Thinking a Head

Head injuries can be as simple as a minor bump, bruise, cut or as serious as a lifelong impairment or even death. Hard hats are designed to resist blows and penetration and have an impact absorbing suspension system that puts a barrier space between your head and the shell of the hard hat. Hard hats must be worn at all Wachs Services property where overhead hazards exist and where they are required by the location’s PPE Hazard Assessment and/or client’s requirements.

Hard hats should be selected based on the hazards to be expected on the job. Hazards such as: 

  • Overhead falling objects
  • Swinging objects 
  • Fixed objects over head
  • Head contact with electrical hazards 

Select, inspect, adjust, clean, and store your hard hat as recommended by the manufacturer. Your hard hat has to be on your head properly to provide you with the designed protection. Hard hats are to be worn with bill facing forward unless utilizing attachments such as welding hood, face shield etc., however, once finished utilizing the attachment, the hardhat will be turned back around with bill facing forward. And lastly, do not store objects such as paper-work, cigarette packages or other items between the suspension and shell of the hard hat because they could alter the hard hat's protection capabilities.

Heat Stress Protection Tips!



Use a Buddy System

Frequent Breaks

Appropriate Clothing

Plenty of Fluids

Three classes of hats: 

1. General use: Resists impact, penetration and low voltage electrical protection.

2. Electrical: Resists impact, penetration and high voltage electrical protection.

3. Conductive: Provides impact and penetration resistance only.


Safe procedures

  • Inspect your hard hat daily to assure shell and suspension systems are in good working order. 

  • Adjust your hard hat suspension system to fit your head properly.
  • Keep your hard hat clean by using warm soapy water or the method recommended by the manufacturer. Rinse completely. Dry before use. 
  • Wear the hard hat in the direction that the it was designed to be worn.
  • Store your hard hat out of the sun in a cool place, not the back window of a vehicle.
  • Replace a hard hat if it has sustained an impact, it is damaged or if it is older than five years.

Always Think a Head and keep yourself #WachsSafe.

For additional safety tips and more infographics on heat safety, see this edition of Wachs Weekly!