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Check these three things to ensure your employees' hard hats are in perfect condition

by , 04 July 2014
According to the OHS Act, you must provide your employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This must fit the risks they face in their jobs every day.

When it comes to construction jobs, one of the most important pieces of protective clothing is a hard hat. It protects them from falling objects, obstacles they can walk into and collision hazards that plague most construction sites.

But if your employees' hard hats are old and tatty, it's not much better than not having one at all. So check these three things to ensure they're in tiptop condition...

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Are your employees' hard hats up for the protection challenge? 

 
According to hardhats.4ursafety.com half of all construction site accidents that happen occur when employees are looking down. This means they don't see the impending danger. So, if a brick falls it could hits them on the head.
 
If you've seen how brittle old plastic can get, you'll know damaged old hard hats can crumble under the force of a brick.
 
That's why you must check these three things to ensure your employees' hard hats are in top condition...
 
Three things to check to ensure your hard hats are in great condition
 
When you check your company's hard hats, look for any:
 
1. Visible cracks in the plastic shell;
2. Thin or chipped areas in the plastic; and
3. Missing pieces of the support structure or head straps on the inside of the hat.
 
If you spot any of these things on a hard hat, it's time to invest in new PPE and safety wear.
 
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