Choosing a Blast Helmet: An Informative Buyer Guide 

Ensuring the safety of operators is a crucial requirement for any abrasive blasting project due to the dangerous nature of the environment. 

Perhaps the most critical consideration when protecting the operator is the choice of blasting respirator, widely referred to as a blast helmet, which provides the purpose of protecting the operator's breathing area.

With many different helmets available on the market, it can be extremely difficult to choose the one most suitable to your project needs...

The Key Criteria When Choosing a Blast Helmet 

When it comes to choosing a blast helmet, Elcometer believe there are two key criteria:

1) The ability to protect the operator from dangerous hazards within the blast environment.

2) The ability to enable maximum productivity by causing minimal disruptions and making it easier to get the job done.

As a leading supplier of GVS-RPB Safety Equipment, we will review, in this dedicated article, how helmets within the Elcometer catalogue compare against the key criteria listed.

A comparison of Blast Helmets Available in The Elcometer Catalogue

Elcometer Performance blast pots have a maximum working pressure of 12bar

Astro™ Blast Helmet

Considered as the range’s ‘entry-level’, economical option, this classically designed flat lens helmet provides unbeatable value without compromising safety.

Weighing just 2.6lbs (1.2kgs), the helmet prevents operator strain, reducing fatigue and allowing blasters to work for longer.

Its low lifetime maintenance and part replacement costs make it ideal for contractors looking for a helmet which provides minimal fuss or thrills.

Compliant with many International Safety Standards, including: ISO9001, NIOSH, CE2797, UKCA 0086, SAR Type CE, EN14594:2005 4B, AS/NZS 1716:2012, BMP# 714303 and more...

Nova 2000® Blast Helmet

Available upon request, the Nova 2000® Blast Helmet features a tough helmet shell and is, in many ways, built similar to the Astro Helmet.

One key design enhancement is the inclusion of a wrap around lens which improves operator vision to provide greater control of the blast area.

The helmet is the ideal choice for contractors looking to take their next step to increasing productivity.

Compliant with most International Safety Standards, including: ISO9001, NIOSH, SAR, ANSI Z89.1, ANSI Z87+, CE 2797,  UKCA 0086, EN14594:2005 4B, BSI, AS/NZS 1716:2012,  BMP# 714303 and more...

Elcometer Performance blast pots have a maximum working pressure of 12bar
Elcometer Performance blast pots have a maximum working pressure of 12bar

Nova 3® Blast Helmet

The world’s most advanced blasting helmet, the Nova 3® is safe by design, offering best-in-class comfort and providing optimal productivity.

Featuring the industry’s only ‘motorcycle fit’ design, the helmet moves with the operator’s head whilst its large viewing window providing optimal downward and peripheral vision. 

A key safety advantage provided by this blast helmet is the ability to protect the operator's hearing as it reduces noise by up to 33 decibels.

Further maximising productivity through its individually pre-folded visor tabs, the design ensures you only tear off one lens at a time. It is ideal for contractors searching for a helmet which enables ultimate performance and maximum safety.

Certified to all international safety standards: ISO9001, NIOSH, SAR Type CE / PAPR Type C, ANSI Z89.1, ANSI Z87+, CE 2797, EN14594:2005 4B, EN12941:1998, +A2:2008 TH3 P R SL, EN397:2012+A1:2012 EN166:2001 CLASS 1B, AS/NZS 1716:2012, BMP# 714303, AS/NZS 1337.1:2010, BMP# 71430 and more...

Need more information on which blast helmet you should choose?

Contact an Elcometer Expert today for tailored advice on the requirements of your upcoming blast projects...