Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Jul 19, 2017
Protecting the very things that carry you everyday is an important thing to do. Steel toe boots are required at most industrial workplaces because of the protection they provide. If steel toe boots are forgotten, there is another alternative, toe guards.
Toe guards fit over the toes of regular shoes to protect the toes from impact and compression hazards. They may be made of steel, aluminum or plastic.
Safety shoes have impact-resistant toes and heat-resistant soles that protect the feet against hot work surfaces common in roofing, paving and hot metal industries. The metal insoles of some safety shoes protect against puncture wounds. Safety shoes may also be designed to be electrically conductive to prevent the buildup of static electricity in areas with the potential for explosive atmospheres or nonconductive to protect employees from workplace electrical hazards.
Electrically Conductive Shoes
These prevent the buildup of static electricity. Used in explosive and hazardous facilities or grain elevators to reduce the risk of static electricity buildup.
Electrical Hazard Shoes
These shoes do not conduct electricity and prevent the wearers’ feet from completing an electrical circuit to the ground. They must protect up to 600 volts in dry conditions.
Insulates feet from extreme heat of molten metal. Also keeps the hot metal from getting stuck in eyelets and other parts of the shoe. They are made of leather or leather-substitute and have rubber heels. All foundry shoes have built in safety toes.
As with all protective equipment, safety footwear should be inspected prior to each use. Shoes and leggings should be checked for wear and tear at reasonable intervals. This includes looking for cracks or holes, separation of materials, broken buckles or laces. The soles of shoes should be checked for pieces of metal or other embedded items that could present electrical or tripping hazards. Employees should follow the manufacturers’ recommendations for cleaning and maintenance of protective footwear.
Did you miss our blog last week on Power Cord Safety? Read it here.