The Importance of Safety Footwear in the Workplace

The usage of safety boots and shoes in the workplace is certainly not a new thing, especially in the case of steel reinforced toe caps.

Injuries to the feet are fairly common in the workplace and are to blame for 12% of industrial injuries. The law says that in specific dangerous work environments the company would have to provide the employee with appropriate safety footwear, but it is also often the worker's duty to be certain they're wearing the appropriate safety footwear for their specific workplace.

In the construction industry, metal toe caps are regularly used, whilst in catering industry and other food related areas employees need to be wearing non slip shoes and in environments where there's lots of large electric equipment non conductive footwear is needed.

Here are some of the common safety features used in safety footwear today:

Safety BootsSteel/composite toe caps - they are used to shield feet and toes from injury caused by heavy items dropping on the toes.

Metatarsal guards - these are also to protect the bones of the feet from crush damage from heavy weights, they can be found either integrated into protective footgear or fitted separately.

Penetration resistant midsoles – The sole is made with a hardened material in it such as steel or a composite material to protect the wearer from underfoot punctures due to sharp objects like nails.

Slip resistant soles – Safety footwear that is created to be non-slip, for use in environments where flooring may be wet or slippery.

Whenever possible, it is always preferable to wear leather or canvas shoes in place of artificial materials since natural materials permit the feet to breathe far better, helping to prevent the accumulation of perspiration inside of the shoes which can result in the shoes slipping off which can in turn bring about serious injuries. In addition to this, natural materials will help reduce the aggravation of athlete's foot.

Sweaty feet are clearly a problem, anything that can be done to prevent rubbing, sores, skin rashes and fungal infections is advantageous, it is a good plan to encourage employees to bring spare socks (ideally natural rather than artificial fibres) so they are able to change socks during the day.

You've got to be certain the footwear fits perfectly, because if not they might give rise to corns, blisters and ankle injuries brought about by the foot slipping out of the shoe. Furthermore, there is a risk of long-lasting misalignment to the bones of the feet. All of these difficulties are simple to prevent if you just take the time to make sure that feet are accurately measured and the shoes are tried on to be certain they fit and do not rub at all. The shoes you opt for need to grant free motion of the toes, and are a good fit on the heel.

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