Counterfeit safety helmet warning
29 April 2013
JSP is issuing a stark and urgent warning to procurers, site managers and users of safety helmets to check them immediately to make sure they are genuine, following the discovery of dangerously poor-quality counterfeits.
According to the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the outer shell of the fake helmets, thought to have originated from Asia or the Middle East, can be split in half simply by using pressure from the hands. Burly's claim of meeting British and European Standard EN397 is completely false. The bogus helmets are easily identifiable from the marks "Burly" and "MkII" under the peak.
These helmets are not manufactured by JSP and are copies of JSP's well-known MkII safety helmet, which it has been manufacturing in the UK for over 35 years.
All genuine JSP safety helmets comply with and exceed relevant international performance standards. JSP manufactures helmets under ISO 9001:2008 and under the British Standard Institute's kitemark scheme. JSP is also a member of the BSIF's Registered Safety Supplier Scheme.
To spot a fake helmet, users should make sure JSP's name is branded into the helmet, and ensure that the user information leaflet is original - not a photocopy that is not square on the page - correctly spelled, in multiple languages, and with the manufacturer's contact details listed. Users should also examine the helmet closely for consistency of colour, clarity and legibility of markings and make sure it is durable.