards:
Legislative Decree 81/2008 establishes which activities are subject to mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, in sports activities, there are no obligations for PPE, and individuals are free to take risks. However, in work-related activities, regulations apply depending on the job, and each one requires the use of specific protective devices.
For instance, for masons, who need to use a certified helmet equipped with accessories to prevent the helmet from falling during work, they must use a device that complies with the UNI EN 397 standard and is equipped with a chin strap.
For specific industrial works, on the other hand, certified helmets UNI EN 14052 with high-performance characteristics are required, including special resistance of the chin strap retention. However, this feature could be dangerous for those working on scaffolding, as it is preferable for the helmet to detach rather than risk choking due to a sudden jerk against the scaffolding boards, so different helmets will be necessary.
For firefighters, it will be necessary to follow the UNI EN 443 standard, while for working at heights, one can opt for UNI EN 397 with a chin strap, or for those dedicated to mountaineering, the choice can be UNI EN 12492.
This is to say that head protection helmets are affordable and practical products that should be chosen based on their intended use with attention and care. The protective helmet serves to protect against high-speed falling objects impact. Additionally, each helmet corresponds to different colors and designs that allow for quick identification of various roles and tasks.
Below is a table containing all the UNI standards: