First WaveCel hard hat strives to provide workers with better protection against traumatic brain injury

PORTLAND, Oregon., March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The basic design of hard hats hasn’t changed in over 50 years, until now. Today, WaveCel announces a new line of hard hats created to better protect workers against traumatic brain injury (TBI), one of the leading workplace injuries resulting from slips, falls and blows to the head from falling. or moving objects. A hard hat is required on the job by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration when there is a possible risk of head injury and is a worker’s first line of defense against the BIT. Backed by reliable science and rigorous testing, WaveCel is a space cellular structure that lines the interior of the hard hat and is made from a pliable material that absorbs the energy of an impact to the head in multiple ways superior. The WaveCel hard hat is designed for various industries including construction, engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, mining, gas, oil and forestry.

Proudly made in the USA, WaveCel made its debut in the sports industry with Treks bike helmets and Burton ski and snowboard helmets. In sports helmets, WaveCel has been proven to absorb up to 73% more rotational force caused by a blow to the head and can reduce the predicted risk of a concussion by up to 98% [1].

“For over 15 years, our team has been dedicated to finding the safest head protection, especially since there has been little to no advancement in hard hat technology in five decades,” said WaveCel co-founder and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang. . “The WaveCel hard hat has been meticulously tested and strategically designed to provide increased safety for employees working in environments where the risk of TBI is high.”

All hard hats are NOT created equal. In fact, work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 18% of the estimated 1.7 million TBIs that occur in the United States each year. [2] and can cost anywhere from $600,000 for $1.8 million By case [3]. The construction industry faces the most occupational TBIs of any industry in the United States, accounting for 25% of all work-related TBIs [4]. Hard hats were originally designed to protect against skull fractures caused by objects falling from above, but do not take into account the rotational force and impact of slips and falls, which are much more common and may carry a higher risk. WaveCel is a network of hundreds of interconnected shock absorbers that attenuate impact through three main mechanisms: deformation, flex and slide. Cells crumple to absorb linear forces. More importantly, they also flex and slide to alleviate rotational forces.

“You only get one brain, and even one head injury is one too many,” Dr. Steve Madey, co-founder of WaveCel and orthopedic surgeon. “The reality is that accidents do happen and the physical ramifications of a head injury can be long lasting and debilitating. At WaveCel, we are committed to shining a light on the impact of TBI and making the workplace more safe for all.”

Offering the same unprecedented level of protection, there are two different WaveCel hard hat models – the WaveCel T2+ PRO and the WaveCel T2+ MAX. The WaveCel T2+ PRO is a non-ventilated safety helmet perfect for workers in the electrical industry. The WaveCel T2+ MAX is a vented option for those looking for increased airflow for all-day wear. While most hard hats in the industry are only Type I certified, both WaveCel hard hats not only meet Type II standard requirements, but also go the extra mile to protect against rotational forces as well as side impacts. WaveCel hard hats are not only designed with safety in mind, but also comfort and ease of use. Key features include:

  • Low profile – The lowest profile available on the market with a dome approximately 1 inch lower than that of a standard hard hat. The WaveCel liner eliminates the need for the large air space at the crown that traditional helmets need to absorb impacts.
  • 360º Protection: The WaveCel dome lines the entire shell, crown and sides, which is essential in providing Type II level protection against side and crown impacts. Both models are also designed with a full brim to provide even more protection on all sides.
  • Lightweight: All WaveCel helmets weigh less than 500g for all-day comfort.
  • Breathable – Unlike insulating impact foams, WaveCel is porous, allowing air to flow freely through 93% of the WaveCel dome. This unique structure keeps workers cool while working.
  • Comfort lining – The WaveCel dome and headband are lined with soft foam and moisture-wicking, antibacterial microfiber textile to keep workers’ heads comfortable and dry.
  • Accessories – To meet the needs of workers, hard hats feature rails and slots that universally integrate third-party accessories such as headlamps, face shields, earmuffs and pen holders.
  • Chin rest – The optional four-point chin strap is made of soft nylon fabric and has a magnetic FIDLOCK® buckle that securely locks and releases with a one-handed “snap” motion.
  • 360 fit system – The system cradles the head circumferentially and comfortably fits all sizes with an oversized dial that is easy to grip with gloves.
  • Customizable – Hard hats can be customized with front or side graphics and are available in three standard colors: white, black and blue as well as two high visibility colors: yellow and orange.

WaveCel has been rigorously tested in the state-of-the-art Helmet Impact Testing (HIT) facility at the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory in Portland, OR. The team – made up of engineers, surgeons, scientists and researchers – tested the helmet with more than three times the impact force of traditional testing methods.

“Having been involved since day one, we are very pleased and honored to support WaveCel as they launch this innovative new hard hat technology,” said Ted ReePresident of TPR Industrial, WaveCel’s exclusive U.S. launch partner “Their patented and revolutionary products are uniquely positioned to succeed in multiple vertical markets, and we are excited to be a part of their North American distribution plans. “

WaveCel hard hats are Type II certified to ANSI Z87.1 (United States). The new WaveCel helmets, the WaveCel T2+ PRO and the WaveCel T2+ MAX, will be available for purchase from and launch from TPR Industrial.

WaveCel products will begin shipping between the second and third quarters of 2022 with prices ranging from $169$189. Pre-orders are now being accepted at and

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About WaveCel
WaveCel is based in Oregon and was founded in 2016 by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Madey and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang. WaveCel is a space cell structure helmet liner that absorbs up to 73% more rotational force caused by a blow to the head and thus reduces the predicted risk of concussion by up to 98% compared to standard helmets.[1] The technology debuted in 2019, creating waves in the sports industry with Trek Bicycle adopting WaveCel in its bicycle helmets and Burton using it in ski/snowboard helmets. In 2020, the Bontrager WaveCel helmet was named “Best Inventions of 2020” by TIME magazine. At WaveCel, we seek out the safest helmet technology, because one head injury is one too many. Learn more at and on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Data sources
[1] Bliven et al., Accident Analysis and Prevention 2019; 124:58–65
[2] Toccalino et al., Occup Environ Med 2020; 0:1-8
[3] Fu et al., Can J Neurol Sci. 2016 (43):238-247
[4] Tiesman, et al., Am J Prev Med 2011;41(1):61-67


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