Hard Hats 101: How To Choose, Use & Maintain Your Gear


Wearing a hard hat is a crucial aspect of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect the head from potential injuries in hazardous workplaces. However, simply wearing a hard hat is not enough to ensure safety. Proper care, replacement, and use are all critical to maximizing the hat's effectiveness.

Hard Hat Care

Proper care of your hard hat will ensure it continues to provide you with the necessary protection. To properly care for your hard hat:

  • Regularly clean the hat to remove any oil, grease, chemicals, and sweat.
  • Clean the hat with mild soap and hot water – washing for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the hat with water and then let it air dry.
  • Always store your hard hat in a clean, dry location out of direct sunlight.
  • Paint, solvents, gasoline, chemicals, or harsh cleaning materials should never be used on the shell.