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.



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.