Translucent sun-protecting safety helmets launched
The see-through safety helmets could be a hit in the Middle East due to improved visibility and greater sunlight protection
A customer of German chemical company BASF has created a see-through safety helmet that improves visibility and provides long-lasting protection against the heat of the sun.
The translucent visor allows workers to look up without tilting their head back, thus providing more visibility than traditional hard-shell protective helmets that are commonplace on construction sites in the Middle East and around the world.
On BASF's official Twitter account on 2 November 2018, the chemical firm said: “A BASF polymer additives customer has developed a revolutionary translucent safety helmet enabled by BASF light stabilisers.”
The light stabilisers include ultraviolet absorbers that help to shield the plastic polymers from sunlight. BASF light stabilisers improve manufacturing productivity as well, the company said.
It is unclear if BASF's Clearview safety helmet will be rolled out in countries such as the UAE, where the German business has been operational since the 1970s, but the see-through safety helmet has been equipped by workers in Australia and Singapore since the launch of the product earlier this year.
BASF says it has been involved in major projects in the UAE during its decades-long history in the country. It has worked on Dubai Creek in the 1980s, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry building in the 1990s, and the Burj Khalifa.
The company is also a founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council.