Care for and wear your hardhat the right way so you get maximum on-the-job head protection.
Keep your hardhat free from damage such as abrasions, scrapes, nicks, cracks and other signs of impact — inspect it regularly.
Do not damage your hardhat by throwing it, dropping it or using it as a support.
If you must mark a hardhat for identification, do not damage the hat in the process. Check with your supervisor about this. Hardhats are manufactured in a variety of colors which may be used for identification in certain work settings.
Wash and disinfect your hardhat before passing it on to other workers.
Turn it in if it needs a new headband or sweatband.
Inspect the condition of the suspension because of the important part it plays in absorbing the blow — watch for loose or torn cradle straps, loose rivets, and other defects and signs of wear.
Before you wear your hardhat, make sure there are no objects inside the hat, accessories are properly mounted, headgear is clean of all grease and dirt, and the hat is matched to job requirements.
Adjust the headband until the hardhat fits properly. With the proper band size, the hat will stay on while you are bending over but will not be so tight it leaves a mark on your forehead.