Head protection policies for construction are being updated in a move away from traditional hard hats. Many companies are adopting safety helmets meeting ANSI Type I & EN 12492, as well as ANSI Type II & EN 14052 hard hats, addressing the higher risks and hazards on today’s job sites. Hard Hats in the US must meet the Z89.1-2014 safety standard set by ANSI/ISEA. So what is the difference between ANSI Type I and Type II head protection? The standard establishes the types and classes of hard hat options that provide appropriate protection for hazards in their specific workplaces. Read on to learn about the differences of head protection and the implementation of MIPS® technology.
Hard hats are a staple item on any construction site and in many other workplace applications. But, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, before there were hard hats, standards and regulations, workers used to smear their hats with tar and let them dry in the sun. Today we have many more advances, options, choices, colors, accessories, and the list goes on. But there are some questions that people still have about wearing a hard hat.