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Why OSHA Made the Switch from Hard Hats to Safety Helmets


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7/11/24 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CDT

Event Description

Recently, OSHA announced that it’s requiring its employees to use safety helmets instead of hard hats. This move reflects a larger shift throughout the industry in terms of head protection.

Type I hard hats, designed to protect workers from blows directly to the top of the head, are increasingly being phased out for Type II. While Type I hard hats protect against certain impacts, Type II safety helmets are intended to protect workers from lateral impacts to the front, back, side and top of the head. Type II safety helmets are designed to provide an additional layer of protection, but it’s important to note that no current testing standard for safety helmets requires testing for rotational motion. This is critical, as rotational motion is one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury.

During this webinar, Joe Brandel will discuss the industry’s current shift to Type II helmets from Type I hard hats, what to know about rotational motion and its role in TBIs.


Joe Brandel Joe Brandel, Business Development Manager for North America Industrial Safety Market, Mips

Joe serves as business development manager for North America industrial safety market at Mips, a market leader in helmet-based safety. He has been in the construction and industrial safety business for more than 20 years. Specializing in head protection, hand protection, fall protection and other personal protective equipment, Joe has provided training for large and small companies throughout the Midwest. He’s also provided solutions for a variety of industries, which not only has helped reduce costs but, most importantly, created safer work environments for employees.


Barry BottinoBarry Bottino, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.

Barry is associate editor of Safety+Health and serves as co-host of the magazine’s “On the Safe Side” podcast.