Although FREAS has a limited number of projects taking place this summer, all renovation and new construction project still require the same basic PPE. Most of the major projects provide signage that identifies the boundaries of the construction area. These notices will also identify the specific PPE that must be used such as a hard hat. It’s important to know where and when hard hats must be used. Please be aware of all hard hat requirements when working on campus and check the Job Hazard Analysis if in doubt. Contact your supervisor or EHS with any questions.

Please see the FREAS SharePoint page under Safety for more information on this topic.


Extended Safety Message:

  • OSHA Standard 1926.100(a) states that employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns, shall be protected by protective helmets.
  • Protecting workers from potential head injuries is an essential component of any workplace safety program.
  • Always be aware of any possible hazards to your head.
  • These hazards include objects such as parts, tools, packages, boxes, and other stored or racked materials, flying parts or particles from cutting, conveyor, or grinding operations, moving parts, pieces, or objects being handled by overhead lifting equipment such as cranes.
  • Make sure your hard hat fits properly. If your hard hat is too large or too small, even if it meets all the requirements, it will not protect you properly.
  • Hard hats, when fitted correctly, should not bind, slip, fall off or irritate the skin.
  • Not every hard hat is the same! The type of protection provided can be very different depending on the type of hard hat.
  • Workers exposed to electrical hazards must wear the appropriate head protection for the type of electrical hazard.
  • Inspect your hard hat daily for signs of damage. A thorough inspection is required once per year.
  • Some hazards to the head may require workers to use hard hats designed for impacts to the sides as well as the top of the head.
  • Workers need training to recognize the types of hazards requiring head protection, how to properly wear and maintain their head protection, and when to replace it.
  • Make sure your hard hat fits properly! If your hard hat is too large or too small, even if it meets all the requirements, it will not protect you properly.
  • Hard hat accessories must not compromise the safety elements of the protective helmet.
  • Always replace a hard hat if it has sustained any kind of impact, even if damage is not noticeable.
  • Replace hard hats if they have cracks or show signs of damage.
  • See the EHS webpage for more information on hard hat use at