The traditional hard hat is the most common head protection found on job sites today. Although inexpensive and readily available, the hard hat has seen few changes and advancements since its design in the 1960s. However, a new category has emerged as the next generation of workplace head protection: the "Safety Helmet."
Job site head protection can be divided into two categories: Type I and Type II. The traditional hard hat, known as "Type I," is comprised of a hard outer shell paired with an adjustable inner suspension system. Type I hard hats are typically offered in three configurations: Class G (General Use), Class E (Electrical), and Class C (Conductive), with each model OSHA-approved and meeting ANSI Z89.1 standards for top-of-head protection.
Type II hard hats, or "Safety Helmets" as the category has become known, represent the next evolution in job site head protection. Type II helmets include advanced features like increased impact protection thanks to an integrated four-point suspension system. A secure chin strap with an easy-release magnetic lock ensures these helmets fit snugly and stay on the head in the event of top, side, front, or rear impacts. Other features such as anti-microbial liner materials and built-in attachment points compatible with a wide range of accessories are how Type II helmets take job site safety to a new level.
Both Types I and II hard hats provide approved job site head protection. However, the advanced technology, safety, and comfort features on Type II Safety Helmets have made them the new benchmark for workplace head protection (think bicycle or snowboard style helmets). As the industry transitions to these more advanced models, look for even more advanced technology to come to the forefront.
Take workplace head protection to the next level with a quality Type II Safety Helmet like those offered by LIFT Safety.
LIFT Safety proudly introduces its new Type II Safety Helmet, the RADIX. With over 35 years of experience, the RADIX takes comfort to the next level thanks to its four-point LUX Suspension system, which guarantees the helmet fits securely on the head.
A magnetic quick-lock, adjustable chinstrap makes the RADIX ideal for working at height or on the ground, and its ventilated outer shell protects against job site impact hazards.
The RADIX even allows one to integrate an ARCLIGHT headlamp, LIFT hearing protection, and multiple other accessories. This is an entirely modular helmet that meets the needs of numerous industries and work environments.
Pro Tip: With many copycat products on the market, choose a safety helmet that meets ANSI Z89.1 Type II certification standards for side, front, and rear impacts.
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