Head injuries accounted for 24% of reported fatal injuries in UK workplaces in 2019-20*, highlighting the serious consequences that injuries to the head can have, and emphasising the importance of selecting high-quality PPE to combat risks on site.
As leaders in supplying high-quality safety and PPE products to the construction industry, we’re working with the leading head protection supplier JSP, who are committed to protecting workforces around the world. JSP safety helmets are designed, manufactured, and tested to the highest standards. The BSI Kitemark™ scheme for head protection provides assurance of the rigorous production and testing controls in place for each batch of helmets and bump caps.
JSP helmets offer access to detailed information for traceability, enabling users to pinpoint the exact time and location of production to verify authenticity and performance.
The BSI Kitemark
The prestigious and globally recognised BSI Kitemark™ is a symbol of quality, integrity, and safety, demonstrating that products are in conformity with the applicable specifications at all times.
Through product testing and assessment of factory production controls, a Kitemark™ provides assurance that products are manufactured to a consistently high standard.
By ensuring your PPE has the BSI Kitemark™ you’ll have the confidence they'll perform effectively and efficiently every time. The BSI Kitemark lets procurement managers be certain that they have invested in the very best products offering user-friendly, high protection that lasts.
Understanding Safety Helmet Markings
Is the accepted standard for high performance industrial safety helmets. standard is intended for high performance industrial safety helmets. Like all head protection standards, safety helmets need to have a list of specifications on the helmet.
Here is a list of those specifications:
- Year of manufacture
- Mass of helmet
- Descriptive label
- If chinstrap is supplied
- Low temperature limit
- High temperature limit
- Electrical insulation
- Resistance to radiant heat
- Molten metal splash resistance
All JSP helmets include this and more. Find out more with our PDF Guide to JSP Head Protection.
Personal Protective Equipment must be certified
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be certified under the PPE Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/425), which is most often achieved through conformity with one or more European (EN) standards.
EN14052 - High Performance Industrial Safety Helmets
These helmets are typically used in demolition and other heavy industry. The specification includes side impact protection. Penetration testing is also required with a ‘blade’ striker being dropped from 2.5m on to the top of the helmet and on to the side of the helmet from 2m. The high performance helmet standard also includes optional requirements such as molten metal resistance, electrical properties, and resistance to radiant heat.
EN50365 - Electrical Insulation for Industrial Safety Helmets
An additional standard for helmets used for working live installations up to 1000V. Testing is carried out at voltages of 10,000V. The EN50365 standard is marked on the helmet with a label showing the ‘double triangle’ symbol and the class of the helmet. This standard requires that insulating helmets fulfil the requirements of either EN 397, Industrial Safety Helmets or EN 443, Helmets for Fire Fighting.
EN397 - Industrial Safety Helmets
This standard goes back over 50 years, with impact and penetration testing carried out to the top of the helmet. There is no side impact test in this standard only a lateral rigidity test, which is a slow, progressive force loading, followed by measurement of any deformation. Additionally, the standard includes other options such as molten metal resistance and 440V electrical insulation. EN 397 does not include a mandatory requirement for chin straps.
EN812 – Industrial Bump Caps
This standard requires the cap to be impacted four times by a 5kg flat steel striker. Penetration testing is carried out, ensuring that the striker does not contact the head form. A bump cap is intended to provide protection against bumps and scrapes to the head, it should not be used where falling or thrown objects are likely and should not be selected for use where a safety helmet is specified.
Helmets and Protective Workwear for Construction Workers
Bryson stocks a wide range of durable PPE and workwear products designed to protect construction workers on site. We provide safety helmets, ear and eye protection, masks, gloves, high-visibility clothing and safety footwear.
We also offer custom branding services, so you can have your logo printed onto your PPE according to safety standards.
View our line of safety helmets online today.
*RIDDOR reported fatal and non-fatal injuries in Great Britain by site of injury, 2019-2020