Illumination Ring for Hard Hats

An illumination ring that attaches to standard hard hats can help increase worker visibility.

Description:

An illumination ring for hard hats is a personal protective gear that fits on any standard hard hat and produces a 360º ring of light around the wearer.  In addition to providing illumnation for visibility in low-lighting conditions, it also allows the worker to be seen from up to a quarter mile away.

  • HALO – full brightness in 360 degrees to help you see and be seen in all directions
    Example Use: moving around and performing a number of jobs around a job site

  • HI-ALERT – provides a unique visual identifier by flashing the light in a 360-degree spin to maximize your chance to be seen by others
    Example Use: flagging or operating around cranes, moving vehicles and machinery

  • TASK – maximum brightness on the front third to illuminate your immediate work area out to the visual periphery
    Example Use: working on a specific task in a darkened area

  • DIM – a low-power, 360-degree light when working in close proximity to others
    Example Use: having a face-to-face conversation with another person
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High-visibility safety apparel utilizes fluorescent colors and retroflective material to help increase worker visibility but may require a secondary light source to activate those safety properties.  However, an illumination ring for hard hats, such as The Halo Light from Illumagear, can provide active illumination and maximize the effectiveness of worker visiblity when used in combination with passive high-visibility safety apparel (figure 1).


Figure 1.  The Halo Light worn with high-visibility apparel.

The Halo Light can produce up to 276 lumens and offers 4 modes:

HALO – full brightness in 360 degrees to help you see and be seen in all directions
Example Use: moving around and performing a number of jobs around a job site

HI-ALERT – provides a unique visual identifier by flashing the light in a 360-degree spin to maximize your chance to be seen by others
Example Use: flagging or operating around cranes, moving vehicles and machinery

TASK – maximum brightness on the front third to illuminate your immediate work area out to the visual periphery
Example Use: working on a specific task in a darkened area

DIM – a low-power, 360-degree light when working in close proximity to others
Example Use: having a face-to-face conversation with another person

Weighing in at 9 ounces, the Halo Light can provide power up to 12 hours from a 5 hours full battery charge time.  Figure 2 is a non-exhaustive list of some hard hat manufacturers that The Halo Light is compatible with.

 

Figure 2.  Example of compatible hard hats for the Halo Light.


Risks Addressed:

Working in road construction sites has an increased risk of work zone struck-by injuries and fatalities.  Based on preliminary CFOI data, there were 116 work-related fatalities at road construction sites in the U.S. in 2014.  In The Construction Chart Book 5th edition published by CPWR, Chapter 46 shows vehicles were the source of more than half of the fatalities at road construction sites - double the proportion of such deaths in the overall construction industry from 2008 - 2010 (graph 46b).  Among fatalities involving vehicles and heavy equipment at road construction sites, most were workers on foot or non-passengers who were struck by vehicles or heavy equipment in the work zone or passing vehicles that entered the work zone.  Utilizing high-visibility personal protective gear can help increase worker visibility to help prevent work zone struck-by injuries.


How Risks are Reduced:

In addition to wearing High-visibility safety apparel, the active illumination provided by the Halo Light can have an additive effect in serving as an extra stimulus to heighten driver awareness to the presence of construction workers in work zones.  The Halo Light has four modes including a high alert mode which could also be used for communication and warning.

Further, an 8-month company case study has noted a 92% risk reduction in lack of employee visibility and anticipates a 70% overall reduction in safety risk by employing the Halo Light and electronic beacons.  Granted that an additional form of active light equipment was concurrently assessed with the Halo Light in this study, "the company concluded that The Halo Light significantly enhanced the visibility of its employees both to operators and the general public."  For more information, please visit http://illumagear.com/safety-products/case-studies/portable-work-light .


Additional Considerations:

There is no regulations for active personal lighting in construction zones.  OSHA has minimum requirements for area lighting which can be found in OSHA 1926.56. Area lighting is based on the idea of blanketing an area of the jobsite in light, thereby generally illuminating all work areas and personnel at all times. However, accomplishing this may be challenging as workers and equipment are constantly moving around dynamic construction jobsites. In reality, area lighting serves a purpose but it does not actively illuminate all workers or all work areas at all times.  In all, one should note using this equipment cannot replace illumination of all work areas suggested by OSHA.

For personnel, OSHA mandates no minimum requirements for active illumination. Instead, OSHA defers to ANSI's retroreflective standards.  ANSI presently focuses all high-visibilty requirements based on fluorescent and retroreflective materials.

The Halo Light is not UL listed for hazardous locations such as combustible fibers, dusts, and flammable liquids such as spilled fuel or oil. Remove Halo Light during vehicle repair operations or fuel spills.  However, Illumagear intends to introduce an intrinsically safe version of the product for potentially explosive environments in the future.

The Halo light does have an IP Rating of 67 to protect against dust, dirt, and water.

The components including the LED, battery pack, charger and lighting components have been tested to IEC standards.

As is the case with any construction equipment, users should follow manufacturer safety recommendations and comply with any applicable local, state or federal regulations. 

Illumagear did not specifically describe personal protective equipment during disposal and clean up of a damaged Halo Light.
 


Hazards Addressed:

Availability

Illumagear, Inc.
To obtain information, visit Illumagear The Halo Light or contact 1-206-973-4277

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