The yellow hats are no more.

This symbol, which has been featured on TV shows such as Bob the Builder, is apparently being dropped. Build UK instead are introducing a new line of colour coded hats to differentiate between the different job positions on the site.

From 2017, staff working on motorways and A-roads will be required to wear coloured hard hats. The colour of these hats will then correlate with the individual’s job position on site. Supervisors will be wearing black. Slingers and signallers will be in orange. And site managers (like Bob the Builder himself) will be required to wear white. Visitors will also be differentiated with designated blue hats.

According to health and safety strategy managers though, this new system will increase coordination and communication whilst reducing risks. The use of colour coding will also help those working on the site to recognise those who “might not know about the hazards and risks,” according to managers.

But that’s not all, American companies have also recently introduced trackers to their hard hats to apparently “improve productivity”. Take a look at the full report here and whether this could soon be coming to the UK.

All in all, hard hats are in the spotlight at the minute. But what do you think? Do you think this system is necessary? Let us know in the comments below.


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