Every month our Product Experts offer top product picks for a given category. This month we select our favorites for hard hats because they are some of our most popular head protection products that are vital for workplace safety.
Petzl Alveo – the most comfortable, light, best-looking helmet on the market (in our opinion). The best-looking one keeps you nice and cool too.
Petzl Vertex Vent – More durable than the Alveo but not quite as comfortable. If you don’t want to replace your helmet after every little impact, this is a top pick for you!
PIP 280-EV6151V – Simple, basic hard hat. Reasonably comfortable and gets the job done. If you frequently loose your things, this is a great option (because it’s inexpensive to replace).
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If you have questions or need help finding the head protection equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Anyone climbing outdoors or indoors, for work or for fun, needs a helmet. A helmet or a hard hat should be considered a fundamental part of PPE. Why? Direct head trauma from a height of about 10 feet is sufficient to cause permanent brain damage or even death. Accidents while working at heights happen all the time: climbers can fall or bump into equipment at heights, drop equipment, rocks fall, massive plumes of snow or ice can appear out of nowhere. Check out the reported accidents database, you will be surprised, as these reports prove that care and attention are necessary even on the seemingly easy ground.
What should you be looking for in a helmet? Focus on these characteristics: foam types (EPP or EPS), ventilation, weight, comfort, sizing, adjustability, and headlamp compatibility.
Need a headlamp? Today most helmets provide headlamp compatibility. Some helmets have removable headlamp clips which save you weight when you unclip them. However, constant clipping-on/unclipping might decrease the lifespan of your helmet.
VERTEX Best: Why We Recommend It
Of all the helmets we sell at PK Safety, this one is one of the most popular options for safety. Petzl has engineered this helmet for comfort as well as safety, and they have always been at the top of the industry in terms of intelligent design.
This helmet is used by cellular and wind energy technicians, tower climbers, rescue workers and many people working in industrial production facilities where climbing for maintenance is required, such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, petrochemical and gas production facilities. It has a smart fit adjustment system that keeps the user’s head centered in the helmet. The fit-adjustment wheel can be easily used even without removing gloves. Complete accessorization includes optional VIZIR face shield, PIXA headlamps, or headlamps with elastic bands that can be attached directly to the helmet.
Because it does not have side vents, the VERTEX BEST helmet can get warm while you are doing some types of work in a warm environment. If your work allows you to have a ventilated helmet, the VERTEX VENT is recommended.
VERTEX Vent: Why We Recommend It
This helmet is well-ventilated, with optional shutters to give you a certain degree of control in various weather conditions. It meets the requirements of the EN 397 and EN 12492 standards for protection against impact, as well the requirements of the EN 397 standard for lateral deformation and the use in low temperatures. The VERTEX VENT Helmet is ideal for rope access, confined spaces, technical, on-site, rescue jobs, framing, roofing, and tree care.
Watch this video to compare pros and cons of wearing these two styles of helmets.
Sale alert: Some Petzl items will go on sale in April. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get high-quality safety equipment for less! The details will be in our next blog post.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics report that the majority of workers who have suffered from head injuries were performing routine jobs, yet most of the workers were not wearing any form of head protection equipment. Wearing head protection is the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself from injuries. However, statistics don’t affect us, people do! So here is a real story.
The story of a lifelong rock climber Laura Bylund is powerful. She is an Outdoor Education and Rope Rigging Professional, a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association, an NFPA-certified Rope Rescue Technician through Peak Rescue Institute, and a Course Provider for the Climbing Wall Instructor program with the Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association. She remembers that even though she started to learn rock climbing at a very young age and was trained by her father, she was not wearing any head protection. As a teenager, she realized that wearing a helmet is a must if you want to do rock climbing and stay alive. “I remember the top of my backpack catching a rock the size of a baseball, and after that, I was sold!” she says.
