Hard Hats

A hard hat is a type of head protection used in many industries to protect workers from injuries cause by falling debris, electrical shock and other hazards. They are commonly made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), thermoplastic or injection-molded fiberglass to meet ANSI standards. Designed with a 4-point, 6-point or 8-point suspension system that directs the impact through the body to the feet, reducing injury to the head, neck and spine.

Hard hats come in all styles, colors and types including:

  • Full brim hard hats
  • Partial brim or cap style
  • Slotted hard hats
  • Pinlock and ratchet suspension
  • Vented hard hats
  • Custom hard hats
  • Cowboy hard hats (Western style)
  • Climbing helmets
  • Graphic hard hats
  • Officially licensed NFL hard hats
  • Hi-Viz and dozens of colors

AFT Fastener carries all the top brands of OSHA compliant & ANSI rated head protection including MSA, ERB. PIP, 3M, Jackson Safety, and Occunomix.

Types of Hard Hats

  • Type I offer protection to the top of the head
  • Type II offer protection to the top and sides of the head

Hard Hat Classes

  • Class G (General) hard hats are rated for 2,200 volts
  • Class E (Electrical) hard hats are rated for 20,000 volts
  • Class C (Conductive) hard hats do not offer electrical shock protection

Hard Hat Color Meaning

  • White: For engineers, supervisors, managers & foreman
  • Red: For fire fighters
  • Blue: For electricians, carpenters and other technical operators
  • Yellow: For laborers, heavy duty operators and construction tasks
  • Brown: For welders and workers with high heat applications
  • Green: For safety officers
  • Grey: For site visitors
  • Pink: In some industries it is used as an additional helmet

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