It’s not just safety helmets, hard hats and bump caps that are important health and safety considerations. Employers should also display health and safety signs to advise personnel of the need to wear head protection in environments where there is a risk of falling objects, collapsing structures, protruding extensions or restricted head space.
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This is a tricky question, although there is no official shelf life for an industrial safety helmet in the European standard, it is advised to use common sense. You should regularly inspect both the helmet shell and its harness for signs of wear and tear.
To check your helmet is still safe to use, hold the hat upside down and squeeze the two sides together. If you hear a cracking sound then it is time to replace the entire hard hat to prevent impact injuries.
You should inspect your helmet before every use. Look for dents, abrasions and cuts in the shell. If the integrity of the helmet is comprimised then you must replace it to ensure you are protected and compliant