The construction organisation Build UK are responsible for bringing workers from all across the building industry together, focusing on key issues which the industry faces. Collectively they represent over 40% of the UK’s construction trade, working alongside Trade Associations, Contractors and clients to deliver economically viable construction projects all over the country.
This close-knit relationship has lead to a change in the way hard hats are colour coded. They revamped the colour coding system for hard hats, to help improve onsite communication and to easily identify visitors and supervisors.
Highways England have adopted this new scheme, as part of its ‘Raising the bar’ health and safety initiative which identifies the best practices, and raises standards, improving supply chain engagement.
New hard hat colour coding system
The new system will do away with the yellow hard hats, and instead will be organised as follows:
Black – Supervisors
White – Site manager/competent operative/vehicle marshall
Orange – Slinger/Signaller
Blue – Miscellaneous staff/site visitors
In addition to these new colour coding regulations, hard hat stickers will be given to both fire marshalls and first aiders. As with previous standards, all helmets deployed on work sites must conform to BS EN 397. The new standard and colour coding system will not be employed by Network Rail, as their PPE standards only permit the use of white and blue hats.
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