To assist the person responsible for repair and maintenance of helmet,
NOCSAE has developed a
number of guidelines to observe when inspecting helmets. There may be
other things you want to
check as this list is not intended to cover every observation which may
be made. NOCSAE
recommends that a periodic inspection of all helmets be made and that
they be periodically retested
under the NOCSAE recertification program.
Suggested Inspection Check List
1. Check helmet fit for agreement with manufacturer’s instructions and
2. Examine shell for cracks particularly noting any cracks around holes
(where most cracks start)
and replace any helmet that has cracks. DO NOT USE A HELMET WITH
A CRACKED SHELL.
3. Examine all mounting rivets, screws, Velcro and snaps for breakage,
distortion and/or looseness. Repair as necessary.
4. Replace face guards if there is a broken weld, or if guard is grossly
5. Examine for helmet completeness, and replace any parts, which have
become damaged, such as sweatbands, internal parts, and chinstraps.
6. Replace jaw pads when damaged. Check for proper installation and
fit. - Different size jaw pads are available to assist in fitting the helmet.
7. Examine chinstrap for proper adjustment and inspect to see if it is
broken or stretched out of shape. Also, check hardware to see if it
8. Read instructions provided by manufacturer regarding care and
maintenance procedures. Always follow these instructions:
CAUTION: Only paints, waxes, decals or cleaning agents approved by
the manufacturer are to be used on any helmet. It is possible to get a
severe or delayed reaction by using unauthorized materials, which could
permanently damage the helmet shell and affect its safety performance.
• Check Foam/Air/Liquid
• Check foam padding for proper placement and any deterioration.
• Check for cracks in vinyl/rubber covering of air, foam, and liquid
• Check that protective system or foam padding has not been altered or
• Check for proper amount of inflation in air padded helmets. Follow
manufacturer’s recommended practice for adjusting air pressure at the
• Check all rivets, screws, Velcro and snaps to assure they are properly
fastened and holding protective parts.
If any of the above inspections indicate a need for repair and/or
replacement, notify your coach.
THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. NEVER WEAR A DAMAGED HELMET!