MOUNTAINEERING / INDUSTRIAL HELMETS AND VISORS

APPLICABLE STANDARDS: EN 397 / EN 12492 / EN 166


6X941, 6X942, 6X943, 6X944, 6X945, 6X946, 6X947, 6X948, 6X949, 6X951, 6X952, 6X957, 6X959

Carrying out regular periodic checks (at intervals predetermined by the manufacturer) is vital for ensuring the equipment’s efficiency and durability and the user’s safety. Carrying out periodical controls doesn’t relieve the user nor from the obligation to perform the controls before and after each use, neither to require an extraordinary periodic check, in case an outstanding event occurs (ex. a fall, even from a low height, a change of user etc.), or in case of doubts about the correct functioning of the device. Attention! The examiner, after carrying out the periodical check, has the responsibility of the good functioning of a PPE. The check must br performed with the highest accuracy, without haste and after completing all the necessary steps: this is the only way to avoid useless risks.

The regular periodic checks must be carried out:

  • every 12 months, with normal/standard use;
  • every 6 months in the case of intense use or in aggressive environments (ex. marine environment);
  • in case an anomaly has been found during the checks before and after each use;
  • every time there is a change of user;
  • filling in the sheet for the periodic check stated on the user’s instructions, or the one included in the present manual;
  • only by the manufacturer or by a skilled person authorized by the manufacturer.

The sheet for the periodic check must be completed:

  • following the instructions as described in the specific checking procedure of each device (check for latest updates on the site ppe.climbingtechnology.com);
  • consulting the photographs at the end of each procedure;
  • consulting the instructions for using the device, if necessary downloading them from: www.climbingtechnology.com;
  • examining the device in a suitable well-lit and tidy workshop.

The annul sheet for the periodic check is composed by a check list where the output of the ispection must be indicated, for each stage of the procedure:

OK
The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.

TO BE DISCARDED
The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.

TO BE CHECKED
The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.

REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT
It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.

Note carefully!

  • Each device can be composed both by primary elements (having structural / safety functions) and by secondary elements (having accessory functions): upon examiner’s discretion, the damages existing on secondary elements could have less importance in causing the unsuitability of the device. The primary and secondary parts of each PPE are listed in the relevant checking procedure.
  • The information on the model, code, serial number, year of manufacture and applicable norm/standard(s) can be found on the device in the position shown in the instructions for use.
  • The service life of the device is indicated in the instructions for use which must be attached to the periodic check sheet.
  • Prior to the check the device should be adequately cleaned as described in the instructions for use. A dirty device can be declared unfit for use because it cannot be inspected properly

At the end of the checking procedure the device can be declares: FIT FOR USE, UNFIT FOR USE, TO BE CHECKED. In this last case, the slight defects, to which must be paid attention during the checks before and after use, shall be indicated in the notes. The examiner can decide, at its discretion, to schedule the successive periodical control of the device within a shorter lapse of time than the forecasted 12 or 6 months.

Checking procedures

Nomenclature

PRIMARY ELEMENTS: internal and external shell, straps, headband, rivets, stitching and parts for adjusting fit.

SECONDARY ELEMENTS: /

REPLACEABLE PARTS: head torch clip, ear defender supports, visor, visor supports, padding

1) HISTORY AND GENERAL CHECK

1.1 – Check the existence and the readability of the marking details, in particular the CE symbol and the applicable EN norm/standard.

1.2 – Check that device has not exceeded the storage and/or in-use lifetime.

1.3 – Check that the device is intact and no parts are missing (check against a new product).

1.4 – Check that the device has not been modified outside the factory or serviced in a non-approved centre.

1.5 – Check that the device has not experienced an exceptional event (e.g. fall from height, violent blow, etc.). Even in the absence of visible defects or deterioration, the original strength could be seriously reduced.

2) VISUAL CHECK

2.1 – CHECKING THE EXTERNAL SHELL

  • Check the state of the shell, making sure it is not damaged and that there are no cracks, deformations, wear or traces of chemical substances. Make sure there are no unauthorised stickers. If stickers prevent the visual checking of the shell the helmet shall be declared UNFIT for use.

