How long are hard hats good for until I have to purchase a new one?


Wearing a hard hat or industrial helmet is an excellent safety measure to take to protect your head from any type of falling debris or accidentally hitting your head on something while walking through a construction site. Yet how long can hard hats actually last? It is dependent on several factors that need to be considered, and it also means how well maintained they were to begin in the first place.

For example, improper storage can reduce the life expectancy of hard hats. Things such as direct exposure to sunlight, chemicals, or extreme temperatures are just some of the things to reduce how long hard hats are good for, on top of the frequency of impacts and overall wear and tear. 

Other areas that you should be on the lookout for when it comes to an industrial helmet are any visible cracks or signs of damage. There’s also a bit of a suspension system built into these hats, and if that starts to fail, then its efficacy can be reduced. If the hard hats look a bit faded in appearance, it can be a sign that they are deteriorating. 

Make sure that they are hard hats, to begin with, and that they have the appropriate ratings, which are the ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 standards that cover everything from which angles are protected on a hard hat to if these hard hats can be worn in reverse and still be just as efficient. At RX Safety – we have you covered and have plenty of options to consider. 

We also ensure that our offering meets specifications and industry standards. Do make sure to check the manufacturer information on these hard hats. They tend to last around five years typically. 

Portwest PS89 Safety Hard Hat

The PS89 is available in four colors: yellow, white, royal blue, and orange. It’s durable yet extremely lightweight, ensuring no strain on the body when wearing it. 

In addition, there’s a foam sweatband to help with stability, fit, and comfort and a harness that keeps this industrial helmet protecting your head. It also meets CE EN 812 safety standards and is a perfect option when you’re looking for a simple protective element against bumps and other minor head injuries. 

Portwest PS73 Safety Hard Hat

Another option that comes with comfort in mind via its sweatband, which also acts as a piece of ventilation,  and the wheel ratchet that keeps this hat fitting your head perfectly. 2

There’s also polystyrene foam on the inside which provides not just shock absorption but a layer of cushioning as well. You’re able to get this in five different colors. Three of these colors are royal blue, white, and red, with two color options, orange and yellow, which are also highly visible colors, perfect for daylight activities. The PS73 comes with industry standards CE EN 12492. 

Portwest PS63 Safety Hard Hat

Another hat with comfort in mind has vents in place for better airflow, a chin strap with four points on it, and a rubberized chin protector. This meets all the right industry standards, including extreme temperatures standards such as EN 397 -30°C / +50°C and ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 TYPE I Class C standards as well. 

They’re meant to be used in more extreme conditions and heights and have an adjustable headband between 52 to 63 cm. The PS63 is also available in white, yellow, royal blue, and orange.

Where to get the best hard hats?

The best hard hats are available here at RX Safety. Make sure to check our Hard Hats collection to find exactly what you need. If you have any questions, talk to our experts through our chat, e-mail us at, or give us a call at +1 866 653 5227.

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