Safety Helmet | PPE Head Protection


Safety Helmets and hard hats from North Sea Workwear

Our range of safety helmets and hard hats extends from the keenly priced JSP hard hats through to 3M Peltor helmets, Scott Protector and MSA Helmets.

The 3M Peltor G3000 Helmet has a clever Uvicator spot on top - to show you clearly when the helmet has been over exposed to sun (UV light - which degrades the helmet material).

We recommend the MSA V Gard helmets. These are arguably the best helmets in terms of comfort - thanks to their 6 point internal cradle or harness.

Safety helmets protect you by providing the following features:

- A rigid shell that resists and deflects blows to the head;

- A suspension system or "harness" inside the hat that acts as a shock absorber;

- Some helmets serve as an insulator against electrical shocks;

- Some safety helmets can be modified so you can add face shields, goggles, hoods, or hearing protection to them.

All our Safety Helmets meet European standards

EN 397 Safety Helmets for general use in construction and industry to provide protection to the wearer against falling objects and consequential brain injury and/or skull fracture.

Our safety helmets are recognised PPE head protection. View our selection of safety helmets online and arrange for delivery anywhere in the UK.

EN 12492 Safety Helmets for mountaineers provide protection to the wearer whilst falling and also include a helmet retention system to ensure the helmet is not unintentionally removed from the wearer's head.

Bump Caps:

Bump caps also known as hard caps, such as the JSP Bump cap are made from lightweight plastic and are designed to protect you from bumping your head on protruding objects.(Safety helmets protect your head from Falling objects).

Bump caps do NOT:

- Use a suspension system;

- Protect you from falling objects;

- Protect you from electrical shocks.

WARNING: You should never substitute a bump cap for a safety helmet.

Neck Protection

For neck protection, we offer a range of insulated and also FR balaclavas, snoods, thermal zero hoods and FR flash hoods: so that your head, neck and shoulders are protected from the cold or alternatively excessive heat and flame.

Wearing Safety Helmets:

- Always wear your safety helmet while you are working in areas where there are potential head hazards.

- Adjust the suspension inside your safety helmet so that the it sits comfortably, but securely on your head.

- Inspect the shell of your safety helmet for cracks, gouges, and dents. Inspect the suspension system for frayed or broken straps.

- Never paint, scratch or drill "air holes" in your safety helmet. You may apply reflective plastic tape if you must work at night.


Safety and protective helmets are designed so that the energy established during an impact is absorbed by the partial damage of the cap and the harness. We draw users attention on the potential dangers when adapting or doing away with one of the original foundations of the helmet other than those recommended by the manufacturer.

EN397: Defensive helmets for industry

EN812: Shock-proof caps (anti-scalp)


The EN397 standard, which concerns the "protective helmets for industry", requires the following markings:

Each helmet must have a moulded or printed marking containing the following indications:

  • the current European standard number.
  • the name or the manufacturer ID mark.
  • date of the quarter and the year of production.
  • the helmet category.
  • the size or size range.
  • Further suggestions, like instructions or recommendations of adjustment, assembling, use, cleaning, sterilizing, maintenance, revision and storage, are stated in the instructions for use.


    The EN812 standard, concerns the shock-proof caps (anti-scalp) of current use, used in the industry, to defend head when it hits hard objects liable to cause tearing up or other superficial wounds to the user or knock him out. They are principally intended for inside use.

    A shock-proof cap is not planned to defend against the effects of falling objects and must not under any case substitute a protective industrial helmet for this application according to the EN397 standard.


    A safety helmet's 'safe to use' age is reliant on upon on a number of adaptable factors that must be evaluated by the user through a process or careful monitoring and regular inspection prior to use. The date clock positioned on the peak of a helmet shell is purely an suggestion of when the shell was manufactured and does not accurately specify what time period a safety helmet remains safe to use.

    The most important and significant date to record in terms of safety is the date of first use and this should always be written directly on the label delivered in the back of the helmet. Polymers are durable materials and only really begin to change their mechanical properties when they are visible to sunlight and industrial hazards.

