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Get your thinking cap on


Sir, Roger Clemens asks why he has to wear a hard hat on Dar tmoor (Let ters, August 18).

Firstly, if the employer says you must wear a hard hat then you must wear a hard hat. This presumes there is a risk of head injury and there is no other means to reduce it.

But PPE must be suitable and comfortable. I can understand the discomfort of someone having to wear a standard hard hat in an open field on a warm sunny day. There are alternatives to consider, such as a less cumbersome bump cap.

Reinforced ventilated baseball caps are also available which protect the crown of the head while shielding the face from rain and sunlight.

The writer is correct regarding the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations. Head protection is only required where there is a risk of injury to the head. If the employer has adopted a well founded policy that head protection must be worn, then this is probably a condition of employment and must be done. A reasonable employer should at least review the situation, however.

Jamieson Christie FICE MIOSH, by email