Safety helmet construction; types and tips

For those who work in construction, the safety helmet is part of the standard equipment. Therefore, it is important that a safety helmet is worn comfortably. More importantly, the safety helmet should provide the right level of safety. Different working conditions may call for different types of safety helmets.

Not only the right type of construction helmet is important for the safety of the wearer. The service life of the construction helmet should also be closely monitored. Good use and proper maintenance ensure a longer service life.

What should you pay attention to when choosing the right construction safety helmet, how to make wearing a safety helmet comfortable and when should you replace your construction helmet? We would like to tell you more about that on this page.

Advice on choosing the right safety helmet for construction

Would you like direct advice on choosing the right safety helmet for construction? Or do you have another question related to personal protective equipment? Then contact one of our advisers. During working days, we can be reached by phone at: +31 184 43 44 55. Prefer to send an e-mail? You can do so via or the contact form on our contact page.

Different types of safety helmets

Different working conditions require different types of head protection. The best known and most common type of helmet is of course the (industrial safety helmet). The main purpose of this type of helmet is to protect against falling objects.

We list other types of helmets below:

Bump caps

Bump caps offer protection from stationary objects.

Climbing helmets

Climbing helmets are helmets with chin straps, to be used for specific purposes.


Hair nets are used for hygiene or for protection from rotating parts.

Hats & hoodies

This type of head protection provides protection for the head against cold or liquids.

Welding caps & monk caps:

Welding caps and monk hoods specifically provide protection from welding spatters.

Safety helmet standards

Different standards apply to safety helmets. Standard EN 397 applies to (industrial) safety helmets, which also includes the safety helmet for construction.

The other type of safety helmets have the following standards:

  • EN 812: Industrial bump caps
  • EN 14052: High-protection industrial safety helmets
  • EN 12492: Helmets for mountaineers
  • EN 50365: Electrically insulating helmets for use on low-voltage installations

Importance of good comfort

As the head is a very vulnerable part of the body, proper protection is extremely necessary. When a helmet can be worn comfortably, it is an important incentive to use it. Because when wearing a safety helmet does not feel comfortable, it can have a negative impact on its use. Indirectly, comfort is therefore important for body protection.

Factors affecting comfort include;

  • Helmet weight;
  • Ventilation of the safety helmet;
  • Quality and comfort of headbands.

Are you looking for a high-comfort safety helmet for you or your employees? Ask one of our advisers about the possibilities. By providing tailor-made solutions, we supply construction safety helmets that you will want to wear even outside working hours.

Lifespan of a construction safety helmet

The service life of a construction safety helmet depends on several factors. Of course, on the quality of the construction helmet. But also on maintenance and use. On average, a construction helmet will last about three to five years. Want to know how old your construction helmet is? All manufacturers indicate the production date in the shell of the helmet.

Good use and proper maintenance thus prolong the life of the safety helmet. You maintain the safety helmet properly by cleaning it regularly, but not with solvents or abrasives. In most construction safety helmets, it is possible to replace the liner and sweat bands, do this with some regularity.

Can't get your helmet to clean properly anymore? Then it is most likely time for a new safety helmet.

Get advice from Wijngaarden VeiligGoed

We provide non-binding advice on selecting the right helmet for the situation in which you or your colleagues work. In our view, selecting the right helmet is not optional. After all, selecting the wrong helmet can have major consequences. That is why we take our advisory role very seriously and always try to go for a selection of the safest protective equipment together with our customers.

Want to meet or receive advice on selecting or using the right safety helmet for construction? Feel free to contact us. Wijngaarden VeiligGoed is also the specialist for advice and delivery of other PPE. We are one of the largest suppliers in the Netherlands in the field of PPE. Would you like to know more about us and our added value for our customers in the field of safety? Then read on to our page 'about us'.

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