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OSHA Approved Hard Hats & Requirements 

All OSHA approved hard hats are required to meet two governing standards from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and come equipped with proper labels that detail important specs and safety information. 

  • OSHA 1910.135: hard hats must comply with ANSI Z89.1-2009 that states all industrial helmets must meet standard performance and testing requirements for lateral impact and top impact. 
  • OSHA 1926.100: hard hats must comply with ANSI Z89.1-2009 that states all industrial helmets must provide protection from high-voltage electric shock and burns. 
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA): all hard hats must include labels that list Manufacturer, Model, Type, Class, Reverse Orientation Mark, Manufacture Date, Size/Size Range and User Warnings.

Hard Hat Types 

There are two hard hat types as defined by ANSI Z89.1-2009. Each type is graded to protect construction workers from impacts to head in different locations. 

  • Type 1 hard hats are tested to reduce the impact from a blow to the top of the head. 
    CSA: Helmet protects the crown of the head only. 
  • Type 2 hard hats are tested to reduce the impact from a blow to the top, back and sides of head. 
    CSA: Helmets protect against blows to the crown and or/laterally to the head.

Hard Hat Classes

All hard hats have been divided into three classifications as defined by ANSI Z89.1-2009. Each class is graded to protect laborers from different levels of electrical shock and burns. 

  • Class E (electrical) hard hats are tested to withstand 20,000 volts and they provide the greatest protection against electrical shock and burns. 
  • Class G (general) hard hats are tested at 2,200 volts and they reduce exposure to low voltage conductors.
  • Class C (conductive) hard hats provide no electrical protection and are not meant to be worn in areas where electrical hazards are present.

For other Safety Tips and Regulations, Visit: Sun Damage, Expiration & Manufactured Dates, & more about Ratings

Hard Hats Type Class
V-Gard® (MSA): Full Brim or Standard I E
Advance Cap® (MSA) I C
Skullgard® (MSA) I G
Omega II (ERB Industries): Full Brim or Standard I E, G, & C
Liberty (ERB Industries) I E, G, & C
Americana (ERB Industries) I E, G, & C
Fibre-Metal®  I E
Cowboy I E & G
Freedom Series™ (MSA) I E

These hard hats are great for Construction, Electrical, Telecommunication, and Oil Field workers.

All hard hats meet or exceed the applicable requirements for Type I helmet (top impact) as outlined in ANSI Z89.1 2009 and meet or exceed OSHA requirements, with the exception of the Bump Cap.

Western Outlaw™, and Fas-Trac™ are registered trademarks of American Allsafe Company - Irving, TX.

Advance Cap®, Freedom Series™, Skullgard®, and V-Gard® are registered trademarks of Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) - Pennsylvania.

Fibre-Metal® is a registered trademark of the Fibre-Metal Products Company - Concordville, PA.