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American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA)

"American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection"


This standard describes Types and Classes, testing and performance requirements for protective helmets. These include recommended safety requirements for authorities considering the establishment of regulations or codes concerning the use of protective helmets.

Standard Type(s)

An explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, system, or service: Examples of specifications include, but are not limited to, requirements for; physical, mechanical, or chemical properties, and safety, quality, or performance criteria. A specification identifies the test methods for determining whether each of the requirements is satisfied.

Test Method

A definitive procedure that produces a test result: Examples of test methods include, but are not limited to: identification, measurement, and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics, or properties. A precision and bias statement shall be reported at the end of a test method.

Personal Protective Equipment
Head Protection

All equipment and/or accessories (whether or not detachable) designed and manufactured specifically to protect the head (typically from impact). This includes hard hats that protect from impact and penetration hazards as well as from electrical shock and burn hazards.

  • Industrial helmets
  • Physical
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Chemical Reactions
Conformity Assessment Notes

Various test and inspection criteria are required as specified in the document.


Additional References:

  • ASTM E1164–09a Colorimetry - Standard Practice for Obtaining Spectrophotometric Data for Object-Color Evaluation
  • ISO/DIS 6220-1983, Draft International Standard - Headforms for Use in the Testing of Protective Helmets
  • SAE J 211-1, 2007, Instrumentation for Impact Test, Part 1, Electronic Instrumentation

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