    If left idle in conditions totally short of light, moisture and extremes of temperature a helmet shell does not have a short shelf life or short sell by date, in fact its physical circumstance will not alter for some period of time. A safety helmet's lifetime is reduced by a number of different factors:

  • Impacts and abrasions
  • Temperature extremes
  • UV light exposure
  • Molten metal splash
  • Chemical exposure
  • Electrical arc flash
  • As a manufacturer, it is almost impossible to predict exactly what effect these arrangements will have on a helmet's 'safe to use age'. Users must regularly inspect and sustain their safety helmet and have an appreciation of their work surroundings when determining when to replace their safety helmet. We recommend a maximum in use period of between 2 and 5 years from the date of original use.

    A safety helmet protects possibly the most important organ in a human's body and is reasonably inexpensive to replace, if pre-use inspection gives rise to any reservation discard and replace immediately.

    N.B. Due to the nature of the high visibility colour pigments used in the manufacturing procedure, high visibility helmet variants have a smaller life-span .

    Manufacturing Date: EN397 specifies display of year and quarter of manufacture. There will be some crossover for a period of time as to the precise markings on helmets as we try to standardise.

    Therefore old and new markings are described. The first logo specifies the rolling quarter of manufacture, the second the year of manufacture and currently the material type also.

    EN50365 - Electrical Insulation:

    The twin triangle symbol together with 'Class O' means EN50365 approval. Suitable for use by electricity workers up to 100Vac/1500Vdc.

    VDE Electrical Approval:

    (1000Vax/1500Vdc) VDE is the symbol of a well familiar and trusted electrical certification body based in Germany.

    Material type:

    The flowing arrows and '7' specify a recycling capability and category for a group of polymers. HDPE shows the material of the helmet High Density Polyethylene.

    Helmet Model Label:

    An additional label is placed in the rear of helmets to specify possible approvals that are held under EN397 for a specific helmet model, such as, - 30oC, MM - Molten Metal or 440V electrical endorsement. Date of issue is marked to allow the user to record and more accurately assess a helmet's lifetime.

    CE Marking:

    Mandatory conformity mark for the European Economic Area (EEA) - 0086 is the unique number of the notified body (BSI) that audits the quality systems.

    Gost Approval:

    Style 300 conforms to Russian GOST approvals. usual colour safety helmets. We recommend these colour helmets are used for no longer than 12 months from the date of first use.


    Helmets should be inspected prior to each use for signs of corrosion or damage, with defective parts replaced straightaway. Helmets with damaged shells, e.g.: with cracks, dents, excessive abrasion or severe discolouration must be discarded. Regular cleaning using warm water and mild detergent is expected to help extend the helmet?s lifetime. A brush can be used to eliminate stubborn marks and dirt from the shell. Prior to washing, the harness should be detached from the shell to facilitate cleaning. The use of solvents, hot water, or harsh abrasives is not recommended.


    HDPE belongs to polymers recycling category 7. Please see local authority guidelines for disposable advice and locations.


    Adhesive labels can attack the structure of all plastic materials over time. Where labelling is a genuine necessity, we endorse the use of acrylic or water based adhesives only. No solvent based labels or marker pens should be applied.


    Our rnage of helmets is designed and tested to the requirements of EN397. Helmets need to be worn with the peak at the front and the size alteration mechanism at the rear. A helmet?s headgear should never be detached to reverse its orientation. Applications that need a reduced peak can be satisfied by specifying a different helmet with a reduced peak, which is ideal for working in confined spaces or a height where greater vision is essential.


    Protector helmets are designed with a universal 30mm accessory slot to enable the assembly of a wide variety of face or hearing protection. The Protector range comprises a comprehensive portfolio of face protection, passive and electronic hearing protection, sweatbands, chinstraps, replacement headgear, hygiene and winter liners. Details of these accessories are accessible in separate datasheets and can be provided by upon writtenrequest.

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