Jorge Castanon, Safety Consultant, FRSA Self Insurers Fund
More than two million disabling work injuries occur every year, 25 percent of which involve the head. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hard hat safety is required in work areas where objects might fall from above, where workers might bump their heads against fixed objects and if there is a possibility of accidental head contact with electrical hazards. Like all personal protective equipment (PPE), OSHA regulations require the use of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) compliant head protection (ANSI Z89.1-2014). OSHA rule (29 C.F.R. 1926.100) states that employers must provide head protection equipment that meets or exceeds the industry consensus standard ANSI Z89.1. Hard hat classification is referred to by their type and class. Read more.