Safety Shoes can be an integral part of the job when it comes to workplace safety. Some jobs may require footwear as per some dress code; some may not have a dress code pertaining to footwear. Other jobs require special safety shoes due to the nature of the work. Provided below is a short list of the types of safety shoes that are available to keep your feet safety while working in hazardous condition on the job. There are plenty of regulations governing the protection of workers feet in the workplace, so make sure you have provided employees with proper shoe safety equipment and instructions.
Types Of Safety Shoes
- What are some different kinds of safety shoes found in a safe workplace?
- Puncture Resistant Safety Shoes
- Composite Toe Safety Shoes
- Steel Toe Safety Shoes
- Waterproof Work Boots
- Slip Resistant Safety Shoes
- Electrical Hazard Safety Shoes
- Metatarsal Guard
- Static Dissipating Safety Shoes
- Extra Wide Toe
- Who makes safety shoes?
- Slip Grips
Safety Shoes Guidelines
The Company that you work for may have guidelines or even requirements for appropriate safety shoes for their safe workplace. If this is the case, it is easy enough to know what you should wear in terms of safety shoes. However, your job may not require or suggest appropriate safety shoes. Large corporations usually have such safety shoe requirements spelled out ahead of time but it is possible that a small business may not have considered safety shoes in the job description.
If your job does not provide information on appropriate safety shoe guidelines, you will first want to check with your supervisor to see if there is a dress code at all, so that whatever safety shoes you decide to purchase on your own will not cause conflict. If you work outside, with or near heavy objects in motion, blades of any kind (ie: landscaping), or on uneven or rough terrain, it would be a good idea to get yourself some sturdy steel or composite toe safety shoes to protect your feet. A nice additional feature would be waterproof or slip resistant safety shoes, if you work outside and are expected to work in rain, snow, or other inclement weather conditions. Well insulated safety shoes are a good idea for the same reasons. Your feet can be the cause of a lot of problems in the work place if you do not wear appropriate safety shoes. Frostbite, Pneumonia, or even severed toes can be avoided with safety shoes appropriate to your job requirements.
Promote Safety Shoes
If you see a lack of concern or direction for safety shoes in your workplace where such attention is needed, inform your immediate supervisor and have him or her move your safety shoe concern up the chain, however long that chain may be. A company with a need for safety shoes that also lacks documentation and instruction is a company that is asking for trouble. Inevitably, something goes wrong at virtually every workplace, and if workers are not equipped with proper safety shoes, two things are likely to happen. The first is that some worker may be left with a permanent reminder of the time that put in at said workplace, and it will not be a pleasant memory. At best it may be a trip to the hospital. At worst, it could be a missing toe. The second event is the lawsuit that is likely to follow due to a lack of responsibility on the part of the employer. So, a word to the wise to your employer about safety shoes will not only save the company money, but possibly someone else’s feet!