Campaign to raise awareness of brain injury and PPE best practice

15 September 2020

Trusted PPE manufacturer, Centurion Safety, and the brain charity Headway have joined forces to launch the first-ever Hard Hat Awareness Week which will take place from 21st-27th September 2020.

Brain injury is potentially life-changing and is more common than many people think with construction site workers at particular risk. Ensuring head protection is worn and cared for correctly is key to remaining safe. During Hard Hat Awareness Week hard hat users will be encouraged to be #hatwise and perform an audit of their hard hat using the following checklist: Safety Helmet Wear and Care Guide

There is also a series of activities planned for the week including an online raffle to raise funds for Headway with prizes from Milwaukee, DeWalt and Bosch along with hard hat giveaways and radio and social media broadcasts.

Several leading names in the construction sector have already pledged their support for the initiative including amey utilities, HSE network, Skanska, Costain, Strabag and CHAS and everyone within the industry is invited to take part by sharing images of their audited hard hats on social media using the hashtag #hatwise.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Tidy Technical & Training Specialist at Centurion says: “It is Centurion’s mission to safeguard the creativity and judgment that shapes our world and with 2020 being our 140th anniversary we wanted to do something special to celebrate. Partnering with Headway to launch Hard hat Awareness Week was the perfect way to raise some funds for Headway while bringing a focus on the importance of being hat wise and looking after your hard hat so it will in turn look after your head.”

Facts about brain injury
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury caused to the brain since birth. There are many possible causes, including falls and blows to the head.
There were 348,453 UK admissions to hospital with acquired brain injury in 2016-17. That is 531 admissions per 100,000 of the population.
20% of all injuries whether fatal and non-fatal in the UK since 2013 are head-related.
Of all non-fatal injuries reported under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Oc-currences Regulations for 2017-18, 13% are head-related.
Head protection account for only 3% of PPE purchases, yet account for over 20% of inju-ries.
On average people spend £25-£30 on a pair of safety boots, but only £5-£8 on their safety helmet.

For more information about how to get involved with the campaign, email: georgina@katemcdougleconsulting.co.uk