Intertek operates a state-of-the-art ISO 17025 accredited and United States Consumer Product Safety Commission approved helmet, headgear, and head protection laboratory that tests helmets and other protective headgear products for a variety industries, occupations, and activities. Our specialized equipment evaluates the performance of the following products:

  • Hardhats
  • Tactical Helmets (Riot Protection)
  • Athletic Helmets for Team Sports (Baseball, Hockey, Football, Lacrosse)
  • Outdoor Recreation Helmets (Skiing, Horseback Riding, Roller Skating)
  • Bicycle Helmets
  • Fire Helmets

Intertek’s specializes in the evaluating of the performance of protective helmets for a variety of tests, including top impact resistance, penetration and puncture resistance, heat and thermal shrinkage resistance, field of view, resistance to electric current, retention, label durability and legibility, and many other mechanical and/or environmental tests.

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Intertek also provides third-party ISO 17025 test reports for both the verification and qualification of your products. Together with the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) – an ANSI Accredited organization – we offer an accredited third-party testing and/or certification solution to ensure your Protective Helmet not only complies with industry recognized performance standards but is subject to Quality Assurance audits conducted by SEI. This makes your products eligible to bear the SEI Mark, recognized throughout the PPE industry for more than 35 years.

Below are some of the product-specific testing standards offered at Intertek:


  • ANSI Z89.1 – American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection
  • CSA Z94.1 – Industrial Protective Headwear (Canada)

Tactical Helmets:

  • NIJ 0104.2 – Police Riot Head Protection (Helmets, Face Shields)

Athletic Helmets and Headgear for Team Sports, and Outdoor Recreation:

  • ASTM F513 – Standard Specification for Eye and Face Protective Equipment for Hockey Players
  • ASTM F1045 – Standard Performance Specification for Ice Hockey Helmets
  • ASTM F1587 – Standard Specification for Head and Face Protective Equipment for Ice Hockey Goaltenders
  • ASTM F1446 – Standard Test Methods for Equipment and Procedures Used in Evaluating the Performance Characteristics of Protective Headgear
  • ASTM F1163 – Protective Headgear Used in Horse Sports and Horseback Riding
  • ASTM F1492 – Helmets Used in Skateboarding and Trick Roller Skating
  • ISO 10256 – Protective equipment for use in ice hockey
  • CSA Z262.1 – Ice Hockey Helmets
  • CSA Z262.2 – Face protectors for use in ice hockey
  • NOCSAE ND001 – Standard Drop Test Method & Equipment Used in Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Protective Headgear
  • NOCSAE ND002 – Football Helmets
  • NOCSAE ND006 – Youth Football Helmets
  • NOCSAE ND021 – Standard Projectile Impact Testing Method Used for Evaluating Performance of Protective Headgear, Faceguards, Projectiles
  • NOCSAE ND022 – Baseball & Softball Helmets
  • NOCSAE ND024 – Baseball & Softball Catcher’s Helmets with Faceguards
  • NOCSAE ND029 – Baseball & Softball Fielder’s Headgear
  • NOCSAE ND030 – Hockey Helmets
  • NOCSAE ND041 – Lacrosse Helmets with Faceguards
  • NOCSAE ND045 – Lacrosse Face Protectors
  • NOCSAE ND050 – Polo Helmets /
  • NOCSAE ND055 – Helmet-Mounted Polo Eye Protection
  • NOCSAE ND072 – Baseball & Softball Batter’s Helmet-Mounted Faceguards
  • NOCSAE ND087 – Football Faceguards

Bicycle Helmets (United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Approved):

  • ASTM F1447 – Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating
  • 16 CFR Part 1203 – CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets

Fire Helmets:

  • NFPA 1951 – Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Incidents
  • NFPA 1971 – Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting
  • NFPA 1977 – Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting
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