Wearing a safety helmet is a must when working on or above the ground, including those that work construction and other physically strenuous jobs. The helmet is the first line of defense against brain injury. If the person falls from an elevated surface or a piece of equipment or object falls on their head, it could result in head injury, brain damage, and even death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employees to wear hard hats when working on elevated surfaces, such as scaffolding, and when there are flying objects present, including overhanging equipment, debris, and other suspended items. For more information on OSHA regulations, please visit their website to learn about Standard Implementations.
If you decide that your employees need a hard hat while on the job, Petzl remains one of the most respected safety helmet manufacturers in the industry. But these helmets will only be effective if your team wears them properly. As a business owner or manager, you need to make sure these helmets are secured properly before the work begins. If an employee’s helmet is loose or not attached properly, it could result in serious injury. Learn how to adjust your Petzl helmets for a perfect fit every time.
Instructions for Adjusting Your Petzl Helmet
Follow these steps to make sure your Petzl helmet fits properly:
- Loosen the strap to the widest possible setting.
- Put on the helmet so the adjustment strap is in the back and the brim is in the front.
- Tighten the strap until it feels snug and secure.
- Adjust the chinstrap so that it fits around the ear.
- Slide the helmet back so that it covers the top and back of the head.
- Connect the chinstrap. You should hear a “clicking” sound.
- Adjust the chinstrap until it fits securely around the chin. It should feel secure without being painfully tight.
If the helmet is properly secured, there should be minimal movement. Try moving the helmet around to make sure it’s properly attached.
Why Choose Petzl Safety Helmets for Construction?
You have a lot of options when it comes to protecting your employees from head injury, but not all safety helmets are created equal. Poorly made helmets can crack and warp over time. If the helmet is too heavy or comfortable, it could weigh down your employees throughout the day or make them less likely to wear it.
Petzl safety helmets, including the Petzl VERTEX VENT HI-VIZ Helmet A010EA0 and the Petzl STRATO Helmet A020AA0, are designed for maximum comfort. They come with six-point textile suspension systems that conform perfectly to the shape of the person’s head, so you don’t have to worry about an awkward fit or the helmet falling off throughout the day. With a feature known as CENTERFIT, you can adjust two side wheels so that the helmet stays in the right spot. They also come with interchangeable comfort foam, so you can replace the inner foam if it gets worn down over time.
Both helmets also come with DUAL chinstrap, so the helmet can be adjusted for two different work environments: working on elevated surfaces and working on the ground. The high strength setting ensures the helmet won’t fall off during a fall. While the low strength setting limits the risk of strangulation if the helmet snags when working on the ground.
These helmets are made with lightweight materials, including ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), nylon, polycarbonate, high-strength polyester, and polyethylene, for lasting protection. They also feature bright colors, including yellow or orange, which helps increase the visibility of your employees when working in the field.
If you need a safety helmet for construction, manufacturing, or another industry, Petzl is always the best choice. Contact PK Safety today to learn more about these helmets and what makes them so effective in the field.