Decals On Hard Hats: What You Need To Know

Decals can be printed for hard hats and other protective head gear that help identify key personnel on a work site as well as the company they work for. Other uses of decals on protective hard hats include the use of reflective inks to better stand out in low light and workplace morale aids, like special stickers for meeting specific safety requirements.

But some workplaces don't encourage decals on protective hard hats. There are no legal restrictions on using decals or stickers, but you should consider adding only professionally printed decals that enhance workplace communication and safety. Here are some commonly asked questions about decals on hard hats.

Are There Any Legal Restrictions Regarding Stickers on Hard Hats?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has very specific guidelines about head protection and how it should be worn. However, when it comes to stickers or decals, CCOHS refers you to the manufacturer of the hard hat for further assistance.

The main reason to be cautious about stickers, or any other personal details like bandannas or tape, is that it can make it more difficult to properly inspect the integrity of the hard hat. You need to be able to assess whether there are any cracks or damage that would keep the hat from functioning as it is intended. 

How Should Decals Be Placed?

Most manufacturers have been silent on the issue of stickers and decals, but some companies have weighed in about where to position them on hard hats. A manager at Bullard, manufacturer of hard hats commented in Safety + Health Magazine about what the company considers acceptable sticker placement.

According to Bullard, incorrect placement or numerous decals can impact the ability to inspect the hat, but otherwise, decals are acceptable. The company recommends adhering stickers at least three-quarters of an inch from the edge of the hat. 

Are There Any Kinds of Inks That Should Be Avoided?

It is important to pay attention to the type of ink that you use in the printing of your decal. Some types of hard hats, known as Class E for electrical trades and Class G for general trades, are designed to be non-conductive. On these classes of hats, a metallic ink should not be used as it could serve as a conduit for electricity, negating some of the protection that the protective head gear affords against shock. 

Class C hard hats have no electrical rating, so you do not need to be concerned about the type of ink used on a decal you use for these hats.

If you have questions about what types of decals will work best on your company's protective head gear, first clear their placement with your internal safety officer. Then, talk to your sign professional about the best design and usage of decals for your needs.

Contact a company like Grande Prairie Prairie Signs (2000) Ltd for more information.