High Quality Safety Helmets
Hard Hats & Construction Safety Helmets UK
When you think of construction site PPE, one of the first things you will picture in your mind is the safety helmet. This staple of every construction site is a cornerstone of our head protection range and a large part of our overall PPE offering.
Although the construction helmet is the first thing that comes to mind, there are many other settings where you can wear industrial safety helmets as part of personal protective equipment requirements. From industrial manufacturing to infrastructure maintenance and window cleaning, the hard hat has its place as an essential piece of safety equipment.
If you work where there is a potential for falling objects, such as tools, equipment or debris, you should wear a hard hat. We only sell safety helmets manufactured to conform to strict guidelines, allowing you to use them in confidence and compliance with UK health and safety laws.
Key Types Of Hard Hats
Below, we have summarised some of the most popular hard hat applications; there are, of course, many more, so if you cannot find the helmet you need, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Construction Hard Hats
You can find almost every type of helmet we sell can, in some way or another, on a construction site; these are best shopped for by feature. We recommend checking out the vented or unvented hard hat categories first.
Forestry Hard Hats
If you spend most of your time cutting down trees or stump grinding, these feature-rich helmets are the ideal solution. They come with integrated mesh face visors and ear defenders and are compatible with many other essential accessories.
Climbing Hard Hats
These helmets feature chin straps to prevent them from coming loose during a fall. They also have to conform to different standards to those designed for “on-the-ground” use. There are more details on the applicable EN standards on the ‘working at height’ helmets page.
Mining Hard Hats
These hard hats are designed for the mining industry. The helmet features lamp fitment brackets allowing you to use standard mining lamps. There are further options available for reflectivity and more.
Lines Man Hard Hats
These are specially designed with chin straps and also electrical insulation to meet EN 50365. Specifically to deal with the challenges of working at height around high voltage equipment.
What Colour Of Safety Helmet Should I Wear?
The colour of the hard hat you wear will depend on the environment or industry you work in and the job role that you operate within. Some sites have strict guidelines, whilst others will have no specific rules. The table below should help you identify the most appropriate hard hat colour for your needs.
Industries outside of rail and construction do not generally have written guidelines, so whether you are wearing a white hard hat or a pink one will depend on the specific site rules.
|Construction (BuildUK Standards)||Rail||Factory, Marine, & Other|
|White||Site Manager / Competent Operative||Allowed||Site Dependant|
|Yellow||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Site Dependant|
|Green||Green Sticker Only Indicates First Aider, Green Helmets Not Allowed.||Not Allowed||First Aider (Site Dependant)|
|Red||Red Sticker Only Indicates A Fire Marshal. Red Helmets Not Allowed.||Not Allowed||Fire Marshall (Site Dependant)|
|Black||Supervisor||Not Allowed||Site Dependant|
|Orange||Slinger / Signaller||Not Allowed||Site Dependant|
|Grey||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Site Dependant|
|Pink||Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Site Dependant|
Key Hard Hat Features & Terminology Explained
These helmets do not feature vents; this keeps the cost down, making them an excellent budget option.
Vented Hard Hats
Vents on the top of the helmet help to keep your head cool during strenuous work and warm weather. These vents can make the helmet more comfortable to wear.
Slip Ratchet Adjuster
This is a great cost-efficient way of adjusting helmets to fit securely to your head, ensuring the helmet stays in place.
Wheel Ratchet Adjuster
This premium adjuster is easier to use and offers greater granularity when adjusting the helmet, allowing you to fine-tune the fit.
For those working at height or in areas where falls are a concern, a chin strap prevents the helmet from falling off during a fall.
Integrated Eyeware & Face Shields
These come with integrated eye protection. Having a helmet with a visor for face or eye protection means one less thing to keep track of when on site.
Ear Defender Mounts
Many of our helmets feature ear defender mounting points allowing you to attach ear defenders directly to your helmet. We include indications on product pages, so you know which ear defenders are compatible.
