Wearing Yellow Old Hat Construction Workers

The traditional helmet colour scheme will be eliminated by the new color-coding system.

Construction firms in the UK are progressively putting away their yellow hard hats, signalling the end of an era.

In a drive to make construction sites safer, industry chiefs are replacing the iconic Bob the Builder-style helmets with a new colour-coded system, and there is no place for the familiar sunshine-coloured headgear.

As a result of upcoming regulations, both the popular TV character and real-life builders and craftsmen will be required to don new hats in order to work on the construction site.

The Build UK Safety Helmet Colors Standard was developed in cooperation with the organization’s members to encourage best practises on construction sites and to guarantee that workers on the site can be easily identified.

Build UK has made health and safety a key priority, and it is envisaged that by implementing this consistent strategy, on-site communication will improve and construction site safety will improve.

As part of the new approach, white hats – to be worn by site managers and certified tradesmen – will become the most frequent hue on building sites.

Slingers and signallers will wear orange, while the rest of the crew will wear blue hats.
Trained first aiders and fire marshals will also have stickers on their helmets.

The colour change has been well received within the industry with Highways England announcing they would be adopting the new system on all construction and maintenance sites next year and this “emphasises the industry’s willingness to collaborate and share best practise in order to tackle key construction challenges,” says Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol MBE.

Auburn Hill, a building contractor, is also in favour of the color-coded approach, and managing director Paul Matthews expects fewer injuries and accidents on the job site as a result.

“According to him, “health and safety are of the utmost importance on any construction job.”

Because working on a construction site, especially in the dead of winter, is hazardous, having a system in place that makes it easy to identify who is who and, perhaps most significantly, who has received first aid training, is a need.

It is my belief that as people’s abilities and limitations are put on show, the number of events, accidents, and injuries will go down.”

We are thrilled that our Safety Helmet Colors Standard, which strives to provide clear and practical support for everyone working on-site, is taken up and applied by the wider industry as best practise,” Nichol added.

Colors of safety helmets Black: In charge. Orange: Slinger/signaller White: Site manager/competent operative or vehicle marshall

Blue: The rest of humanity

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Last Updated on December 29, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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