Health and safety for major road schemes: Safety Helmet Colours

Part of Highways England's 'Raising the bar' health and safety initiative to identify best practice, raise standards and improve supply chain engagement.


Raising The Bar 31: Safety Helmet Colours

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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.

Published 20 September 2016
Last updated 29 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated version of 'Safety Helmet Colours' document added
  2. First published.