safety helmet

The safety helmet; to fully understand its use

12/1/2020 - SPI

Regardless of the type of safety helmet (construction safety helmet, welding safety helmet, etc.), it is important to always be attentive to its effectiveness. Many elements can cause damage to your head protection equipment and the following paragraphs will enlighten you on the subject.

Finding the right size

The size chart corresponds to the inner circumference of the hard hat related to head dimension. The space between the top of the head and the shell is a shock-absorption system protecting against possible impacts.


The tightening can be adjusted via a ratchet integrated in the helmet. It is important to tighten the helmet securely to ensure a comfortable fit. If the helmet causes you discomfort or irritation, this is usually an indication that the tightness should be loosened slightly.

The neck and crown straps must be adjusted, so the brim is not pointing upward. Avoid wearing a cap under it or place the neck strap on the front for inverted hard hats.

Please note that caps and winter cold protection items (toque, hat, etc.) may interfere with the suspension system.

Care and maintenance

Use mild soap when cleaning safety hard hats (avoid solvents, abrasives or petroleum-based products) and air dry without applying heat.

Hard hats hit by an object must be replaced, even if they don’t show signs of damage. The use of hair products, hair oils, insecticides, and even sweat can affect suspension components.

Precautions to take

Do not insert anything between the suspension system and the shell. Avoid painting components or drill holes into the shell. Do not keep the hard hat in the car where there is a risk of overexposure to the sun.

Every day inspect the condition, color and finish of safety hard hats to detect cracks, bumps, cuts, notches, as well as signs of wear or extended exposure to heat and sunlight.

Inspect the straps and webbing of the suspension system daily. If a Type 2 hard hat has damaged foam lining, the entire hard hat must be replaced.

To learn more about the different types of helmets and their specifics, click here!

To find out about the standard’s requirements or get your equipment evaluated, don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists.