The Right Helmet for All Requirements

Whether working at height or in the industrial sector, a helmet is an essential part of any protective equipment. Certified to European and international standards, EDELRID helmets reliably protect the head against impacts and falling objects.

Depending on the requirements, EDELRID helmets are certified to the following standards:

Industrial safety helmets (EN 397)

Industrial safety helmets should protect the user’s head from falling objects. The standard defines the following mandatory requirements:

  • If the helmet has vents, their total area must be between 150 mm2 and 450 mm2
  • Vertical shock absorption
  • Penetration resistance against pointed and sharp objects
  • Flame resistance
  • Chin strap fastening: the chin strap releases at 150 N as a minimum and 250 N as a maximum

There are also a number of optional requirements:

  • Resistance at very low temperatures (-20°C or -30°C)
  • Resistance at very high temperatures (+150°C)
  • Electrical insulation (1.2 mA)
  • Resistance to molten metal splash
  • Lateral deformation

Electrically insulated helmets (EN 50365)

Electrically insulated helmets are used to protect against electric shocks and prevent dangerous flow through the body, e.g. when working on low voltage systems. The following requirements are mandated by the standard:

  • All requirements as stipulated by EN 397
  • Protection against AC voltage up to 1,000 V or DC voltage up to 1,500 V
  • Electrically insulated helmets must not contain conductive parts
  • Vents (if provided) must not allow unintentional contact with live parts

Climbing and mountaineering helmets (EN 12492)

Climbing and mountaineering helmets are designed to protect the wearer’s head against dangers that can occur when mountaineering (falling rocks, impact during a fall). The following requirements are mandated by the standard:

  • The helmet must be ventilated: the area of the ventilation slots must be at least 4 cm2
  • Vertical, frontal, lateral, and dorsal shock absorption capacity
  • Penetration resistance
  • Chin strap strength: the chin strap must release at 500 N as a minimum
  • Chin strap strength: the chin strap may stretch a maximum of 25 mm
  • Effectiveness of the chin strap: the helmet must not slide off the wearer’s head (retention test)

    What helmet constructions are there?

    Various types of helmets are used in the field of work safety. They differ in their construction and function and are therefore suitable for different uses. There are essentially three types of construction: hardshell helmets, in-mold helmets, and hybrid helmets.

    Hardshell helmets

    These helmets have an extremely robust and shockproof plastic shell that extends over their entire outer surface. Whereas shells used to be mainly made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, nowadays mixtures of polypropylene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) are generally used. An internal strap construction increases the cushioning properties and stops the helmet from resting directly on the head. The impact energy is absorbed by the elongation of the straps and the elastic deformation of the shell.

    In-Mold (Softshell) Helmets

    Helmets with in-mold technology have a thin outer shell made of polycarbonate, which is firmly connected to a shock-absorbing expanded polystyrene (EPS) core. The energy is absorbed through the deformation of this core. The polycarbonate shell protects the EPS core from damage and distributes the resulting force over a larger area. Depending on the model, the outer shell may only partially cover areas of the head. Softshell helmets are particularly light, but also less robust than other helmet types. They can therefore be damaged if carelessly subjected to loads, for example, by accidentally sitting on them. Their low weight and excellent ventilation properties make these helmets the number one choice for tree care.

    Hybrid helmets

    Hybrid helmets combine the advantages of the technologies of hardshell and softshell helmets. The outer shell consists of a robust and shock-resistant plastic shell made of ABS. Inside, a foamed core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) provides the best cushioning properties. Hybrid helmets are particularly robust all-rounders.

    What fastening systems does EDELRID offer?

    For a perfect helmet fit, EDELRID offers a choice of two different fastening systems:

    Wing Fit System 

    This is an innovative fastening system with a dial on the back of the head that can simply be turned to adjust the head strap to the size of the head. The system can be folded up into the helmet for transportation.

    Head and neckband

    The size and height of the head and neck strap are simply adjusted using two buckles. This offers an optimal fit, minimum pack size, and excellent ventilation. The system can be folded up into the helmet for transportation.