Your feet are a lot more important than most people treat them as being. They carry you through life and unless you have ever had to go without them for a period of time, you probably do not realize just how much you rely on them. That is why keeping them safe is so important.
Protection from the obvious, falling objects, punctures, cutting and electrical hazards are some major benefits. I don’t think many people want their feet, or any part, to be punctured, cut or electrocuted and our safety footwear can prevent that! Many of these issues are caused by things going on in your work zone and in many cases certain safety footwear is required.
For example, in the logging industry, logging boots are required which have cut resistant material, are water proof and support the ankle to help the loggers protect themselves against working hazards. Have you thought about extreme weather? If you work outside, you have probably at some point thought about the cold weather, but water can do some damage too.
Despite wanting protection from freezing temperatures that can cause frost bite and hypothermia, remember you need good blood flow too. Consider the conditions you are in, or could be in, like rain, sleet, and snow when choosing your footwear.
Prevention is another benefit. Falls, trips, and slips can all happen because a person is wearing the wrong type of footwear for the environment they are in. Although many work places try to prevent this by installing anti-slip flooring in areas and keeping the place clean, take your safety into your own hands and prevent any accidents yourself. The image here is of stylish ladies shoes that meet health and safety regulations. A nice alternative and offer high safety protection too.
Did you know safety shoes can also help to prevent fatigue? You, or your employees, may be standing all day on hard flooring too, like cement or tile. This really does put a strain on your body a drain in your energy. By choosing the correct footwear, this can all be avoided. With the proper support and cushioning, your muscles will have to do less work, hence saving yourself some energy.
Have you considered needing protection from burns? Depending on where you work, you may not need this type of protection, but do not forget about chemical burns. If you are around hot metals, cement, or chemicals, be sure to get boots made of a durable material. OSHA regulations always need to be met, so make sure you know what they are for your workplace! For more information read this footwear safety fact sheet PDF.
One of the most common times for accidents is in the summer, when we are tempted to replace our usual safety work shoes for something cooler and easier to wear in warmer weather. I have heard of some horrible accidents as a result of wearing sandals in place of steel toe boots. If something bad is going to happen, you can bet it is on the one day that you decide to leave your protective boots in the locker and wear a cooler alternative instead. Don’t do it! It isn’t worth risking your toes for a day of cooler feet.
If you need any further persuasion, watch this video to see how safety boots would protect your foot from damage when it is run over by a fork lift.