Protecting Your Head on the Job

Like safety shoes, eyewear, and hearing protection, head protection is a critical part of your work wardrobe. Head protection is mandatory in any environment where there could be impact to the head, including (but not limited to): falling objects, slips and falls, and bumping against or into objects. Hard hats are the only piece of safety equipment that protect against concussions and skull fractures – two injuries that can have lasting or even lethal effects.

Type 1 Hard Hat

Type 1 Hard Hat yellow

Type 2 Hard Hat

Type 2 Hard Hat Black

There are two different types of hard hats available at Work Authority, Type 1 and Type 2. Both come in a variety of colours, are fully adjustable, and can be worn with or without a sweat band or fleece liner. The main difference between the two different types of hard hats is the type of impacts they are designed to withstand. Type 1 hard hats are designed to protect against impact and penetration at the top (crown) of the head, while type 2 hard hats protect not only the crown but also against lateral impacts and penetration from the sides or back. Work Authority also carries specialty hard hats such as full brim and welding styles.

Once you’ve chosen your hard hat of choice, you’ll want to take care of it – this means not tossing it in the back of a truck or in a trunk and throwing other tools on top of it. You don’t want to expose your hard hat to UV light by leaving it the back window of your car either- the heat and UV rays can degrade the plastic, making it brittle and more likely to shatter on impact. Inspect your hard hat every time you put it on your head – any cracks, abrasions, or dents mean it’s time to replace. Your hard hat is your first line of defence, so take the time to pick the right one and take care of it so it can take care of your head.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.