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(Supersedes Specification No. 345-56-01B)
Effective Date: December 1, 1982
Revised Date: November 15, 2000


1. SCOPE: This specification establishes requirements for safety helmets for the protection of heads of occupational workers from impact and penetration from falling and flying objects and from high-voltage electric shock and burn. The impact and penetration resistance, and the electrical insulation requirements of the user are beyond the scope of this specification and therefore the requisites outlined herein should not be construed to indicate the safe impact, penetration level, or safe voltage to which the helmet wearer may be subjected.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards and test methods shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation for Bids. Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown. The following documents form a part of this specification to the extent specified herein:

2.1.AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE (ANSI),11 West 42ND Street, New York, NY 10036, (212) 642-4900; Fax: (212) 398-0023; www.ansi.org

2.1.1. ANSI Standard Z89.1- Requirements for Industrial Head Protection.

3. CLASSIFICATION: Safety helmets shall be classified by types and classes as follows:

3.1. Types:

3.1.1. Type I: Helmet, Top Impact. Provides protection for the top of the head.

3.1.2. Type II: Helmet, Top and Lateral Impact. Provides some degree of top and off-center protection.

3.2. Classes:

3.2.1. Class G: (General) Limited voltage protection.

3.2.2. Class E: (Electrical) High voltage protection.

3.2.3. Class C: (Conductive) Not tested for electrical resistance.

4. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) shall determine the applicable interpretation.

4.1. COMMISSION: Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4.2. SPECIFIC DEFINITIONS: The following are incorporated herein and apply to terminology used in these specifications:

4.2.1. Brim: An integral part of the shell extending outward over the entire circumference.

4.2.2. Chin Strap: An adjustable strap, attached directly or indirectly to the shell, and fitting under the chin to secure the helmet to the head.

4.2.3. Crown Straps: That part of the suspension, which passes over the head.

4.2.4. Harness: The complete assembly by means of which the helmet is maintained in position on the wearer's head.

4.2.5. Headband: That part of the harness, which encircles the head.

4.2.6. Helmet: A rigid device that is worn to provide protection for the head, or portions thereof, against, impact, flying particles, electric shock, or any combination thereof; and which is held in place by a suitable harness.

4.2.7. Nape Strap: An adjustable strap, attached directly or indirectly to the shell, and fitting behind the head to secure the helmet to the head.

4.2.8. Peak: An integral part of the shell extending forward over the eyes only.

4.2.9. Protective Padding: A material used to absorb the kinetic energy of impact.

4.2.10. Shell: A helmet less harness, accessories, and fittings.

4.2.11. Suspension: The internal cradle of the helmet which holds it in place on the head acts as then energy-absorbing mechanism, and is made up of the crown straps, protective padding or a similar mechanism.

4.2.12. Sweatband: That part of the headband, integral or replaceable, which comes in contact with at least the wearer's forehead.

4.2.13. Winter Liner: A snug-fitting cover worn under the helmet to protect the head, ears, and neck from the cold.

5. REQUIREMENTS: The helmets furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

5.1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Each helmet shall consist essentially of a shell and suspension. Provisions shall be made for ventilation between the headband and shell.

5.1.1. Materials: The materials used in the fabrication of the helmet shall be water-resistant and fire resistant. All materials coming in contact with the wearer's head shall be non-irritating to normal skin.

5.1.2. Colors: The color of the helmet shall be white, yellow, orange, red, or blue, whichever is specified in the Invitation for Bids. When white color is specified, an ultraviolet light inhibitor shall be included in the formula.

5.2. CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS: Each helmet shall include but not be restricted to the following components:

5.2.1. Shell: The shell shall be dome-shaped and of one-piece seamless construction. The Class E and Class G helmet shall have no holes in the shell that would cause the helmet to fail the electrical insulation test. All Class E shells shall be made of material with high dielectric strength and low leakage. Any identification markers used on the Class E helmet shall be affixed without holes in the shell and without the use of any metal parts or metallic labels.

5.2.2. Headband: Headbands shall be of leatherette, plastic, or other suitable materials that are comfortable. The headband shall be adjustable in 1/8 - size increments. One or more headbands shall accommodate the size range of commercial helmet sizes, from at least 6-1/2 to 8 inclusive. When the headband is adjusted to the maximum designated size, there shall be a clearance between the shell and headband to provide ventilation. The surface of the headband, in contact with the wearer's head, shall not be less than 1/2 inch nominal width. Headband shall be removable and replaceable.


6-1/2 20-1/2
6-5/8 20-7/8
6-3/4 21-1/4
6-7/8 21-5/8
7.00 22.00
7-1/8 22-3/8
7-1/4 22-3/4
7-3/8 23-1/8
7-1/2 23-1/2
7-3/4 23-7/8
7-7/8 24-5/8
8.00 25.00

5.2.3. Sweatband: Sweatbands shall be made of leatherette, plastic, or other suitable materials that are comfortable. The sweatband may be of the removable/replaceable type or may be integral with the headband. The sweatband shall cover at least the forehead portion of the headband.

5.2.4. Crown Straps: Crown straps shall be made of plastic, closely woven webbing, or other suitable material, and shall conform comfortably to the shape of the wearer's head. The crown straps, when assembled, shall form a cradle for supporting the helmet on the wearer's head so that the distance between the top of the head and the underside of the shell cannot be adjusted to less than the manufacturer's requirements for that particular helmet.

