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Hard Hats: Safety Behind What Each Colour Means

 Why are Hard Hats important for safety on a work site?Hard hats are an essential piece of a workwear uniform to maintain safety on a workforce. They are designed to protect the head against falling objects and the side of the head, eyes, and neck from any impacts, bumps, scrapes, and electrical exposure. Wearing a hard hat is a mandatory requirement and employers should make it priority that all their employees are supplied with one. It is an essential requirement that employers ensure they are worn at all time on the job site. Hundreds of workers around the world suffer from fatal head injuries every year which is why hard hats are crucial features of worksite safety.

What does each colour mean?

Hard hats come in a number of different colours. This is not for aesthetic reasons but for safety and so managers on a worksite can identify those within it. The construction organisation Build UK are responsible for bringing workers from across the building industry together. Focusing on key issues which the industry faces, they represent over 40% of the UK’s construction trade. They also work alongside Trade Associations, Contractors and clients to deliver economically viable construction projects all over the country.

The colour coding system for hard hats helps improve onsite communication and aids in identifying visitors and supervisors as well as allowing them to identify workers within the site. All helmets deployed on work sites must conform to BS EN 397.

Hard hat colour coding system

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The new system is as follows:

Black – Supervisors
White – Site manager/competent operative/vehicle marshall
Orange – Slinger/Signaller
Blue – Miscellaneous staff/site visitors


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