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One serious blow to the head can leave an otherwise strong and health person permanently brain-damaged or disabled for life. At best, a blow on the head can give you a whopper of a headache. Therefore, it is crucial to protect it from the impact of falling objects, painful bumps and in some cases, from high-voltage electric shock. ANSI approved head protection is generally required when there is "a potential for head injury from falling or moving objects" and where employees' heads are exposed to electricity.
Hard Hats: The American National Standards Institute has established guidelines for helmets, the latest of which is ANSI Z89.1-1986. The standard indicates that the manufacturer's name must be listed inside the helmet, and it must have one of the following ANSI designations:
Hard hats primarily protect from impacts to the top of the head, limit penetration of sharp objects which hit the top of the shell and provide some lateral protection. To be effective, however, helmets must be properly worn. Some workers wear their hard hats backwards, which lessens the protection. If it is worn tilted back on the head, it offers virtually no protection at all.
Hard Hat Care:
Bump Caps: Made of light-weight plastic, bump caps do not protect against serious blows to the head or falling objects and should never be worn in place of hard hats. They are useful, however, when working in cramped spaces where painful bumps, scrapes or cuts to the head are a potential.
Use your head to absorb knowledge--not blows to the head!
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