2.2 – CHECKING THE INTERNAL SHELL

  • Before this check, remove all the internal padding that can be removed. Check the condition of the polystyrene shell, making sure it is not damaged and that there are no cracks, deformations, wear or traces of chemical substances.

2.3 – CHECKING STRAPS

  • Check the straps. Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads, wear, burn marks or traces of chemical substances. Make sure you check as well the parts of straps hidden by buckles, elastic retaining loops, padding or other parts of the system.

2.4 – CHECKING STITCHING

  • Check the straps’ stitching. Make sure there are no loose or pulled threads, wear, abrasions or traces of chemical substances.

2.5 – CHECKING THE HEADBAND

  • Check the headband, making sure there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances. Make sure you check as well the parts hidden by padding or other parts of the system.

2.6 – CHECKING RIVETS

  • Check that the rivets connecting the straps and the headband are securely fixed to the external shell.

2.7 – CHECKING THE PARTS THAT ADJUST THE HELMET’S FIT

  • UNDERCHIN STRAP – Check the integrity of the strap, and that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances. If the male strap is broken: the damaged male strap can be replaced.
  • HEADBAND ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM – Check the integrity of the system, and that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances.. The headband adjustment knob may be replaced if damaged.
  • STRAP RETAINING LOOPS – Check the integrity of retaining loops, and that that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances.

2.8 – CHECKING THE SYSTEM FOR ATTACHING ACCESSORIES (REPLACEABLE NON-STRUCTURAL PARTS)

  • HEADTORCH CLIP (IF PRESENT) – Check the integrity, the attachment to the shell, and that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances.
  • EAR DEFENDER SUPPORTS (IF PRESENT) – Check the integrity, the attachment to the shell, and that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances.
  • VISOR SUPPORTS (IF PRESENT) – Check the integrity, the attachment to the shell, and that there are no cuts, cracks, wear or traces of chemical substances.

2.9 – CHECKING PADDING (REPLACEABLE NON-STRUCTURAL PARTS)

  • Check the condition of the padding. Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads or traces of chemical substances. Check also the stitching securing the pudding.

3) FUNCTIONAL CHECK

3.1 – FASTENING AND UNDERCHIN ADJUSTMENT

  • The strap should run without sticking through the buckle and retaining loops.
  • Fasten the buckle and forcefully pull on the straps either side. For EN 12492 helmets, the buckle should not open and the strap should not slip through the buckle while for EN 397 helmets the buckle should open under a force of 15 daN to 24 daN.

3.2 – CHECKING HEADBAND ADJUSTMENT

  • Rotate the adjustment knob in both directions to make sure that the headband gets larger and smaller as you turn the knob.
  • Tighten the regulator and try to lengthen the headband by pulling on either side of the regulator. The headband should remain fixed.

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OK The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.
TO BE DISCARDED The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.
TO BE CHECKED The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.
REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.
  • General deformation of the shell: material shows signs of having been weakened.a.


    General deformation of the shell: material shows signs of having been weakened.


  • Point impact damage to shell.


    Cracking near aeration holes.


  • Shell with very clear cuts.


    Shell with medium-severity cuts.


  • Shell with signs of burning.


    Head torch support broken.


  • Head torch support missing, compromised attachment points for headband and its supporting strap.


    Ear defender support on shell is unusable.


    Replace with suitable spare part.

  • Visor support broken.


    Replace with suitable spare part.

    Adjustment separator broken.


  • Female fastening clip broken..


    Male fastening clip has part missing


    Replace with suitable spare part.

  • Headband adjustment mechanism has damaged teeth and doesn’t stay in position.


    Threads unravelling from strap.


  • Calotta interna in polistirolo rotta in diversi punti.


    Internal polystyrene shell broken in several places.


  • Visor with slight cuts at the side.


    Visor with cuts and abrasions.


  • Headband damaged through contact with hot object.


    Shell shows impact damage in one place.


  • Shell with very evident cuts.


    Shell with very evident cuts.


  • Shell with slight cutting.


    Shells with burns from a hot object.


  • Polystyrene internal shell is not sitting centrally: the central attachment point is visible.


    Missing headband padding.


  • Adjustment separator broken.


    Adjustment strap shows clear signs of burning.


  • Adjustment strap with sign of cut on the edge.


    Adjustment strap shows clear signs of abrasion..