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EN standards - Safety Helmets

The traditional safety helmet is generally covered by EN397:2012 which outlines the properties of the helmet and also how it is marked. This should include such details as the manufacturer, date of manufacture, size range and the shell material. A new helmet will also contain additional information on correct usage, adjustments etc. in the form of a User Information Sheet.

More specialised helmets may also carry additional markings and a summary is included below.

EN 397:2012 Industrial Safety Helmets should be marked on the shell.
EN 397:1995

  • Standard number, maker and model identification. 
  • Size or size range (cm) (on both shell and harness).
  • Year and quarter (or month) of manufacture.
  • Informative label with specified wording.
  • Shell material, eg ABS, PC, HDPE etc.

Optional Markings

  • -20 C or -30 C - tested at very low temperature.
  • +150 C - tested at high temperature
  • 440 V a.c. - tested for electrical insulation
  • LD - tested for lateral deformation
  • MM - resists molten metal splash

Please Note
The helmet must have attachment points for a chinstrap EN standards

Industrial bump caps

While sometimes incorrectly described as safety helmets this type of protection is very different in the levels of protection offered and conforms to a different standard, EN2012.

While some styles can look similar to safety helmets, the most popular styles resemble a baseball cap. These are popular as they can be embroidered with company names and logos and are more comfortable to wear than safety helmets. Whilst popular, bump caps offer virtually NO Protection against falling objects and should not be used where there is any risk of being hit by falling items. They can be useful however, if a worker is likely to bump their head on static objects and to promote company identity.

EN 812:2012 Industrial Bump Caps should be marked.
EN 812:1998

  • Standard number, maker and model identification.
  • Size or size range (cm) (on both shell and if fitted, harness).
  • Year and quarter (or month) of manufacture.
  • Informative label with specified wording.
  • -20 C or -30 C - tested at very low temperature.

Optional Markings

  • F  resistant to flame
  • 440 V a.c.   tested for electrical insulation
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