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Best Hard Hats For Electricians

Let’s face it, wearing hard hats isn’t the greatest thing about being an electrician or working in construction. I’ve never enjoyed wearing mine, but I can say that it’s saved my brain bucket from getting whacked by pipes or poked by threaded rod.

When working on construction sites, most of the time we electricians concentrate too much on finishing our tasks on time that we forget about our safety.

We need to start thinking about safety as a priority and you should always be looking out for yourself.

On a typical construction site there are lots of situations that can easily cause injury to your head or even sudden death.

 

broken hard hat

Wearing Hard Hats on the Job Site

Did you know that the construction industry has the highest number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) of any work place?

Seriously.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) surveyed construction workers who sustained head injuries, and a whopping 84% of those surveyed were not wearing head protection.

That’s not a small number considering that OSHA 1926.100(a) mandates:

Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.

hard hat oshaDue to the need of safety in all construction sites, the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) provide strict regulations and requirements for using hard hats.

Before a hard helmet is cleared for public use, it had to meet the minimum requirements set by ANSI and OSHA.

Basic Hard Hat Information

Each hard hat has to have the following information labelled clearly inside the hat:

  • The Manufacturer’s name clearly written
  • The date of manufacture of the hat
  • Size range for fitting of the hat
  • The ANSI type the hat belongs to either (type I) or (type II)
  • The ANSI standard of built that the hat conforms to. E.g. “ANSI Z89.1-2003”
  • Class designation

According to ANSI/ISEA , hard hat electrical performance is divided into three different categories:

  • General (G) –  for areas with voltage levels up to 2,200 volts, phase to ground. This is the most common hard hat on construction sites.
  • E (Electrical) – reduces the danger of contact with voltages up to 20,000 volts, phase to ground. These hard hats are used by utility workers who are commonly exposed to high voltage environments on a daily basis.
  • C (Conductive) – zero protection against electrical hazards

reverse donning hard hat

Hard hats marked with a “reverse donning arrow” can be worn frontward or backward in accordance with the manufacturer’s wearing instructions.
They pass all hard hat testing requirements, whether worn frontward or backward.

Hard Hat Do’s and Don’ts

hard hat stickers

  • The hat should fit snugly without being too tight.
  • You should clean and inspect your hard hat regularly according to the manufacturer’s
    instructions.
  • Check the hat for cracks, dents, frayed straps, and dulling of the finish – these conditions can reduce protection.
  • Use only mild soap and water for cleaning – heavy-duty cleaners and other chemicals can damage the hat.
  • Don’t use your hard hat as a locker when you’re wearing it – the space between the inside harness and the top of the hard hat must remain open to protect you.
  • Do not put stickers on your hat (the glue can weaken the helmet) and keep it out of direct sunlight. If you want to express your personality, hard hats come in many colors and can be imprinted with custom designs by the manufacturer.

The Most Comfortable Hard Hats For Electricians

comfortable electrician hard hat
OK, not that comfortable….

Do you want to know what the biggest complaint about hard hats was? COMFORT.

Let’s face it, when your shopping for the best hard hat you’re probably not going to check out the ANSI requirements – you’re looking for comfort and positive reviews.

It’s important to choose one that won’t add unnecessary weight but still provide the safety desired.  The type of work involved should also be considered before choosing the hard hat that suits you best.

When you first started working for your company they probably gave you a hard hat which is great.

But sometimes it’s a chinzy piece of garbage that feels like a Bob the Builder hard hat you’d give your kid to play with.

If it’s not against your company policy, why not get something more comfortable? Typically for less that $20 you can buy a new and more comfortable hard hat.

I used Amazon as the basis for my product research because who doesn’t trust Amazon product reviews? Here are the best hard hats with the highest reviews.

Full Brim Hard Hats

Pyramex Black Full Brim Style 4 Point Ratchet Suspension Hard Hat

pyramex electrician hard hats

Features:

  • Shell constructed from high density polyethylene materials
  • Low profile design
  • Rain trough on side and back of helmet channel moisture away
  • Ratchet suspension is easy to adjust and allows the wearer to modify the fit while wearing hard hat
  • 8 colors available

The soft brow pad is replaceable and washable. It sits relatively low on your head and also has “universal accessory slots” that fit cap mounted ear muffs and chin straps.

