Head Protection

Head protection is a key component of PPE and should be used if any objects, structures or debris risk any chance from falling/impacting a human head. There are many different environments where head protection may be required/advised. A worker may bump their head against an object or there may be unforseen electrical hazards present. Head protection helps to prevent workers from potential head injuries and is often required on jobsites. The human brain is delicate, it is vital that the head protection provided/used is reliable and keeps the wearer safe if & when required.

Why wear Head Protection?

Does the law require head protection on construction sites?

For the vast majority of cases yes – on almost all construction sites the risks of head injury are such that the law requires head protection to be worn.

Construction work should be organised to minimise this risk, for example: preventing objects falling by using scaffolds with toe boards and, if necessary, brick guards.  But if after organising work to minimise the risk of head injury, the risks still remain, you should:

  • Ensure all workers are provided with, and wear, suitable head protection.
    This is necessary to comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 which, from 6 April applies to the provision and wearing of head protection on construction sites following the revocation of the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989.
What is 'suitable' head protection?

Head protection should:

  • be in good condition.  If it’s damaged, throw it away
  • fit the person wearing it and be worn properly
  • not stop you wearing hearing protectors as well (when needed)
  • only be obtained from a reputable supplier – there are fake hard hats on the market
How can I ensure head protection is worn?
  • by making it a site rule
  • always wearing your hard hat to set an example
  • checking others are wearing theirs