Updated ANSI/ISEA Industrial Head Protection Standard is Approved

Feb. 12, 2009
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recently received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for an updated industrial head protection standard, which includes criteria for high-visibility equipment and top-of-head protection.

ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009, American National Standard for Head Protection, was prepared by the members of ISEA’s Head Protection Group and a consensus panel of users, test labs and government agencies as a revision to the 2003 edition. Key updates in this version include optional testing and marking features for head protection devices that reflect end-user preferences, particularly specific testing parameters and marking for products that have high-visibility properties.

“Given the focus that has been placed on worker visibility in recent times, it seemed logical to include high-visibility criteria for head protection devices,” said Christine Z. Fargo, ISEA manager of standards programs. “Hard hats continue to be one of the more popular PPE items in the workplace where both visibility and top of the head protection is needed. Including both criteria gives the end-user another tool for added protection.”

In addition, the revised standard includes criteria for products that can be worn in the reverse position, which is preferred when performing some applications such as welding. “While earlier versions of the standard never addressed the issue, manufacturers are continually asked whether their products can be worn backwards and still provide protection,” said Fargo. “Including a detailed protocol for reverse-wear will allow compliant products to be marked in a manner that is easily identifiable to the end-user.”

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