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The different types & classes of hard hats

A hard hat that’s ‘fit for purpose’ can be a choice of life or death.

Many people are unaware that not all hard hats are created equal. They are designed and produced to suit the specific work environment where the wearer will be exposed.

This makes choosing a hard hat that is ‘fit for purpose’ a critical choice. Hard hats are divided into different types and classes, each designed to offer specific levels of protection:

What & how the different types affect Hard hats.

Type 1: Type 1 hard hats are great for shielding against impacts from above, perfect for protection against objects falling from above, such as hammers or nail guns.

Type 2: Type 2 hard hats are a big step up. They not only cover you from overhead threats but also offer protection from impacts coming from various directions whether it’s the front, back, or sides.

PSA Africa exclusively provides Type 2 Hard Hats to guarantee top-of-head protection and safeguard against lateral impacts.

What & how the different Classes impact Hard hats.

Hard Hats are classified into three separate categories based on their electrical protection capabilities:

Class G (General): Class G hard hats are designed to provide protection against low-voltage electrical conductors up to 2,200 volts. These hard hats are commonly used in the construction and utility industries where there is a risk of electrical hazards.

Class E (Electrical): These hard hats provide increased protection against high-voltage electrical hazards up to 20,000 volts, making them crucial for industries working with high-voltage equipment, power lines. These hard hats ensure safety in environments with elevated electrical risks.

Class C (Conductive): These hard hats do not offer electrical protection and are suitable for environments where electrical hazards are not a concern. They are ideal for general industrial use without electrical risks.

Selecting the correct hard hat tailored to your job’s requirements is essential for ensuring maximum safety. Whether you work in construction, manufacturing, mining, or any other field, choosing the right type and class of hard hat can significantly enhance your protection against potential hazards.

Be a Hero and wear the right Hard Hat. For more information or to explore our selection, feel free to reach out to us at or visit our website to view our full product range.