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| Standard Number:||1926.100(a) ; 1926.100(b) ; 1926.100|
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Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from flying objects, or from electrical shock and [electrical] burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.Section 1926.100(b) provides:
Helmets for the protection of employees against impact and penetration of falling and flying objects shall meet the specifications contained in American National Standards Institute, Z89.1-1969, Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection.1In the July 22, 1992, letter to Mr. Artie Scruggs, OSHA stated:
ANSI only tests and certifies hard hats to be worn with the bill forward [;] hard hats worn with the bill to the rear would not be considered reliable protection and would not meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.100(a) and (b) unless the hard hat manufacturer certifies that this practice meets the ANSI Z89.1-1969 requirements.This continues to be OSHA's interpretation of this standard. Additionally, note that a manufacturer may certify that it would be acceptable to wear the hard hat with the bill to the rear when the hard hat liner is turned/reversed.
|Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
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