What to look out for when buying a GAA Helmet

October 17, 2022

Do you know what to look out for when buying a GAA helmet? The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) are partnering to warn consumers of the risks of unsafe GAA helmets and to highlight the key safety tips to be aware of when buying one. Wearing an unsafe GAA helmet can mean serious risk of injury if a player is hit by a hurley or sliotar. 

To lower the risk of a serious accident such as concussion, facial or eye injury, the advice to consumers is to be aware of the following safety checks when purchasing a helmet;  

  • Assembled helmet: A safe helmet should arrive already assembled. You should not need to attach a faceguard 
  • CE Marking: If there is no CE mark, don’t buy it. Also look out for any signs of poor quality, such as misspellings on the branding 
  • Obvious dangers: Watch out for sharp edges, sharp points, rough surfaces, or protruding screws. Do not wear your helmet if you find any of these dangers 
  • modification: Do not modify your helmet in any way after you buy it. Do not cut a hole in, or remove, the faceguard 

Some further tips when purchasing a GAA helmet include;  

  • Reputable retailer: Buy from reputable and trustworthy retail channels 
  • Caution if purchasing online: Be particularly careful if you are thinking of buying from an online marketplace or social media platform 
  • Safety marks and information: Once the helmet is delivered, make sure the product displays the CE mark and the name, location and contact details of the manufacturer 
  • EU business: Where possible buy from a business based in the EU for stronger consumer rights if there does turn out to be an issue with your helmet 

You can download the consumer guidance on helmet safety for full details of the associated safety risks of wearing a faulty helmet, as well as information on what to do next if they suspect they have purchased an unsafe helmet. 

If you have safety concerns about a helmet you’ve already purchased, stop using the product immediately and contact our consumer helpline on 01 402 5555 / ask@ccpc.ie or contact the manufacturer or retailer with details of any faults or issues. 

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