If you have recently become employed in the construction industry, you have probably been issued standard safety equipment and instructed on how to wear it. Now, it's probably your responsibility to learn how to care for your equipment properly. Your safety helmet is an essential piece of equipment that you will be using on a regular basis. The following are three strategies that will help you obtain an optimal level of protection from your safety helmet.
Your safety helmet should be visually inspected without fail at the beginning of every work day before you place it on your head. Many people satisfy themselves with giving their helmets a quick look every week or so, but this approach is not recommended.
Even the slightest crack, ding, or dent can compromise the protective capabilities of your helmet. It is better to err on the side of caution and turn a helmet in that you suspect was damaged, than to continue to work with a helmet that may fail to protect you at a critical moment.
Proper Washing Procedures
You should wash your helmet on a regular basis by dipping it in a mixture of hot water and detergent for a minimum of one minute. Then thoroughly scrub your helmet with a soft-bristled brush and dry it with a clean cotton cloth. How often you clean it will depend on your work environment, and that can change significantly from day to day in the construction industry. You should store your helmet on a designated hook in your employee locker if you have one. If you take your helmet home with you at night after work, you should have a specific place where your hat won't get disturbed until you leave for work the next morning.
Your helmet should never be stashed in the rear window compartment of your vehicle while you travel from your home to your job site or vice versa. Areas like these may damage your hat after a bumpy car ride or in the event that you have to come to an unexpected stop. The heat and exposure to sunlight is also common to rear window areas and can adversely affect your helmet's protection capabilities. Both heat and UV rays can cause the materials that helmets are made of to degrade, which can compromise your safety. Always place your helmet in a protected area of your vehicle such as the passengers' seat.
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