5.2.5. Nape Strap: The nape strap shall be adjustable and made of closely-woven webbing, leather, elastic-webbing combination, plastic, or other suitable material not less than 1/2 inch in width. Nape straps for Class E helmets shall be made of suitable non-conducting material, contain no metal parts, and shall be nonabsorbent materials not less than 1/2 inch in width. A separate, adjustable nape strap is not required when the headband is furnished with an integral nape strap.

5.3. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Protective helmets shall conform to the physical requirements contained in American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z89.1 - Requirements for Industrial Head Protection, including flammability, insulation, impact and penetration resistance.

5.4. OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES: The following options shall be furnished as required or when specified in the Invitation for Bids.

5.4.1. Chin Strap: Construction of the chin strap shall be the same as that specified for the nape strap in Paragraph 5.2.5. Type II helmets with chin straps must meet the detachment and elongation requirements of ANSI Z89.1.

5.4.2. Winter Liner: The liner shall consist of two separate layers of closely woven fabric. The fabric shall be fast dyed. The outer layer shall be water repellent and the inside layer a non-water-repellent, plain-woven, flannel-like material with nape on the inside surface. Liner must have fasteners or other means to securely attach liner to all safety hat suspensions. Liner must have comfortable adjustable chin strap or equal means of securing liner under the chin of wearer. The liner must provide comfortable protection against cold weather to the head, neck, and ears. Each liner shall be permanently marked or tagged to show size of liner. Note: There shall be no metal parts in liners intended for use with Class E helmets.

5.4.3. Glare Protection: To reduce glare, the helmet shall be furnished with a non-conducting strip of non-glare, non-reflective material, covering the underside of the forward brim of the helmet or the underside shall be finished in a non-glare, non-reflective material.

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier.

6.1. TESTS: The product furnished under this specification shall be tested by the applicable methods in ANSI Standard Z89.1.

7. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no pre-purchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be taken from regular orders.

8. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction of the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

9. PACKING / PACKAGING: Packing for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice and in a manner readily accepted by common carriers engaged in interstate commerce. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during the shipment because of rough or improper handling.

9.1. PACKAGING: Helmets shall be individually packaged in polyethylene bags.


10.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

10.1.1. Name of contents.

10.1.2. Quantity contained.

10.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

10.1.4. Order number or contract number.

10.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

10.1.6. Agency requisition number.

10.2. LABELING: Each helmet shall be identified with permanent markings, in letters not less than .06 inch high with the name of the manufacturer, date of manufacture, the American National Standard, type and class designation, and the approximate headband size range: For example:

Manufacturer Name or Symbol
ANSI Z89.1-1997
Type II, Class E
Size Range: 6-1/2 to 8

11. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to the bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following:

11.1. PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as part of the bid.

11.2. EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

11.3. PROOF: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

12. PRODUCT INFORMATION: The following information is furnished primarily as recommendations concerning the use of protective helmets.

12.1. LACES: Laces, if any, should always be tied securely with a square knot.

12.2. PAINTING AND CLEANING: Caution should be exercised if shells are to be painted since some paints and thinners may attack and damage the shell and reduce protection. The manufacturer should be consulted with regard to paints or cleaning materials for their particular products. A common method of cleaning and sterilization of shells is dipping them in hot water (approximately 140 ° F) containing a good detergent for at least a minute. Shells should then be scrubbed and rinsed in clear water (approximately 140 ° F). After rinsing, the shell should be carefully inspected for any signs of damage.

12.3. PERIODIC INSPECTION: All components, shells, suspensions, headbands, sweatbands, and any accessories should be visually inspected daily for signs of dents, cracks, penetration, or any other damage due to impact, rough treatment, or wear that might reduce the degree of safety originally provided. Any industrial protective helmet that requires replacement or the replacement of any worn, damaged, or defective part should be removed from service until the condition of wear or damage is corrected.

12.4. LIMITATION OF PROTECTION: Industrial protective helmets meeting ANSI standards and the requirements of this specification are designed to provide optimum protection under average conditions. Users are cautioned that if unusual conditions prevail (such as higher or lower extremes of temperature than described or other unusual conditions) or if there are signs of abuse or mutilation of the helmet or any component, the margin of safety may be reduced.


12.5.1. All items constructed of polymeric materials are susceptible to damage from ultraviolet light and chemical degradation, and safety helmets are no exception. Periodic examinations should be made of all safety helmets and in particular those worn or stored in areas exposed to sunlight for long periods. Ultraviolet degradation will first manifest itself in a loss of surface gloss called chalking. Upon further degradation the surface will craze or flake away or both. At the first appearance of either or both of the later two phenomena the shell should be replaced immediately for maximum safety.

12.5.2. The addition of accessories to the helmet may adversely affect the original degree of protection.

12.5.3. Because helmets can be damaged they should not be abused. They should be kept free from abrasions, scrapes, and nicks and should not be dropped, thrown, or used as supports. This applies to all helmets, but especially to helmets intended to afford protection against electrical hazards.

13. ORDERING DATA: When ordering products conforming to this specification the requisitioning agency shall specify the following:

13.1. The number of this specification (345-56-01C).

13.2. The type and class of helmet required. (See Paragraph 3.)

13.3. Color (s) required. (See Paragraph 5.1.2.)

13.4. Accessory items required. (See Paragraph 5.4.)

13.5. Quantity required of each type and class ordered.

14.. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS:. Copies of this specification may be obtained from the Web site listed or by writing or calling:

Bid Services
Texas Procurement and Support Services
P. O. Box 13186
Austin, TX 78711-3047
(512) 463-3416

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