Construction helmet service life

How do you know when your construction helmet needs replacing?

A construction helmet is an important safety tool for anyone working in construction or other industries where there is a risk of head injury. It is therefore essential that a construction helmet is in good condition and complies with safety standards. But what is the service life of a construction helmet and when is it time to replace a construction helmet?

In most cases, the service life of a hard hat about three to five years are. However, this depends on several factors, such as how intensive the helmet is used, how the helmet is saved when not in use, and how good he is maintained

Moreover, the service life of a construction helmet also depends on the brand and the model. Investing is quality also positively affects the service life of a construction helmet.

So a construction helmet goes on average so last up to five years. Like all PPE (personal protective equipment), helmets can show wear over time. This can result in less protection for the head. We therefore strongly recommend replacing a construction helmet when it reaches the end of its service life.

How do you know when it's time to replace your construction helmet?

There are a number of factors that can lead to having to buy a new construction helmet:

  • External damage;
  • Ageing;
  • Lost or stolen.

External damage

If a construction helmet has suffered visible damage, such as scratch, dents or cracks, it is most likely time to replace the construction helmet with a new one. This damage can affect the helmet's protective ability.


A construction helmet has an average service life of about three to five years. If the helmet is that old (or even older), it is high time for replacement.

Lost or stolen:

Is a construction helmet lost or stolen? Then arrange for immediate replacement. Arrange this even before you start work, as you should always wear a helmet when working in an environment where there is a risk of head injury.

Construction helmet life; these factors are of invlied

Most construction helmets are made of hard plastic or plastic. If a helmet is exposed to hard knocks or falls too often, its fabric value may decrease. This makes the helmet less effective in protecting the wearer.


Moreover, the lifespan can also be reduced if the construction helmet is not stored properly when not in use. 

Exposing a helmet to extreme temperatures or humidity can lead to damage and reduced lifespan. We therefore recommend storing the helmet in a dry, dark and cool place.


Keep the helmet clean. But take care; do not use solvents or abrasives when doing so. Can you no longer get your hard hat clean? Then that is a sign that the helmet needs replacing.

Summary; The service life of a construction helmet depends on several factors. Such as how the helmet is handled, how it is maintained and how it is stored when the construction helmet is not in use.

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Construction helmet standards

Safety standards for construction helmets are there to protect the user from potential hazards. It is therefore important to ensure that a construction helmet meets at least the following standards:

  • EN 397
  • EN 50365
  • EN 812

EN 397 standard

The most important safety standard for a construction helmet is the EN 397 standard. This standard defines the minimum strength requirements of a construction helmet and is about how well the helmet protects against falling hazards and falling objects.

EN 50365 standard

In addition, a construction helmet must comply with the EN 50365 standard, which specifies the electrical conductivity of a construction helmet determines. 

A construction helmet should prevent electricity from flowing to the head when working with electricity.

EN 812 standard

Furthermore, a construction helmet must comply with the EN 812 standard, which specifies the shape and dimensions of a construction helmet determines. 

This standard ensures that a construction helmet is comfortable to wear and fits snugly on the head to provide optimal protection.

Finally, a construction helmet should be checked regularly for damages or wear and tear. If a construction helmet is damaged or no longer meets safety standards, it should be replaced.

Choose the right construction helmet!

Selecting a good construction helmet is very important. This is because there is a lot of difference between different types of construction helmets. 

Of course in quality, which mainly determines the service life of the construction helmet. But there are also different types of helmets for different working conditions.

So get advice from a PPE expert. One of our advisers will be happy to assist you. You can reach us via or via +31 184 43 44 55.

About Wijngaarden VeiligGoed

Wijngaarden VeiligGoed has more than 50 years of experience and is one of the largest suppliers in the Netherlands in the field of PPE. 

From our office and warehouse in Sliedrecht (South Holland), we are ready with more than 40 employees, working to ensure the safety of our customers on the shop floor.

Wondering what we can do for your business? Contact us for a no-obligation introduction.

Frequently asked questions life cycle construction helmet

How long does a construction helmet last on average?

The lifespan of a construction helmet is generally between 3 and 5 years. This can vary depending on use, workplace conditions, and care given to the helmet.

Why does a construction helmet have a limited lifespan?

A construction helmet has a limited lifespan due to the natural degradation of the materials used to make it, such as plastic. Exposure to sunlight, chemicals, and physical damage can accelerate this degradation.

How do I know when to replace my construction helmet?

You should replace your construction helmet if you see cracks, deep scratches or other damage. Replacement is also necessary if the helmet no longer fits properly or if the adjustment mechanisms are damaged. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

How can I extend the service life of my construction helmet?

To prolong the life of your construction helmet, store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Clean the helmet regularly with mild soap and water and inspect it regularly for damage.

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