Protective footwear is designed to shield feet from job hazards that could result in foot injury. This could range from heavy objects falling and striking a foot to chemicals that could saturate footwear and be absorbed through skin.
Foot protection is of vital importance in all divisions of the construction industry (including forestry, mining, and heavy equipment repair/operation).
Qualities of Good Footwear
Footwear can vary in design, materials, and features. However, all good work boots should:
- Have a low, wide-based heel
- Have fastening across the instep (to prevent the foot from slipping when walking)
- Allow freedom of movement for toes
Selection of Footwear
Ensure that your footwear is appropriate for the job to which you are assigned. Markings are used to indicate the intended protection and features of a work boot. For example:
- used to indicate foot protection when using chainsaws and other cutting tools.
- used for industrial work environments where low-power electrical charges can create a hazard for workers or equipment.
- used for heavy industrial work environments where there is the possibility of a puncture-related injury.
Be sure that you’re using the correct boot for the appropriate job.