InSite | What's your colour? Safety Helmet Colours Standard



Earlier this year, Build UK released a new  and Training Standards, drafted with the full support of its members, to ensure best practice and safety on all construction projects across the UK.


What the colour coding system means:


The colour coding system has been set up to make it easier to identify on-site personnel, improve communication and safety on-site.


Training Standard


The Training Standard was developed in response to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recommendation to require and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, this will help contractors assess the competence of construction workers and their eligibility to work on-site.


White hard hat - Typically you’ll see site managers, foremen, engineers, and supervisors wear the white hard hat.


Yellow hard hat - Worn by general labourers and earth moving operators.


Blue hard hat - Technical operators, such as carpenters and electricians will typically wear blue hard hats.


Green hard hat - These are most typically worn by safety inspectors, but are sometimes worn by probationary staff.


Orange hard hat - Traffic marshalls, slingers / signalers and lifting operatives wear orange hard hats.


Red hard hat - Fire marshals are usually found in red hard hats.


Brown hard hat - Workers who usually conduct high heat applications like welders wear brown hard hats.


Grey hard hat - Site visitors wear grey hard hats.


What to check on your hard hat


Check 1 – Is the person undertaking a construction occupation and do they need to hold a card?


Check 2 – Does the card carry a CSCS logo and is it in date?


Check 3 – Does the name and photograph on the card match the person presenting it?


Check 4 – Are the occupation and colour of the card correct for the role being undertaken on-site?


Check 5 – Is any additional training card required?


Julie White, Chairman of the Training and Skills Leadership Group, said


“We’ve had some great, open discussion at our Build UK member forums and it’s fantastic to see the new industry standards provide clear and practical help for everyone working on-site, showing that by improving our working relationships and using our collective voice, we can make a real difference to the industry.”