Swedish helmet safety firm MIPS has teamed up with industrial safety firm Guardio to offer the world’s first hard hat with a MIPS brain protection system.
Already popular among motorcycle and bicycle helmet manufacturers, MIPS (which stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System) has developed its brain protection system after more than 20 years of research with the Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska University in Stockholm.
Now the firm is targeting the construction industry’s hard hat, citing figures from the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that the construction sector has the greatest number of both fatal and non-fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in US workplaces.
Guardio has partnered with MIPS to create the Armet helmet, which will be available from June this year.
The helmet will feature the MIPS brain protection system, which is designed to reduce the rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion can affect the brain and increase the risk of minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain, the company claimed.
“We are very excited about the partnership with Guardio which means that we now can add protection to safety helmets as well,” said Max Strandwitz, CEO of MIPS. “This is a new category for us but a category that MIPS have been looking at for a long time. Guardio is a partner that shares our values and we are looking forward to when the helmet will be released on the market.”