Hat check time

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Hard Hats And Head Protection and other Safety Products topics.

When do I replace a hard hat?

Hat check time

What with work, weather, and every day use, a hard hat can get old before its time. You'll know when it is time to get a new hard hat when:

• Cracks appear in the shell.
• Shiny surface appears dull or chalky.
• Shell becomes brittle.

While you're at it, check your suspension. You'll know when you need a fresh one if:

• The suspensions become brittle
• One or more of the mounts break off
• The suspension will no longer hold securely to the head
• The cradling straps break or become worn

It is generally a good idea to inspect your hard hat before and after each use. Although there is no set service life for hard hats, manufacturers recommend replacement after no more than 5 years.



6/16/2011 5:32:33 PM
Jean Morel said:

I am pleased to read that the hats are good for at least 5 years but I was told that North claims that hats need only be replaced if they are compromised in any way.

Please clarify


URL: (optional)


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Safety Products Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Jerry Mayo