The optimisation of industrial safety helmets taking into consideration improvements in fit and design

Project No. FFFF 0110


completed 01/1996


Existing low level of acceptance of the safety helmet is based amongst other things on a lack of comfort and unbecoming appearance. Goal: constructive improvement of the safety helmet to increase comfort when worn and improve appearance.


Survey; functional analysis (accidents with head injuries); estimate analysis of comfort when worn; production of a performance specification; discussion of the new concept; incorporation of norms and test criteria; model manufacture; model testing; small-series production; presentation and surveys


Description, analysis and evaluation of the standard of technology in the construction of safety helmets; elaboration and documentation of the acceptance factors for wear and their connections; integral requirements list (safety, comfort, functionality, emotional effect); model in accordance with a design- and function-orientated concept on the basis of determined deficits with the following particular features: improvement amongst other things in overhead vision, improvement in the fit (hold also without chin straps), optimised transfer and distribution of force via interior construction, improved damping of lateral impact, integration/ability to integrate further PPE-modules (safety mask, ear protection, breathing equipment)


Optimierung von Arbeitsschutz. Die BG (1996) Nr. 12, S. 838-844

Last Update:

2 Aug 2000


Financed by:
  • Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG)
Research institution(s):
  • Institut für Maschinenwesen im Baubetrieb
  • Universität/Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe
  • Berufsgenossenschaftlicher Fachausschuss "Persönliche Schutzausrüstungen"

construction industry

Type of hazard:

mechanical hazards


Persönliche Schutzausrüstung, Ergonomie

Description, key words:

Development of a design and function-orientated construction concept for safety helmets implementing all the requirements relative to safety, function, comfort and acceptance