Head Protection

UNB Reference Number: 7807
Authorized by: J. M. Anderson, President,
Effective Date: December 1, 1978
Revised: September 2001
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To outline the hazards and regulations relating to head protection.


Every person observing or performing a function which may expose them to any of the following hazards:

  • impact with moving or fixed objects and flying or falling material
  • operation of overhead cranes, hoists, slings and hitches
  • construction sites, high bays, industrial type laboratories and workshops
  • forestry operations
  • involvement of long hair with rotating machinery or an open flame


  • All persons entering a designated construction, project or test site shall wear a Class E, Type 1, headwear that conforms to the current ANSI standard.
  • Approved headwear shall be worn by persons required to work in areas where there is exposure to possible head injury from impact with falling or flying objects, e.g., persons directing an overhead crane operation, laboratories or workshops where industrial type work is performed, or persons working on a tree trimming operation.
  • Only ANSI headwear approved for the type of work will be used. For occasional use, safety hats may be obtained from the Physical Plant Department Stores on a sign-out basis.
  • Laboratories or workshops shall provide safety hats for employees, students or visitors.
  • All areas requiring safety hats shall display a sign to this effect.
  • Persons with long hair who are required to work with or near open flames or rotating machinery shall have their hair suitably contained to avoid contact with the flame or entanglement with the machinery.

Refer further to the N.B. Occupational Health & Safety Act & Regulations