The purpose of this document is to provide general guidelines to all Yukon government employees on PPE - "Head Protection."
For detailed information regarding "PPE - Headwear," please review Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (YOHSR), Part 1: General, Sections 1.17 through 1.21 and 1.48(1).
Safety headwear (hardhats or helmets) is designed to protect the head from impact from falling, flying or thrown objects, bumps, splashes from chemicals or harmful substances, contact with energized objects and equipment and to make you visible in the workplace.
Classes of headwear can include:
- Type 1 - protection from impact and penetration at the crown (top) and
- Type 2 - protection from impact, penetration at the crown (top) and laterally (sides)
Each type is also available in the following classes:
- Class E (20 000 V electrical rating) - non-conducting material (electrical trades)
- Class G (2200 V electrical rating) - non-conducting material (general trades)
- Class C (no electrical rating)
Most headwear is made up of two parts:
- The shell (light and rigid to deflect blows)
- The suspension (to absorb and distribute the energy of the blow)
Both parts of the headwear must be compatible and maintained according to manufacturer's instructions. If attachments are used with headwear, they must be designed specifically for use with the specific headwear used.
Employees must be provided with and be required to wear high visibility safety headwear and apparel when they are exposed to the hazards of moving vehicles or equipment, directing traffic on a public way or are endangered by vehicular traffic on a public way.
Inspection and Maintenance
Proper care is required for headwear to perform efficiently. Its' service life is affected by many factors including temperature, chemicals, sunlight and ultraviolet radiation. The usual maintenance for headwear is simply washing with a mild detergent and rinsing thoroughly.
- Replace headwear that is pitted, holed, cracked or brittle.
- Replace headwear that has been subjected to a blow even though damage cannot be seen.
- Remove from service any headwear if its serviceability is in doubt.
- Replace headwear and components according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Drill, remove peaks, or alter the shell or suspension in any way.
- Use solvents or paints on the shell (makes shell "break down").
- Put chin straps over the brims of certain classes of headwear.
- Use any liner that contains metal or conductive material.
- Carry anything in the hard hat while wearing the hard hat.