Beware! Different Meaning on Safety Helmet Color

By. Fita Indah Maulani

A coworker tells of his first experience working in the field. He gets a reprimand for wearing the wrong safety helmet. Yes, you must use a safety helmet when working in the field or visiting project sites. Not because of the shape, but the color of the helmet he wore had the potential to cause misunderstanding.

He who came as a guest chose to wear a yellow helmet because he liked the color. In fact, at the project site/field, a yellow helmet indicates that a user is a person who works as a sub-contractor or general worker.

Learning from these mistakes and preventing embarrassing things like that is the meaning of helmet colors that need to be known.

A yellow safety helmet indicates the user is a sub-contractor or general worker. Of course, there are more numbers on a general worker project, so you will often find workers with this helmet color than any other color.

The blue safety helmet shows the specific field of work related to electricity (electrical contractors). It could also indicate that the wearer is a temporary supervisor or site supervisor.

Brown safety helmets use by workers associated with high heat, such as welding workers. Usually, the helmet’s material and shape is different from other colored helmets.


Environmental supervisors usually use green safety helmets.


Corporate guests intended to wear an orange safety helmet.


Foreman, engineer, supervisor, or manager level is wearing a white safety helmet.


Safety officers were responsible for checking that the safety system is installed and functioning according to established standards using a red safety helmet.


Guidelines for safety helmet color standards apply internationally, with some adjustments in each country. Don’t forget always to use a safety helmet and other K3 devices to prevent work accidents.

Remember, work accidents not only cause death, material loss, morale, and environmental damage but can affect productivity and welfare.