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What is the service life of an MSA industrial helmet?

MSA helmets are designed with high-quality, wear-resistant materials but do not last forever. The helmet's protective properties will degrade by exposure to many common work environments, such as extreme temperatures, chemical exposure, sunlight and normal daily wear and tear. MSA recommends the following replacement schedule:

Suspension (replacement every 12 months)

Helmet (replace every 5 years)

To ensure that a helmet shell or suspension has not reached the end of its service life, MSA recommends the following procedure before and after each use:

Visually inspect the shell for breakage, cracks, crazing, discoloration, chalky appearance, or any other unusual condition. Also, inspect the shell for brittleness by flexing the brim (do not compress the shell sides). These conditions can indicate a loss of impact, penetration and/or electrical resistance and the helmet must be replaced immediately.

The suspension should be checked for loss of flexibility. Check for cracks, breaks, frayed straps or damaged stitching. If any of these conditions exist, the suspension must be replaced immediately.

NOTE: These are RECOMMENDED useful service life guidelines. Wear or damage noticed during a regular inspection may determine that an earlier replacement of the entire helmet is necessary.

ALWAYS replace the helmet after it has withstood impact or penetration.

The life of a Skullgard Helmet tends to exceed our suggested service life due to the increased rigidity of the helmet's materials and areas of use. However, as with other personal protective equipment, a Skullgard Helmet's life should ultimately be determined by routine daily inspection before and after use.

To learn more about this subject visit CARE FOR MSA SAFETY HELMET or call Dustin Boudreaux at (337) 993-9377