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How To Check Your Hard Hat

9 Steps to inspect your hard hat and make sure your head is protected

Our Accident & Death Prevention Campaign is here to ensure everyone at ECL adopt and practice our health and safety procedures and stay safe.

Checking your hard hat is fit for purpose before going onto a construction site is crucial. Here are 9 easy steps that take no time at all and could save you from getting injured at work.



Hard hats are an essential part of your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and should be inspected daily to keep them as effective as possible.


Here, we have put together a simple guide to help you make sure that yours stays in top condition.

Keep your hat stored safely

Store your hat somewhere safe at home at room temperature.
Extreme conditions such as cold temperatures, harsh chemicals or high levels of sunlight can jeopardise the structure of your hat.

Check your hats Authenticity

To ensure that you have an authentic piece of hardware, check that your hat has a serial number and CE mark.
The label inside the hat will give you the manufacturer’s recommendations and information on how long you should ideally keep hold of your hat before replacing it.

Inspect its shell

Inspect the shell of the hat both inside and out – but don’t remove any inner lining to do so.
Check for cracks, burns or general wear, and if any of these are present, remove it from service straightaway.

Check the liner

Checking the liner is a very simple, yet very important factor in hard hat inspection. You should look for things like cracks, marks, and missing parts. You can remove the comfort pads to get a better look at potential damage, but you should not remove the liner attached to the shell.

Inspect the webbing (or cradle)

In this step, you will want to check the hard hat’s “cradle,” or webbing. Look for major signs of wear, cuts, burns, or the deformation of plastic pieces within the hard hat. If you notice any of these, remove the hard hat from service.

Examine the headband

Don’t forget to examine the headband as well as all headband attachments. Keep an eye out for extreme signs of wear, deformation, and missing pieces. If it is necessary, remove the foam or comfort pads for a better look.

Make sure the adjustment system works

Now you should check the adjustment system. When examining the adjustment system, you need to make sure it is functioning properly. This would mean that the crank moves in both directions smoothly, and the device is not missing any pieces.

Check the chin strap

Check the chin strap to make sure all the pieces are there and that they lock properly. You can check this by clipping the clasps together then lightly pulling to make sure they do not pull apart. You will also need to make sure all the straps are free from wear and damage and that the plastic clasps don’t have any breaks or cracks. If damage is present, it is unusable.

Inspect the comfort foam

If the foam is damaged, it should be replaced. But if the material is just dirty (or crusty), it might just need a wash.

Remember to inspect your hard hat every single day before you start work. It is essential for your safety at work. It only takes a second for an accident to happen which could potentially be fatal, and a hard hat is a solid line of defence if an incident does occur.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your hat, make sure you speak to your Manager or Site Supervisor.

Your head will thank you for it.


9 Steps to inspect your hard hat and make sure it will protect your head.

  1. Keep your hat stored safely

  2. Check your hats Authenticity

  3. Inspect its shell

  4. Check the liner

  5. Inspect the webbing (or cradle)

  6. Examine the headband

  7. Make sure the adjustment system works

  8. Check the chin strap

  9. Inspect the comfort foam


Want to find out more about ECL’s Accident & Death Prevention Campaign?

Construction sites are constantly changing highly hazardous and potentially risk-riddled environments. Here at ECL, we recognise that we must continually educate our people to ensure they remain safe at all times.

Our Accident & Death Prevention Campaign is ongoing to maintain a top-down buy-in mentality is firmly in place so that all adopt and practice our health and safety procedures. 

We are dedicated to safeguarding our team and the communities we serve.

To learn more about our accident & death prevention initiatives, check out the links below.

ECL Civil Engineering Accident Prevention Campaign

ECL Christmas Word Search Competition

Top 11 Safety Hazards in Construction

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