Bump Caps Vs. Hard Hats

by Caitlin McCulloch
These construction workers are being safe by wearing hard hats.

These construction workers are being safe by wearing hard hats.

People who are required to work in situations where physical injury may occur should wear protective head gear. Hard hats meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's guidelines, while bump caps do not. Several other factors come into play when choosing protective head gear.

Bump Cap Benefits

Bump caps are more lightweight than hard hats, making them more comfortable and proving to be less stressful on your neck, head and back. Bump caps are also well ventilated, providing more air flow than hard hats do.

Hard Hat Benefits

Hard hats offer more protection than bump caps. They have an outer shell that is hard and durable to deflect potential head blows. Inside, hard hats have a lining that is shock absorbing. Also, some hard hats can provide protection from electric shocks.

Job Locations

Bump caps are ideal in situations where it is not required to wear a hard hat, but injury could still occur. They are often used in warehouses and food processing plants. Hard hats are worn most commonly on construction sites. Hard hats are often required if you are working near electrical conductors, beams or pipes that are exposed.

About the Author

Based in California, Caitlin McCulloch has been writing since 2008. She currently serves as an editor at a large Bay Area publishing company. Her work has appeared in the features section of Sonoma State University's campus newspaper, "Sonoma State Star," and online at Obsessed Artist. McCulloch holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Sonoma State University.

Photo Credits

  • construction workers image by Edward White from Fotolia.com