March 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #56: Hat check time

Tip of the Week

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.

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