Now Laura enjoys wearing the light (and well-fitted for her small size) KASK Plasma helmet. She confirms that it is the most comfortable helmet that she has ever worn. No wonder, since it’s ergonomic turn-style knob allows the helmet to be easily adjusted with one hand. Another benefit of this helmet is that it provides enough room for long hair, making the helmet especially suitable for women. Laura says: “Just as seat belts in cars have proven to save lives, helmets are statistically championing the prevention of brain damage and death. In the words of my boss, they are simply “cheap insurance.” Even old timers … are jumping on the brain bucket bandwagon. I guess if you spend enough time dodging bullets, you get wise.”
Read Laura’s full story on the CMC Rescue Blog.
Not convinced yet? Check out these Crash Stories where other people have been grateful to their helmets for saving their lives.
The newest evolution in helmets – Kask Super Plasma Helmet – is specifically designed for work-at-height and rescue applications. It is compact, lightweight, comfortable, well-ventilated with 10 air intakes, and equipped with aluminum anti-intrusion grills to protect against debris and water. The helmet’s outer shell is designed to withstand significant impact. The four fastening points of the chinstrap are engineered to eliminate the risk of helmet loss in case of an impact during a fall. This helmet works perfectly with the SUNBRERO™ to block the sun and rain from your face, ears, and the back of your neck.
OSHA Standard 1910.135 states that “the employer shall ensure that each affected employee wears a protective helmet when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects.” Workplace occupational health and safety is an obligation that must not be ignored.
If you are looking for an incredibly comfortable and quality helmet, Kask designs some of the best in the industry. PK Safety now carries Kask helmets in addition to other innovative, high-quality fall safety and rescue equipment.
It’s amazing how inventive people are when it comes to modifying and repurposing old things to be used as head protection. As safety gear evolves over time, employers must be constantly checking what equipment their workers are using to make sure it meets the standards set by OSHA. Although there are some examples of modified protective gear that claim to offer better protection than original products, allowing the use of non-standard gear for workers’ protection could result in injuries. It is the employers’ responsibility to provide proper safety equipment to their workers.
Proper PPE and technical equipment is especially important during rescue operations. Planning for a rescue of a victim requires several components, with safety being the utmost priority. Wherever there is a potential danger of a fall, falling objects, or injury in water, you need a helmet. Certified to major standards, Pacific helmets offer reliable head protection. These helmets are specifically designed for rescue operations. With an adjustable ratchet headband system, comfortable padding, and stylish shell design, these are the helmets that workers will want to wear. Here are the unique features that these hats offer: customization to specific requirements and preferences to suit various applications, durability, light weight, superior UV, heat and chemical resistance, a 6-point ribbon suspension harness, made from premium materials, and high quality paint finish is available in red, white, blue, and yellow colors.
The ANSI Z89.1 compliant Pacific R5 Rescue Helmet With ESS Goggle Mounts 854-602 is ideal for those working in hot conditions. Made of a DuPont™ Kevlar® composite shell with unique resins, this helmet can withstand temperatures of up to 600° F with no deformation. The scallop-sided shell allows for easy earmuff accommodation. The ratchet headband with a 3-point polyester chin strap and a quick-release buckle keeps the helmet in place for a wide range of applications that include: wildland, rope rescue, high angle, windfield, arborists, EMTs, cave rescue, and window washing. For more details, check out the product manual.
Certified for NFPA 1951 and EN443, the Pacific R3V4 Rescue Helmet With Retractable Eye Protector 804-340 meets ANSI Z89.1 standards for safety. This helmet features a flip-down eye protector, an outer Kevlar® composite shell with a polyurethane impact liner inside, and an adjustable mesh cradle with a grain leather sweatband for comfort. It is a universal, one-size-fits-most helmet for a wide range of hat sizes (6 3/4 – 8). Applications include: search and rescue, collapse rescue, auto extrication, and technical rescue. For more information, check out the product specifications sheet.
