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business | safety

100 years of head protection
Hard hat manufacturer Bullard celebrates the 100th anniversary
of its revolutionary invention.

omen got the vote. Prohibition
began. The Treaty of Versailles
ended World War I. And worker safety
was advanced with a new device-the
hard hat.
The invention of the hard hat is
credited to E. W. Bullard, the son of the
founder of a mining equipment supply
company. When Bullard returned to
the U.S. from the war, he combined
his understanding of the needs of the
company's mining customers with his
experience with his doughboy army
helmet to design a protective headgear
for miners.
The "Hard Boiled®" hat was introduced
in 1919. Today, the Bullard company,
based in Cynthiana, Ky., continues to
manufacture the hard hat along with
a wide range of personal protective
equipment and systems.
"The original Hard Boiled hat was
manufactured out of steamed canvas,
glue, a leather brim and black paint. My
great-grandfather built a suspension
device into what became the world's
irst commercially available industrial
head protection device," says CEO
Wells Bullard. "We may take it for
granted today, but we are proud to be
celebrating 100 years of an innovation
that truly helped our country grow and
keep the hardworking women and men
who built it safer."
Here are guidelines from Bullard for
the safe use of hard hats:

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The Turtle Club
The Turtle Club honors men
and women who escaped injury
because they were wearing hard
hats at the time of an accident.
The club was founded in 1946
by C. R. "Rusty" Rustemeyer,
safety director at Canadian
Forest Products Ltd. In 1950,
E. W. Bullard, the inventor of the
hard hat, was appointed Turtle
Club sponsor. Today, the club's
international sponsor is E. D. "Jed"
Bullard, grandson of E. W. Bullard.
Members are nominated by
their supervisor or company safety
director. New members receive
a new hard hat, membership
certificate, membership card,
Turtle Club pin and Turtle Club
decal. There are no dues or
membership fees.
For more, go to www.bullard.
com/club/bullard-turtle-club.

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We are so proud to be
celebrating 100 years
of an innovation that
truly helped our
country grow.
-Wells Bullard
When should I replace my hard hat?
Industrial head protection devices
do not have an inde inite useful life. A
regular head protection replacement
program should be conducted by
employers as a responsive solution to
the task of addressing service life of
hard hats/caps.
The details of such a program must be
developed based on work conditions at
each jobsite. As a general guideline, many
large corporations replace all employees'
caps every ive years, regardless of the
cap's outward appearance. On average,
the suspension should be replaced
every 12 months.
Where user environments include
higher exposure to temperature extremes, sunlight or chemicals, hard
hats/caps should be replaced automatically after two years of use. This is
based on information and cap samples
returned to Bullard after exposure to
such conditions. In rare instances, a


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