When it comes to protecting your feet with safety shoes, it should be a ‘no holds barred’ (open, unrestrained) decision because taking the necessary precautions could save your life.
No one ever plans to have an accident, but there are times that they do occur, particularly in the work environment.
Safety Shoes: Reduce Slips and Trips
One of the most common accidents in the workplace involves either slipping or tripping, which accounts for the highest percentage of sick days per year throughout all industrial sectors.
Safety shoes will protect your feet from being crushed, lacerations, punctures, slipping and more. Most countries have strict occupational safety and health policies regarding safety within the various industrial divisions.
Wearing approved footwear is a mandatory policy in all industries. In some countries this is not only policy but written into law.
One set of regulations (Personal Protective Equipment Regulations), which are defined as “all equipment (including clothing affording protection against weather)” continues on to include safety shoes or boots (footwear), etc; stipulating the importance of protecting all the body, including the feet.
It stipulates protection for the feet against hazards such as wet surfaces, cuts and punctures, abrasion, electrostatic build-up, falling objects, slipping, tripping and metal and chemical splash.
It lists the options as gaiters and spats (shoe accessories to protect against debris, hot metals etc from getting in shoes), safety shoes or boots with protective toes caps and penetration-resistant mid-sole.
Safety Shoes: For Men and Women
The styles and colours available are diverse enough to suit anyone’s taste, whether male or female. Materials used could include leather and breathable textfibre synthetics.
The majority of footwear include features such as steel midsole for underfoot protection, grip-sole that is resistant to oils, acids and alkalis protective composite (steel) toe cap, and other fine features.
When deciding upon style, color and design, there is an impressive selection available on the market to choose from. The importance of purchasing footwear that fits properly and comfortably must be stressed, along with the significance of wearing protective safety shoes and boots in the workplace; however, today’s styles and colours make it a pleasant experience as well.
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