No matter if you have worked construction in New Jersey for years or just started recently, understanding hard hat safety helps keep you safe. While a common sight on construction sites, hard hats serve a vital purpose for you and your coworkers.

Safety by Design breaks down several hard hat safety requirements. Learn how and when to protect your head while at work.

Know when to wear a hard hat

Do you need to wear a hard hat every second that you are at work? According to OSHA, you should wear a hard hat when working around electrical hazards and there is a risk of your head coming into contact with a hazard, if there is a risk of a falling object hitting you in the head, and when you run the risk of striking your head on a pipe or beam.

Meet OSHA hard hat requirements 

OSHA sets forth specific requirements regarding hard hats. For instance, your hat’s design needs to keep you safe against electrical shock, penetration and impact. Your hat also needs to protect you against hazards and conditions specific to a construction site. Hard hats also require proper testing to ensure that they meet the latest OSHA standards.

Recognize when to replace a hard hat

Just as you should know when to wear a hard hat, you should also know when to replace your hat. Usually, you want to replace your hard hat every five years. Additionally, OSHA recommends that you replace your hat’s safety strap every year. Before donning your hat, get into the habit of visually inspecting it for cracks, dents, and wear and tear.

It is a good idea to not take your hard hat for granted. Knowing the safety rules and regulations regarding this piece of equipment keeps you both compliant and safe.