With rigorous testing, you can respond with confidence
when wearing an Argus Public Order/Riot Helmet


ARGUS APH05 Public Order/Riot Helmet Testing


Environmental Conditioning

  • Helmets subjected to impact attenuation and penetration tests, and visors subjected for impact and pellet protection tests, are conditioned immediately prior to applicable testing to simulate use in a wide range of climatic conditions (-20C to +50C).

Coverage & Peripheral Vision

  • Measurements are taken to ensure visor coverage of a defined area of the face and to eliminate any obstructions to peripheral vision potentially caused by the helmet or visor mounting.

Hearing Attenuation

  • Ensures that the helmet does not reduce the level of sound reaching the wearer, above defined limits.

Flammable Liquid Trap

  • Inspects the helmet to affirm there are no liquid traps on the exterior of the helmet and that the helmet self-extinguishes within 15 seconds of the test fluid being ignited.

Flame Testing

  • Determines the flame retardant properties of the helmet.

Retention Stability Test

  • Performed to ensure that the helmet does not roll forward over the wearer’s face as a result of an applied force.

Penetration Test

  • Ensures protection from a penetrating attack to the helmet body.

Impact Testing (Attenuation)

  • Assesses resistance capability of impact caused by hand thrown or hand wielded blunt weapons.

Vision Test (Prismatic, Spherical, and Astigmatic Aberration)

  • Testing to assure that vison is not distorted by prismatic, spherical, and/or astigmatic aberration effects introduced by the visor.

Visor Mist Test

  • Assesses the anti-mist properties of the visor. This test is only applicable to visors that are offered with anti-mist properties.

Visor Impact Test

  • Performed to ensure that a known impact will not cause a deformation of the visor which may contact the wearer’s face.

Visor Pellet Test

  • A low mass high velocity projectile test designed to examine impact is completed on all visors.

Visor Solvent Test

  • Tests the visor’s resistance to a solvent of Methyl IsoButyl Ketone (MIBK).

EC Type-Examination Certificate:1991

  • Assessed and examined against 21/04 PSDB Protective Headwear Standard for UK Police (2004). Conforms to Council Directive 89/686/EEC relating to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


ARGUS 017T Public Order/Riot Helmet Testing


Improved Impact Test Method

  • Improved impact test method using ‘dropping headform’ equipment and a greater area of testing on the helmet. Testing is carried out for both shock absorption and penetration.

High Energy Penetration Protection

  • Increased energy applied during penetration testing of the helmet – metal striker with a 3kg mass dropping from 2 meters.

Simulated Weather Conditioning

  • Testing carried out after conditioning the test helmets at +50c or -20c for between 4 and 24 hours.

Ultra Violet Conditioning

  • Subjected to water spray for up to 24 hours, followed by ultra-violet conditioning for 400 hours prior to impact and penetration testing, simulates sunlight and weather factors.

Solvent Conditioning

  • Solvent conditioning is carried out by wiping over all regions of the helmet shell, mountings, fixings, and attachments to simulate contact with solvents paints etc., before testing.

Retention System

  • A two-part test which includes dynamic retention-system strength test and a roll-off test. The dynamic retention-system strength test ensures a limited amount of stretching of the chinstrap and fixings. The roll-off test applies an external dynamic force to roll the helmet off the head in a forward direction to confirm helmet retention under arduous conditions.

Visor Protection and Field of Vision

  • The visor is required to have a minimum area of coverage giving protection against projectiles, solids or liquids, while maintaining a minimum field of vision. A steel ball of 6.35mm diameter is fired at the visor to the front and side at a speed of 12m/second (approximately 270 mph). There must be no failure due to cracks or deformation enabling the visor to come in contact with the headform surface.

Optical Clarity Testing

  • Optical tests are carried out on the visor to ensure enough light passes through and that images are not distorted. The visor is conditioned at +50c before this test is carried out.

Chemical/Flammable Protection

  • To ensure that the helmet and visor protect the wearer against flammable liquids, the helmet is set up on a headform and a flammable solvent mixture is poured over the helmet crow, ignited and allowed to burn. There should be no flame or burning after 10 seconds, and the assembly is then inspected for any degradation or hazard to the wearer. A second test consists of applying a propane gas flame to various parts of the helmet for a period of 30 seconds. The helmet should not continue to burn for more than 5 seconds after removal of the flame.