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This guidance aims to achieve a common safety helmet colour standard to realise the following benefits:
a single standard that can be adopted by all Highways England construction and maintenance contractors. At present contractors specify different requirements on helmets as there is no industry agreed standard.
a clearer way of identifying peoples roles through helmet colour which indicates the level of responsibility on site. It fosters pride in the wearing of a specific hat colour as a badge of responsibility.
reduced costs as companies will no longer have to buy different coloured helmets for different jobs.
This document forms part of Highways England’s ‘Raising the bar’ health and safety initiative.