Milwaukee Tool has expanded their line of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with new safety helmets.
Milwaukee says that their new safety helmets provide better protection and more comfort than other options currently available.
All of the new Milwaukee helmets features their BOLT interface, which allows for quick and easy accessory attachment. There are 4 BOLT accessory slots and 2 universal accessory slots. Each helmet comes with a headlamp mount that is said to fit most headlamps, and a Bolt marker clip.
Additional options, such as the clear face shield shown in the first image, as well as earmuff and visor attachments, are on the way, having been previously announced alongside the helmets last fall.
Milwaukee’s safety helmets feature an anti-microbial sweatband and helmet liner, and a swinging ratchet adjustment.
Here’s a rear view of the ratcheting strap adjustment.
The new Milwaukee Tool safety helmets will be available in 4 styles, – vented (Class C) and unvented (Class E), with no brim and front brim options.
Each comes with headlamp and market clips. Other accessories are not included.
Milwaukee is launching their new helmets in 7 different colors – their iconic red, plus black, white, blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Milwaukee Helmet SKUs, Pricing, and Availability
Pricing and Availability
ETA: September 2021
Milwaukee Vented Safety Helmets – Type 2, Class C
- White – 48-73-1300
- Yellow – 48-73-1302
- Blue – 48-73-1304
- Green – 48-73-1306
- Red – 48-73-1308
- Black – 48-73-1310
- Orange – 48-73-1312
Milwaukee Safety Helmets – Type 2, Class E
- White – 48-73-1301
- Yellow – 48-73-1303
- Blue – 48-73-1305
- Green – 48-73-1307
- Red – 48-73-1309
- Black – 48-73-1311
- Orange – 48-73-1313
Milwaukee Vented Front Brim Safety Helmets – Type 2, Class C
- White – 48-73-1320
- Yellow – 48-73-1322
- Blue – 48-73-1324
- Green – 48-73-1326
- Red – 48-73-1328
- Black – 48-73-1330
- Orange – 48-73-1332
Milwaukee Front Brim Safety Helmets – Type 2, Class E
- White – 48-73-1321
- Yellow – 48-73-1323
- Blue – 48-73-1325
- Green -E 48-73-1327
- Red – 48-73-1329
- Black – 48-73-1331
- Orange – 48-73-1333
Milwaukee Safety Helmet Accessories
- Ratcheting Suspension 48-73-1098 – $19.97
- Sweat Band 48-73-1092 – $12.97
- Liner 48-73-1093 – $16.97
- Chin Strap 48-73-1084 – $16.97
Milwaukee Helmet Safety Ratings
The safety helmets are ANSI type 2 and meet energy absorption capacity clauses 126.96.36.199 (front), 188.8.131.52 (side), and 184.108.40.206 (rear), and Retention System clauses 4.3.3 (Strength) and 4.2.4 (Effectiveness) of EN12492:2012.
Why Safety Helmets?
Press materials quote the following from Zach Richman, Group Product Manager at Milwaukee Tool:
With more than half of fatal work-related traumatic injuries resulting in falls, workers are becoming more aware of the dangers of slips, trips, and falls. For that reason, there is a growing trend in helmet adoption by general contractors and sub-contractors because helmets offer side protection whereas traditional hard hats only include the top of head protection.
Unfortunately, some helmets on the market today often sacrifice safety for comfort and style (and vice versa). With our new Safety Helmets, you don’t need to make that trade-off, as they provide a high level of both safety and comfort.
Safety Helmets vs. Hard Hats
My understanding is that hard hats are designed to protect users against falling objects, and also from bumps, scrapes, and sharp objects such as exposed nails. Certain classes of hard hats are also designed to protect against electrical exposure.
Safety helmets can do that as well, but also help to better protect your head in case of a fall. Milwaukee says their safety helmets protect against both top and side impacts.
Some jobs might call for a hard hat, others might call for a safety helmet.
Also Coming Soon: Helmet Attachments
Milwaukee Tool has previously announced new BOLT accessories, including a clear face shield that will work with Milwaukee’s helmets and hard hats. These accessories were not discussed in recent press materials, suggesting they will be launching a little later.
An earmuff attachment with swing-away standby position will also be available.
It’s always good to see more safety options.
You – or a safety officer at larger jobs – will have to determine these helmets’ suitability for your needs. The way I see it, a hard hat is designed to help protect users against hazards in their work environment, while a safety helmet can do that too (depending on its rating) and also adds in greater impact protection in case of a fall.
There are quite a few other safety helmets on the market, some less expensive and some a bit pricier. Many of those options also have clip-on accessory options, such as earmuffs.
One thing that I noticed is that a lot of safety helmets are rated as providing Type 1 protection. Type 1 hard hats and helmets are designed to protect against top impacts, while Type 2 provide top and side impact protection.
Type 2 hard hats are relatively easy to find, but I’m not having an easy time finding good examples of Type 2 safety helmets. All of the newly launching Milwaukee Tool safety helmets are Type 2.