The Pacific R5SL Utility Rescue Helmet With ESS Goggle Mounts 856-632 has all the main features of the Pacific rescue helmets product line and meets NFPA 1951, EN443 and ANSI Z89.1 standards. With its unique ratcheting headband with merino padding for fit and comfort and built-in ESS goggle mounts, it is perfectly suited for light-duty USAR, rope rescue, and wildland. Product brochure is available here: Rescue Helmet R5SL.
The Pacific R7H Water Rescue Helmet With ESS Goggle Mounts 815-32 is one of the best helmets for water rescue, collapse rescue, auto extrication, technical rescue, and window washing. Key features include: a 2-point chin strap with a quick-release buckle that keeps the helmet secure, ESS goggle mounts, a 4-point nylon webbing cradle system for optimal comfort, and removable rubber plugs to keep water out and to ventilate the helmet.
Workplace occupational health and safety is an obligation that must not be ignored. PK Safety Supply is where safety matters. If you have questions or need help finding the right protection equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is seldom comfortable. Typically workers would rather not be bothered. That’s one reason OSHA mandates compliance for certain workers. At height workers require not only fall protection, but many need head protection as well. Traditional hard hats can feel like having an oven on your head. Especially while working in the heat and sun.
Luckily there is the Vertex Vent from Petzl. The Petzl Vent helmet, as the name suggests, features adjustable openings on either side to control the amount of air let in, and heat let out. By allowing heat to escape, this is an OSHA-compliant piece of PPE that hasn’t forgotten that it needs to be comfortable all day long. For workers carrying loads, or working under other workers where items could be dropped, a helmet with a sturdy chin strap is an important part of the safety program.
Comfort is key for workers who have demanding work at height. The Vertex Vent weighs only 12 oz. and the chin strap is extremely sturdy. Often what happens in the field is a fall will dislodge the hard hat from a worker who doesn’t have it strapped on. It might hang in there for the first bang, but often tumbles away, no use to anyone, for the second (third? fourth?) impact.
For workers who are serious about their equipment, the Petzl Vent is an excellent all-weather choice for head protection. If work requires night or early morning hours, the Petzl Vent comes standard with a spot to click in a Petzl Pixa Headlamp. That light, combined with an ultra-comfortable fit and chin strap will keep whatever you are facing illuminated without your needing to try to rig a light or attach an elastic band and headlamp to a rounded helmet.
Day or night, summer or winter, the Petzl Vertex Vent helmet literally has you covered. Because of the vents, this helmet is not rated for molten metal or chemical splash, but for just about everything else, it’s an ideal form of PPE for your noggin.
If you have questions about OSHA-required PPE, we are what is known as “experts.” Please feel free to contact us online at www.pksafety.com or give us a call at 800-829-9580 Monday through Friday, 7am – 5pm PST. As always, thanks for reading!
Whether you are an arborist, cell tower hand, tower dog, wind energy tech, or you just love Petzl products for recreational climbing, take a look at our Petzl 20% Off Sale going on through . We’re happy to be offering 20% off our entire line of Petzl products including harnesses, helmets, and hardware.
Our customers sum up our feelings about the Petzl products perfectly. Patrick from St. Louis Missouri says the Petzl GRIGRI 2 belay device is “a must-have. I trust it with my life!” We agree with Patrick – this equipment is designed to be used in real-life situations and has been rigorously tested in every imaginable way. Almost all of the items on our site are from the Petzl Pro series which means they meet or more often exceed OSHA requirements and the even higher ANSI Z359 fall safety standards.
Rope access equipment is used by rescue and confined space access professionals on a daily basis. We keep all the Petzl products on our site in stock including 200 ft. lengths of the Petzl Vector Rope. That means items ship the same day you order as long as you get your order to us before 4pm PST.
If you need to update your rope access kit, shop now. The Petzl Sale can’t last forever. Petzl climbing and belaying gear is designed to offer practical, easy-to-deploy solution for accessing some of the world’s most inaccessible locations, day or night.
If you have questions about rope access equipment, the specific capabilities and standards met by this gear, or you need help putting together a confined space access kit, please give us a ring, or contact us online at www.pksafety.com.