The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009, American National Standard For Industrial Head Protection, the organization announced in a recent press release.

This standard was prepared by the members of ISEA’s Head Protection Group and a consensus panel of users, test labs and government agencies, as a revision to the 2003 edition. Key updates contained in this version include optional testing and marking features for head protection devices that reflect end-user preferences. Most notable among these are specific testing parameters and marking for products that have high-visibility properties.

“Given the focus that has been placed on worker visibility in recent times, it seemed logical to include high-visibility criteria for head protection devices,” said Cristine Z. Fargo, ISEA manager of standards programs. “Hard hats continue to be one of the more popular PPE items in the workplace where both visibility and top of the head protection is needed. Including both criteria gives the end-user another tool for added protection."

In addition, the revised standard includes criteria for products that can be worn in the reverse position, which is preferred when performing some applications such as welding. “While earlier versions of the standard never addressed the issue, manufacturers are continually asked whether their products can be worn backwards and still provide protection,” said Fargo. “Including a detailed protocol for reverse-wear will allow compliant products to be marked in a manner that is easily identifiable to the end-user.”

Copies of the standard are available frorn ISEA headquarters at 1901 N. Moore Street, Suite 808, Arlington, VA 22209. The single-copy cost is $35.00. Discounted rates for bulk orders are offered. For additional information, contact the ISEA at (703) 525-1695.