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Snell Helmet Safety Standards

Since its founding in 1957, the Snell Memorial Foundation has independently tested manufacturer's helmets. Its first safety standards for protective headgear were issued for auto racing in 1959. Subsequently, other specific helmet standards for motorcycling, equestrian sports, bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing, and karting have been issued. These standards address performance, not specific materials or design. Periodically, utilizing specially designed test equipment, the Foundation upgrades its specifications on performance characteristics of helmets to keep pace with advances in materials, helmet technology and design. Get Adobe reader

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  SA2015 SA2015 2015 Helmet Standard For Use in Competitive Automotive Sports pdf file (866 KB)new window SA2015 Release Notes new window
  M2015 M2015 2015 Helmet Standard For Use in Motorcycling pdf file (1.6 MB)new window M2015 cover
Custom fitted helmets policy
Custom fitted helmets memorandum
  M2010 M2010 2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Motorcycling pdf file (725 KB)new window M2010 Release Schedule
  SA2010 SA/K2010 2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Competitive Automotive Sports & 2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Kart Racing pdf file (491 KB)new window SA/K2010 Release Schedule
SAH2010 Addendum 2010 Addendum to SA2010 for the addition of frontal head restraint systems.
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SA/K2005 SA/K2005 2005 Helmet Standard For Use in Competitive Automotive Sports &
2005 Helmet Standard For Use in Kart Racing
  CMR/CMS2007 CMR/CMS2007 2007 Snell/FIA Helmet Standards For Use in Children's Motorsports    pdf file (710KB)new window
K-98 K-98  1998 Helmet Standard For Use in Karting pdf file (1398 KB)new window
L-98 L-98 1998 Helmet Standard For Use With Mopeds and Low Powered Vehicles
B-90A B-90A 1998 Augmentation to B-90 Standard pdf file (69 KB)new window
B-95 B-95 1995 Bicycle Helmet Standard. 1998 revision  pdf file (925 KB)new window
B-95A B-95A 1998 Addendum to B-95 and N-94 Standards pdf file (13 KB)new window
B-90/95C B-90/95C 1998 Addendum to B-90/95 for Children Four Years and Under pdf file (132 KB)new window
B-90TT/95TT B-90TT/B-95TT Addendum to B90A and B95A Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling (Time Trial racing) pdf file (132 KB)new window
E2001 E2001 2001 Helmet Standard For Use in Horseback Riding pdf file (194 KB)new window
H2000 H2000 2000 Helmet Standard For Use in Harness Racing pdf file (119 KB)new window
N-94 N-94 1994 Helmet Standard For Use in Non-Motorized Activities
RS-98 RS-98 1998 Helmet Standard For Use in  Recreational Skiing & Snowboarding pdf file (1363 KB)new window
S-98 S-98 1998 Helmet Standard For Use in Skiing
Previous Snell Standardstoggle prev stds
Draft Snell Standardstoggle draft stds
NX2003 NX2003 2003 Helmet Standard For Use in extreme sports (non-motorized). pdf file (421 KB)new window