In this episode Terry Gorman, 3M’s Occupational Hygienist for the Personal Safety Division in Australia and New Zealand joins us to discuss head protection.
Head protection refers to an item of PPE known as a hard hat used to protect the skull and its fragile contents, the brain. The hard hat is predominantly used by those who work on busy construction sites and other industrial settings where there is a potential for head injuries from falling, flying or swinging objects, nearby overhead hazards, possible contact with electrical hazards and so much more.
Terry Gorman (pictured left) is a Certified Occupational Hygienist who has been involved in workplace safety for nearly 30 years. He has worked for 3M Australia and New Zealand in the Personal Safety Division for 18 years.
Terry is a current member of the Australian/New Zealand Standard Committees responsible for respiratory protection (AS/NZS 1715 & 1716) as well as the Eye/Face Protection Standards Committee (AS/NZS 1337 & 1338).
He currently represents Standards Australia on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Committee TC94/SC15, a team of international specialists creating a set of global respiratory standards.
In this episode, Mark & Terry discuss the following:
In Australia and New Zealand, the AS/NZS 1801:1998 standard stipulates that you must wear a protective helmet when there is a risk of being hit on the head by falling objects, or from collisions with fixed objects in building and construction, quarrying, shipbuilding, forestry, and other occupations with similar hazards. Although hard hats look like a simple piece of moulded plastic, there are regulations in place that specify the construction and materials of the shell and head harness, mechanical strength, finish and the industry classification of the different types available. Not all hard hats are created equally, tune in as we cover the topic of head protection, from selection, through to use and maintenance.
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