What is the service life of a hard cap?
Though the hard hat can be used for an indefinite amount of time, we suggest a service life of 5 years. Sunlight (UV), chemicals, bumps and temperature extremes can all cut the service life short. OSHA asks that the wearer of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) inspect their equipment regularly. Please check your hard hat for any discoloration, any striated marks that would signify stress, cuts, nicks or fading that should mean replacement of the hard hat. If the hard hat has been subjected to a fall or has been hit, the hard hat should be taken out of service and replaced. Hard Hats should not be stored in direct light (UV damage) for instance in the back window of your car. If the hard hat or suspension has been altered in any way, the hat should be removed from service immediately. No paint, markers or labels shall be affixed to the hard hat as the chemicals could damage the hard hat.