Tuesday this week (June 3rd, 2014) The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) announced that it had received the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014, American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection.
The standard remains essentially unchanged from the last revision that took place in 2009 with the exception of a new designation for hard hats that can be used in high heat environments. The new HL designation is intended to let users know that the head protection has passed the high heat test of 60°C ± 2°C (140°F ± 3.6°F).
While the new standard probably won’t make a difference to most people who need to wear a hard hat for work, it is important for workers in high heat environments like foundries and other job sites where prolonged exposure to high temperatures might affect the integraty of the hard hat.
For more information you can purchase the new standard on the ISEA website.