head protection

AbOUT HEAD PROTECTION


Head protection is meant to reduce the risk of head injury by distributing the force of a blow. The helmet shell protects against penetration of pointed objects etc., while the padding is shock-absorbing. When selecting head protection, it is important to choose a helmet that is comfortable and lightweight for long-term use. One should also take into account whether the helmet needs to be combined with other equipment, e.g., visors, chinstraps, earmuffs, neck protection, headlamp, communications etc. ICM offers industrial helmets, fire helmets,  hard bump caps and helmets for mountaineers.

HARD BUMP CAPS, EN 812

Includes thin helmets or caps with plastic inserts. They only protect against minor knocks and bumps and should never be confused with industrial safety helmets. In addition to the mandatory requirements, hard bump caps have shock-absorbing and electrical insulating properties, and are flame-retardant.

HELMETS FOR MOUNTAINEERS, EN 12492

Mountaineering equipment approved according to EN12492. The standard differs significantly from EN 397, i.e. there is a reduced requirement for shock absorption, the helmet must be ventilated and there must be a strong 3-point chinstrap, which ensures that the helmet cannot slip forwards or backwards. A helmet for mountaineers cannot be used as a work helmet.

HELMET WITH VISOR

Certain standard helmets are available with integrated eye protection that can be folded up under the helmet. This type of visor only covers the eyes and is not intended as a replacement for the larger visors that can be mounted on helmets. Large visors cover the entire face. A helmet with integrated eye protection is beneficial for ordinary helmet users who suddenly need eye protection. With this type of helmet, you always have the eye protection with you.

FIRE HELMETS

Are approved according to EN 443:2008. They meet the most stringent requirements, as they must protect under the most extreme conditions. Fire helmets usually have built-in eye protection, and they are very comfortable, as firefighters wear their helmets for a long period at a time.

HELMET SERVICE LIFE

Head protection has limited service life and the manufacturer specifies this in the instructions for use. Helmets that have been exposed to blows, have cracks or discolouration due to sunlight should be discarded immediately. The manufacturer provides information about the service life of the helmet prior to commissioning. Some helmets are fitted with a UV indicator that shows when the helmet must be replaced. Fire helmets have different rules - contact customer service.

MATERIALS


ICM’s assortment primarily consists of safety helmets made of ABS and HDPE.
​​​​​​​PLEAE NOTE! There are multiple qualities of ABS and ICM only chooses products of the best quality as a starting point.

ABS – a contraction of acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene, which results in a highly impact-resistant and glossy material. This is done by combining the resistance of acrylonitrile to heat and chemicals, the impact strength and performance of butadiene at low temperatures with the processing ability, gloss and stiffness of styrene.

HDPE – stands for high density polyethylene and is a hardy, affordable material with a high performance at extreme temperatures. The material has a very high tensile strength, which makes helmets made of HDPE particularly impact-resistant, while cracking more often.

FIBERGLASS– a flexible material with a very high heat resistance of up to 500 ° C as well as good protection against chemicals.

STRIKE
A 5 kg bullet hits the helmet from a height of 1 meter.
The maximum transmitted force must not exceed 5 kN.

PENETRATION
A pointed object of 3 kg hits the helmet from a height of 1 meter. The object must not come into contact with the upholstery under the helmet shell.

CHIN STRAPS
Loaded with 150 N with an increase of 20 N / min until the belt fails. The chin strap must release under a load of between 150 N and 250 N.

FLAME TEST
A flame is pointed at a 45 degree angle towards a point on the helmet between 50 and 100 mm from the top for 10 seconds. There must be no visible flame after
five seconds.

EN STANDARDS
EN 397Industrial safety helmets
EN 50365Electricalle insulating helmets for use in low voltage installations
EN 443Helmets for firefighters
EN 812Industrial bump caps
EN 12492Mountaineering equipment. Helmts for mountaineers.
EN 14052High performance industrial helmets
COMMON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY HELMETS
Low and very low temperature-20 ºC or -30 ºC
Very high temperature+150 ºC
Electrically insulting440 V a.c. (only helmets without ventilation)
Side impactLD
Molton metal splashesMM (only helmets without ventilation)


OTHER SUPPLEMENTARY TESTING OUTSIDE EN 397
Very low temperature CSPV10-40 ºC
Extra electrically insulating CSPV10EN 50365, 1000V a.c. (only helmets without ventilation)
ANSI Z89.1 - 20000V a.c. (only helmets without ventilation)

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