Riding Hat Standards

In 2016, hats bearing the EN 1384 standard only will not be allowed in AIRE Approved Riding Centres or in Irish Pony Club, AIRC or Eventing Ireland competitions throughout Ireland. 

From 1st January 2016, riding hats must have either: PAS 015 or Snell E2001 or ASTM F1163 or AS/NZS3838 2003 or VG1 01.040 2014-12.

Note from Health & Safety Authority Website

The Health and Safety Authority wishes to advise that the European Commission has informed member states that standard EN 1384:2012 (Helmets for Equestrian Activities) is no longer a harmonised standard under the Directive 89/686/EEC on Personal Protective Equipment.

This means that EN 1384:2012 can no longer be used to support CE marking of helmets by manufacturers: therefore helmets marked with reference to EN 1384:2012 only do not provide an adequate level of safety.

Consequently it is advised that all new helmets being placed on the market should be checked to ensure that they are manufactured to higher standards than EN 1384:2012(see Commission decision below).  Helmets in use should be checked to ensure that they also meet higher standards than EN 1384:2012. 

For further information please see:

https://www.beta-uk.org/pages/news-amp-events/news/european-riding-helmet-standard-withdrawn.php

https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Safety_Alerts/2014/Equestrian_Helmets/

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