Some of our helmets come with pre-applied reflective material. This added visibility is ideal for use on sites that operate after dark or for use by emergency services which often work at night.
ID Badge Holder
This feature allows you to mount ID badges on your forehead securely, placing the badge in a prominent position where others can clearly see it.
A lightweight hard hat makes it more comfortable to wear for extended periods.
A micro peak is ideal for riggers and those who work with cranes as they have to look up a lot in their role.
A full brim helmet has a ledge all around the circumference, allowing for a better runoff of fluids and offering shade from the sun.
Higher-end helmets feature a soft fabric harness that provides improved comfort.
Height adjustment clips on the harness ensure a snug fit on the user's head.
On most of our helmets, you can change the sweatband once soiled for improved cleanliness and comfort.
Impact Resistant Liner
Many of our working at height helmets feature an internal liner that improves the impact resistance.
Commonly Asked Questions
Do Hard Hats Expire?
All compliant helmets should be stamped with their manufacturing date. All manufacturer's recommendations will differ. For example, JSP recommends a maximum storage and usage life of 10 years for their helmets, so long as they are not subject to any damage.
How Much Does A Hard Hat Weigh?
The weight of a hard hat differs between models. Each of our product pages will detail the weight. Lighter helmets are often more comfortable to wear for longer periods.
What are Hard Hats Made Of?
Manufactures make hard hats from an array of materials. These are mostly plastics, including ABS and HDPE. Which materials they use will depend on the model of the helmet and its intended application.
Can You Put Stickers On Your Hard Hat?
Unless the manufacturer of the helmet supplies the sticker, then no. Some sticker adhesives may contain solvents that can weaken the shell, making it not conform.
Is a Hard Hat The Same As A Helmet?
Yes, they are both the same, although the term “hard hat” is seldom used for cycling and motorsport applications in the UK.
How Often Should Hard Hats Be Inspected?
Before every use, you should look for cracks, stress signs, or other damage. The harness is just as important as the shell; if this is damaged, you should consider ordering a replacement harness.
How Do You Adjust Your Hard Hat?
Each helmet on the market will have nuances about how it should be adjusted. All our product pages feature links or embedded guides, allowing you to easily find out how to fit your helmet for comfort and protection properly.
When should hard hats be replaced?
If your hard hat has any visible damage, such as a crack, tear in the harness or deep scuff, you should immediately replace it. You should also replace the helmet if it ever experiences an impact, as it may have caused damage you cannot see.
Helmet Related EN Standards
Several EN standards apply to safety helmets; please see our bump cap page for details of bump cap safety standards.
|Top Shock Absorption||Top Penetration||Side Shock Absorption||Side Penetration||Side Impact Flat Strike|
|EN14052||5Kg @ 2m (100 joules)||1Kg @ 2.5m (25 Joules)||5kg @ 1m (50 joules)||1kg @ 2m (20 joules)|
|EN12492||5Kg @ 2m (100 joules)||3kg @ 1m (29 joules)||5kg @ 50cm (25 joules)|
|EN397||5Kg @ 1m (50 joules)||3Kg @ 1m (29 Joules)|
|EN50365||Helmets that meet this standard are suited to use working with live electrical hazards up to 1000V.|
Looking for Bump Caps
If you want to protect yourself from stationary objects, then a quality bump cap could be what you need.
Bump caps are excellent for protecting your head from bumps and scrapes caused by your movements, such as those experienced when getting in and out of vans and forklifts or working in areas with low-level obstructions.
They are not the proper solution for protecting yourself from falling or swinging objects; for these instances, you will need to use a safety helmet.
Has Looking For Hard Hats Left You Scratching Your Head?
Our sales team are here to help you. You can contact them today on 01905 794 875; they will help you find the perfect head protection and PPE for your needs. We have a wide range of stock to choose from, so we are positive we can find the product you need at a price point that suits your budget.
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