You pick this bad boy up for around $13.

 

Fibre-Metal by Honeywell E1RW11A000 Super Eight Full Brim Ratchet Hard Hat, Black

fibre-metal hard hats for electricians

 

The exclusive smooth crown design contains a technically advanced suspension with eight load bearing points to stabilize and balance the hard hat during everyday wear.

On impact, the Super Eight impact energy control system dissipates force by reducing it to smaller increments and spreading it over a greater area.

Features:

  • Fiber Metal Heavy Duty, Roughneck P1 Series injection-molded Fiberglass Full Brim Hard Hat
  • Suspension and a frontal Terry Fabric Sweatband
  • Ratchet suspension

The P1 also comes in a “matte” finish if shiny isn’t your thing. Check it out here.

Asking price around $20

 

MSA 475407 Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat with Fas-Trac Suspension

 

MSA Skullgard electrician hard hats

The Skullgard is designed to offer outstanding protection in hot and dangerous industries. They set the standard for protection in environments such as steel mills and other industrial environments.

Skullgard helmets have been tested to radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to, but not exceeding 350F.

Features:

  • Skullgard helmets have been tested to radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to, but not exceeding, 350F.
  • ANSI/CSA Type I Compliant, Protects from vertical impacts and penetrations
  • ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014 (Class G) Compliant, provides dielectric protection up to 2,200 volts.
  • Equipped with Fast-Trac III ratchet-style suspension for easy fast size adjustment and all day comfort
  • Standard Size, Fits from 6 12″ to 8″

This hard hat is top shelf quality and get ready to pay for it. Personally I’m fine with the two previous options, but this is the #1 Best Seller which means it’s probably worth the money.

This king’s crown retails for around $78.

 

Cap Hard Hats For Electricians

MSA Safety Works 818064 Ratchet Hard Hat

MSA safety works hard hat

This is a basic, durable, lightweight hard hat.

Features:

  • Highly durable
  • Made in the USA
  • Ratchet suspension adjusts size quickly and easily
  • Nylon crown suspension straps fit comfortably
  • Balanced for all day wear

This one sells for around $15

Fibre-Metal Injection Molded Roughneck Fiberglass Hard Hat with 8-point Ratchet Suspension, Black Model: P2A

fibre metal half brim hard hat

Features:

  • ANSI type 1 hard hat
  • Cap class C and G
  • 8-point super eight suspension provides added comfort and impact protection
  • Solid color resin provides a permanent, no-chip and no-peel finish
  • Eight times stronger than common high density polyethylene cap shells

The name says this hard hat is fiberglass but it isn’t – it’s plastic. However, Honeywell created a “proprietary injection-molded fiberglass compound” that is much stronger than the common plastics found in most industrial hard hats.

Currently going for around $24.

 

MSA 475395 Skullgard Protective Cap W/ Fas-Trac III Suspension, Natural Tan, Standard

Skullgard half brim hard hat

The Skullgard Cap is designed to offer outstanding protection in hot and dangerous industries. This hat is ideal for those working in environments such as steel mills and other industrial environments, that don’t require a full brim.

Features:

  • Skullgard helmets have been tested to radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to, but not exceeding, 350F.
  • ANSI/CSA Type I Compliant, Protects from vertical impacts and penetrations
  • ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014 (Class G) Compliant, provides dielectric protection up to 2,200 volts.
  • Equipped with Fast-Trac III ratchet-style suspension for easy fast size adjustment and all day comfort
  • Standard Size, Fits from 6 12″ to 8

Just like it’s big brother, it has a high price point too.

Retails for around $72.

 

Please remember to always take care of yourself at work. Safety isn’t just your employer’s responsibility, it’s your’s too.

Any suggestions for hard hat swag or accessories the rest of us should know about? Leave a comment below.

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