If you think the OSHA regulations only require affected employees to wear hardhats on large- scale construction sites, think again. The standards require affected employees to wear an approved hardhat ANYWHERE they are exposed to falling objects, as well as when a worker is exposed to contact with an electrical current.

Here is an overview of some of the different types of jobs and hazards that could require the use of hardhats: 

  • Working in areas where materials are handled or transported overhead that may fall, such as:
  • working beneath a co-worker who is handling tools or materials on a ladder;
  •  working beneath or near a scaffold or overhead platform where materials or  tools are being used;
  • working in areas where others are performing tasks on a roof, elevated floor, or
  • other overhead area;
  • working beneath conveyors;
  • working near tractors or similar equipment that transport soil, rocks or gravel;
  • working in a trench or other excavation;
  • working inside a confined space (such as a tank or utility vault) with overhead access.
  • Working near areas where you may make inadvertent contact with electrical current, such as:
  • performing electrical work on or near energized parts;
  • working near overhead electrical lines;
  • working inside electrical utility vaults.