PROTECTOR Technologies has launched a new and improved bump cap on the Australian and New Zealand occupational health and safety markets.
The First Base Cap Plus is 100 per cent Australian designed and described by product manager Michael Syme as a “unique concept”.
"While not a substitute for safety helmets, this is an excellent complementary product," he said. "It provides protection against all sorts of minor scrapes and bumps in addition to protection from the sun.”
The First Base Cap Plus, distributed by Protector Safety Supply , looks like a normal baseball cap, but incorporates a hard protective shell, which is made from recycled plastic.
The cloth cap is made from cotton/polyester, is machine washable and can be embossed or embroidered in company logos. The cap also features ventilation holes and the design makes it suitable for wearing with earmuffs.
Protector Technologies has identified a large market for the cap and already has interest from the police force, paper manufacturers, tool makers, customs officers, and plumbers.
"We have even been approached by a Queensland company for its mechanics, who are unable to wear hardhats when working under trucks, yet still need head protection," Mr Syme said.
"Over the past five years, there has been an increasingly strong take-up of protective headwear, as evidenced by statistics collected by the National Occupational Health & Safety Commission.
“Since 1995/1996, the number of ‘non-major’ head injuries among trades people has fallen steadily, with around 3400 nationally reported in 1999/2000. But it still highlights the enormous need for protection."
The company has an international patent pending for the product and plans to launch the cap in overseas markets such as the UK and USA.