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Uses of hard hat stickers

Stickers serve as a means to not only to personalize your hard hat, but are a very effective way to reinforce safety and to communicate important information about your role or the service you provide. Easily visible and brightly colored, stickers range in purpose and style from simple decorations to specially shaped stickers made to adhere to the face shield of job-site helmets. For ultimate effectiveness, it is important to choose sticker options that meet requirements for durability and water resistance as well as those that are wrinkle free.

Not all work sites are the appropriate place for hard hat stickers. For example, some organizations, like the US Forest Service, recommend keeping the use of stickers or decals to a minimum so that it is easier to see if a hard hat has defects or damage and needs to be replaced. The importance of maintaining structural integrity of your hard hat for your safety supersedes personalization and it is crucial to inspect for any potential flaws or defects.

Show Personality
Highly visible on job sites, one of the most popular hard hat stickers is the American flag. Patriotic as well as reflective, these flag stickers increase the visibility of workers and promote a message of solidarity. Got your own style? From bear to jet skis, hard hat stickers are commercially available in variety of custom designs, allowing for virtually unlimited opportunities for job site expression.

Promote Safety
Hard hat stickers have a purpose beyond self-expression ?they can be used reinforce safety on the work site. Reminders that safety is the responsibility of each job site employee, such as "Safety starts with me," help workers stay alert. Accident-free reward stickers can help boost morale while promoting replicas audemars piguetsafety practices. Hard hats have great job site visibility and are the perfect place to display safety reminders or to show off a worker's excellent record of safety. Reflective strips or strips that glow are also very popular for increasing the visibility of workers.

Share information
Perhaps the most important sticker you can put on your hard hat is one that contains your emergency information. This information includes emergency contact info, blood type, medical allergies, and any other information that will be useful in case of a medical emergency. Emergency info stickers are most often placed on the inside of hard hats and covered with lamination to keep them secure and readable.

Hard hat labels can also be used to inform others if you have special training or skills, contributing to ease of communication and job site efficiency. Labels indicating whether you are forklift trained, for instance, serve to make it easy for any crew member to identify you in the event they require your assistance. Even more importantly, highly visible labels identifying CPR trained personnel in a field of lock-out/tag-out technicians could help save a life. On a site crowded with emergency personnel, stickers that identify medics or those trained in hazmat can go a long way to making rescue efforts progress more efficiently. Stickers are available with many types of certifications, from confined spaces training to those that show someone is in training for a skill.

For hard hats that have a face shield, stickers known as rocker stickers are placed on the side of helmets around the pivot point of the face shield and usually display the names or roles of the person wearing the helmet. The placement makes it easy to identify people even if they are under a large fire helmet or in a dark area, even when the face shield is up. Rocker labels are generally applied in pairs, one for each side of the helmet.

Ways to reinforce PPE
On the job site, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is crucial to not only your safety, but to that of your fellow laborers. Your employer is required by law to provide PPE and well as educate staff on how to use it. Each worker, in turn, has a legal obligation to use the PPE provided by their employer and moreover, to use it correctly and consistently to prevent injuries on the job. Accidents may be unpredictable, but gear designed specifically to protect vulnerable body parts, when used correctly, is highly effective in preventing injury and death.

Hard hats are the most commonly used pieces of PPE on the job site and are employed to protect the wearer from falling objects, guard against the potential for electrical shock and provide on-site job designation information. Hard hats have been shown to be extremely effective in helping to prevent injury. Hard hats may be ventilated for work in extreme heat or equipped with lights and communication equipment to further promote safety in dangerous conditions.

Eye protection is another form of PPE that is indispensable on the job. Hazards to the eye may be less obvious ?even the smallest shard or splinter can cause painful and permanent damage. The most basic type of protection against eye damage are safety glasses, which essentially look like a basic pair of sunglasses with clear lenses and provide basic protection against debris. Safety goggles fit tightly to the face, providing more comprehensive eye protection from dust and other small particles. Even more specialized protection includes goggles that protect the eyes from lasers or the intense and harmful light from welding.

As an active job site can be extremely loud, PPE also includes devices to protect a worker's ears and prevent hearing loss. OSHA standards state that workers can endure noise levels of 90 dB (the sound of a lawnmower) for eight hours without requiring hearing protection. However, any level above this will require hearing protection. Workers exposed to constant levels of 115 dB (the level of a loud rock concert) need hearing protection and PPE addressing these needs range from disposable earplugs to the larger, noise canceling ear muffs.

In preventing job site falls, harnesses are the most important PPE you can use. Body harnesses help to distribute the force of the fall throughout the entire body and are the standard for fall protection. Safety belts, which were once a job site must, are no longer used for fall protection because they can result in internal injuries when stopping a fall. OSHA requires fall protection for anyone working at six feet or more off of the ground.

While it would seem counter intuitive, it is unfortunately very common for even the most seasoned laborer to resist consistent and appropriate use of the PPE provided by their employer ?whether it be an issue of convenience, laziness or forgetfulness. A study released by Tufts Medical School points to lack of education as the primary reason workers do not consistently use PPE. Workers who do not fully understand the hazards in the workplace will not adequately protect themselves. Educating workers as to the risks of any job site is crucial to promoting the use of PPE. Recommendations include encouraging and educating laborers to use safety equipment on an individual basis, as well as through group demonstrations. As required by OSHA, employers must make certain that their employees understand by providing instructions and training in foreign languages, by using commonly understood symbols and pictures and by providing recurring awareness training. Hard hat stickers promoting safety, highly visible notices and signage on the site are also effective in promoting PPE use.

Construction hard hats
Rocker stickers like this one go on either side of the hard hat, over the bend where the ears are supposed to fit. This one identifies a chaplain who likely helps to tend to the wounded in a difficult area.
Classic set PPE
This classic set of PPE includes steel-tipped leather boots, gloves, earplugs, goggles and (of course) a yellow hard hat. Using the right PEE can be a struggle, but it's the quickest way to reduce accidents on the job.
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