Guidelines for the right choice

A guide to choosing the right safety footwear

In the field of personal protective equipment, the most frequently discussed topic is footwear protection. Employees generally don't want to wear safety shoes, and employers are approaching this issue with some indiscretion and uncertainty.

Therefore, this article can be helpful in choosing the right safety footwear.

You should only provide protective footwear to employees, as you would any other personal protective equipment, after a risk assessment has been made and you have already taken action to eliminate or reduce the risks associated directly with the hazard itself.

The risk assessment should take into account:

Risks such as slippery floors, heavy or sharp objects falling on your feet, hot surfaces, acids, solvents, oils, sharp objects on the floor, and the risk of electric shock.

Make sure that safety footwear and its characteristics are suitable for these types of hazards.

Make sure that safety footwear and its characteristics are suitable for these types of hazards.

There is a wide range of work shoes to choose from. work shoes: boots, shoes, sandals, sandals and boots. Each model has its own characteristics and can be produced in various combinations that can eliminate or reduce the risks listed above. Depending on the choice of the material of the sole and upper of the shoe, it is possible to provide oil and petrol resistance, acid resistance, heat resistance, antistatic properties of the shoe, as well as increase the slip resistance of the sole. Choosing shoes with a protective toe cap and plate will provide protection from heavy objects falling on the foot and protect the sole from being punctured by a sharp object. Therefore, your risk assessment should guide you towards the right choice of safety shoes.

To recap, it is very important to correctly identify the risk of hazards in the workplace and to choose shoes that best meet safety performance. For example, in very many cases, a protective toe cap is a mandatory protective element of footwear, where perhaps the only risk is slipping on a wet floor. In this case, the slip resistance property will be more important than the protective toe cap.

Many employees would welcome the opportunity to get rid of unnecessarily bulky shoes. There may be a situation where conventional anti-slip overshoes provide an acceptable solution in some situations. Very often, people responsible for safety and labor protection in the enterprise ask themselves a fundamental question: are safety shoes required or will special shoes be enough?

Can you do without a protective toe cap? Ask yourself: could we make improvements in the workplace that would eliminate the need for toe-cap safety shoes? In some situations, equipment repairs or workflow changes can eliminate the need for safety shoes.

Of all our appendages, feet seem to vary the most in terms of size, shape, width, fullness, etc., but some employers insist on dealing with just one supplier. But even ordinary shoes from different manufacturers with the same size may not suit many people according to the above parameters, and this should also be paid close attention.

On the one hand, it is understandable that employers want to avoid having to deal with many different suppliers and maximize opportunities for additional discounts and volume savings, and on the other hand, it is worth remembering what it means to wear uncomfortable and ill-fitting shoes. A wise choice of suppliers can help avoid this problem.

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