Safety helmets - what you should know
Safety helmet – also called head protection - is a legal requirement when you are on a construction site or when working in a place at risk of being hit by falling elements.
A safety helmet can protect against:
- Electric voltage
- Heat radiation
- Splashes of metal
There are different types of helmets:
- Industrial safety helmets
The purpose of an industrial safety helmet is to protect you from falling objects that can cause brain damage and skull fractures.
- Bumpcap/Hardcap (hard work hats)
A bumpcap must not be confused with a safety helmet as it does not provide protection against falling or moving objects. On the other hand, a bumpcap gives you protection from hitting your head against hard, stationary objects, so you avoid lacerations, wounds and other superficial lesions.
- Climbing helmets
This type of helmet is used primarily for mountaineering or climbing.