The color of safety helmet depends on site, department, company, industry, and some times geography.
Generally the color codes of safety helmets in Construction Industry are as below
- White- Any Engineer -( Civil/Mechanical/Electrical), Architect, Surveyors, Any Construction Professional.
- Blue- Supervisors, Masons, Chief Workmen
- Red- Electrical Crew
- Green- Safety, Health, Environment Personnel
- Yellow- Tradesman, Crew, Workers
- Orange- Visitors, Vendors
However, the engineers helmet color is prescribed by the Owner in contract agreement and contractor has to abide. Some times it is prescribed in Site Safety Plan or Safety Rule Book which is prepared by the contractor and approved by the Owner.
When a complex projects like construction of a Metro, Ship Harbor, Township, Airport, Canal Ling of River etc., different contractors work at one place. In such situations to demarcate the engineers of contractors , the helmet color of engineers (cited in SI. No. 1 above) varies and again shall be defined by the owner. Then the colors of helmets in general will be color other than those cited in SI NO. 2 to 6 above such as purple, dark orange, Grey, Black, etc and the white color shall be retained by the Owner, Independent Engineer, Owner’s Engineer and Concessionaire.
But in mechanical or automobile or any manufacturing industry, all men on shop floor wears a yellow helmet irrespective of cadre or degree of responsibility.
You can safely assume, the color of safety helmet for Civil Engineers is White.