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Colour Coded Hard Hats – Making Sites Safer

25th May 2016


A new colour coding system is being put into place for the construction industry.  It is being initiated as a way to make construction sites safer. The scheme has been introduced by Build UK, the primary umbrella body for contractors, as a simple and easier way to identify the different personnel on site. The changes will help to make communication more fluid on site and in turn increase the general safety of all construction projects in the UK.

All members of new construction sites, and selected existing construction sites when practical, will be required to follow the new standards in order for it to have the desired effect. This will ensure that individuals can be identified immediately depending on their safety qualifications.

Hard Hats

As a breakdown of the image above, all Site Supervisors will be required to wear a black hard hat. Slingers and Signallers are to wear orange hard hats. White hard hats will be worn by all Site Managers and Competent Operative Vehicle Marshals, which will be distinguishable by different coloured high visibility jackets. Any site members that don’t fall into any of these categories will be required to wear a blue hard hat.

Stickers will also be used in tandem with the new hard hat standards; individuals trained as First Aiders and Fire Marshals will have designated stickers on their hard hats. Fire Marshals will wear a red sticker and First Aiders will wear green.

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK, said: “Health and safety is a priority for Build UK and we are delighted with the positive response from our members who have welcomed the latest standards, which aim to make life easier and help them meet the increasing demands of working on-site.”

The new system involves a slight change of standards in order to make a big difference, making it much easier to quickly identify the necessary personnel and in turn increasing the safety of the site as a whole.

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