When your head is left unprotected, you are at an increased risk of a serious head injury and, in some cases permanent disability or even death. Properly selecting and wearing head protection can help mitigate this risk, but you must be aware of how to select and wear the proper protection. This course shows employees how to select, maintain and use hardhats.
Each year, there are more than 65,000 head injuries resulting in missed workdays and over 1,000 deaths. Indeed, from falling tools and exposed pipes to swinging crane loads and energized electrical parts, your head can be injured via multiple means. Wearing a hardhat is one of the easiest ways to protect your head, as most employees who have suffered a head injury were not wearing any protection. This course demonstrates the major requirements of effective head protection, including penetration resistance, shock absorption, water resistance, and presentation of clear instruction regarding fit and maintenance.
In a contest between an unprotected head and a falling hammer, the hammer will win every time. One dropped tool could have life-altering consequences; this is why wearing your hardhat is so important. It must fit properly and be correctly maintained, and it must be replaced when necessary to do so. If you ignore the information provided in this training lesson, you are exposing yourself to unnecessary risks. Utilize the materials presented here and protect yourself, and your head, on the job.