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Classifications of Hard Hats

Hard hats must be able to absorb the shock of blow from falling objects and be
able to resist penetration from sharp objects. The materials of the shell define
their electrical resistance capabilities. Additional characteristics will include the
slow flammability rate and low water absorption of the shell material.

Types of Headwear
Type 1 - protection from impact and penetration at the crown (top)
Type 2 - protection from impact and penetration at the crown (top), and laterally
(sides)

Classes of Headwear
Class B or E in addition to impact and penetration resistance protection,
provides electrical protection from high voltage conductors. Proof tested to
20,000 volts
Class A or G - in addition to impact and penetration resistance protection,
provides electrical protection from low voltage conductors. Proof tested to 2,200
volts
Class C provides impact and penetration resistance protection but does not
provide electrical protection and should not be used around electrical hazards.