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Shockproof Cap

Shockproof cap or a blowproof cap, commonly known as a bump cap, is a head cover usually without stitches and lining, manufactured from LDPE or plastic, and has a comfortable Styrofoam structure. It resembles a baseball cap, has a beak, and is meant to soften any hits. The shockproof cap does not have the so-called relief or charge-off system like the protective helmet has.

Shockproof cap is meant to protect the head against small bumps and/or bruises caused by too low ceilings or hanging objects; also, in any fields of activity where there is a chance of hitting the head – for example, maintenance of ventilation systems, mechanics works, electricity and installation works, car repairs, working on lifting mechanisms (but not in lifting works), different assembly lines, warehouses, interior decoration, ships, and so on.

Wearing a shockproof cap is always recommended in a situation where wearing a helmet is not mandatory, but injuries could occur and despite the fact that the bruises, abrasions and scratches are small and do not require medical assistance, treating them does waste the working time and they feel uncomfortable. Wearing a shockproof cap is necessary when the head needs to be protected against hits and bruises only.

NB! Shockproof cap does not protect the user from falling objects or hanging weights. The cap may not be used in places that require wearing a protective helmet.

Protective helmet must comply with the standard EN 397, and the shockproof cap to standard EN 812, which is also marked on the product.

A shockproof cap usually weighs around 200–230 grams.

Differences between a Helmet and a Shockproof Cap

Shock Absorption

EN 397 - Helmet

EN 812 – Shockproof Cap

Falling height used in the test

1 metre

0.25 metres

Maximum allowed impact force residue

5 kilonewtons

15 kilonewtons

Power used at testing

49 joules

12 joules

Shape and weight of the hitting end used for testing

50 mm radius, spherical, 5 kg

100 mm radius, flat, 5kg

Penetration Resistance

Falling height used in the test

1 metre

0.5 metres

Power used at testing

29 joules

2.5 joules

Weight of the body used for the test blow

3 kg

0.5 kg

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