All Head Protection must be tested to the relevant European Safety standards and must be CE marked. It is more than head knowledge – Act now and keep within the law.

EN812 Bump Caps

This provides protection to the wearer against the effects of
striking head/scalp against hard or sharp stationary objects.
EN397 requires helmets to be tested for;

  • Shock absorbtion
  • Resistance to Penetration
  • Flame resistance
  • Chinstrap Anchorage

These are a minimum requirements and all our helmets undergo
further tests to cover;

  • Electric ARC
  • Molten Metal

Helmet Lifetime Recommendations

A safety helmet’s ‘safe to use’ age is dependent upon on a number of variable factors that must be assessed by the user through regular inspection. The data clock located on the peak of a helmet shell is purely an indication of when the shell was manufactured, and does not accurately indicate what time period a safety helmet remains safe to use. The most important and relevant date to record in terms of safety is the date of first use and this should always be written immediately on the label provided in the back of the helmet. A number of different factors reduce a safety helmet’s lifetime;

  • Impacts and abrasions
  • UV Light exposure
  • Chemical exposure
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Molten Metal splash
  • Electric ARC flash

Users must regularly inspect and maintain their safety helmet, when determining when to replace their safety helmet. Skanwear recommends a maximum ‘in use’ lifetime of between 2 and 5 years from the date of first use.