Head injuries account for a large proportion of accidents in industrial workplaces, highlighting the importance of protective headgear. The vast range of products from 3M are designed to improve safety on the job and reduce the chance of head injuries.

Head injuries can often occur when a worker falls from scaffolding, ladders, roofs and chimneys. Another cause is materials falling from heights such as cranes, which can be fatal to workers in the vicinity. Workers can even bump their heads into pipes, beams, and other hard objects inflicting damage.

Furthermore, when a worker is injured, they are not able to work which can impact them financially as well as their business.

Protective headgear can make a huge difference by mitigating the risks of these aforementioned hazards, but also protect against electrical hazards, rain, heat, UV and chemical splashes.

In Australia and New Zealand, the standard AS/NZS 1801:1997 specifies the requirements when it comes to protective headgear in the workplace. They outline three different types of protective headgear.

3M™ has several head protection solutions, and the right choice will depend on the purpose. Examples of head protection include bump caps (for bumping the head on stationary objects), hard hats (for impacts and falling) and safety helmets (protection from small falling objects in particular).

In industrial settings, there will also be the prevalence of risk to the face and ears, which is why other protective equipment will comfortably accommodate the chosen headgear. 3M™ have designed their protective equipment to accommodate additional accessories, visor and hearing protection seamlessly. 

To further illustrate their safety mindset, 3M™ have amalgamated other safety features into their headgear with the 3M™ Headgear G500 Combo Industrial.

This boasts a versatile and comfortable solution for wearers who require face and hearing protection, including a high impact polycarbonate visor and Peltor™ Slimline Earmuffs class 4. 

3M™ protective equipment is engineered with the user’s safety and comfort in mind. The suspension is designed to sit lower on the back of the head for a secure and comfortable fit, while the suspension and shell work together to help absorb impact and deflect objects.

The easy adjustment system and lightweight design helps the user stay comfortable and protected on the job without the need to ever remove the protection unless in a safe area.  

Here are the different types

• Type 1 For the general industrial trade

• Type 2 For workplaces that are exposed to constant high heat

• Type 3 For workers involved in bushfire fighting

Key features to look for in head protection

• Will this provide the right level of protection for the purpose?

• Is this comfortable enough to be used for long periods?

• Can other safety equipment be comfortably combined with this?

• Does this meet the AS/NZS 1801:1997 standard?

• Is this from a reputable seller such as Motion?

To learn more about acquiring 3M™ protective equipment, customers are advised to visit a local Motion branch, where an expert will be able to advise on the best protective equipment with maximum safety in mind.