Proper footwear is important, not only for foot comfort but also for one’s general well-being. You wouldn’t think of handling abrasive objects without work gloves, or entering a dusty environment without a respirator, so why walk through your workday without the right shoes? Improper footwear can cause or aggravate existing foot problems. Safety shoes are part of the personal protection equipment providing effective protection against a number of risks of foot injuries such as shock, crushing and puncture. However, it is important to be aware of the risks that are specific to your job.
If you handle corrosive or irritant chemicals, or if you work with gravelly or hot substances, keeping these substances out of your shoes is preferable. In order to protect yourself, select a shoe with the tongue attached to the sides or shaped like a gusset. The Chemical Strapper overboot provides a high degree of chemical resistance.
Selection should be made to suit the specific working condition. Working outdoors in cold weather poses a special requirement on selecting the proper footwear. “Normal” protective footwear is not designed for cold weather. Terra-Lites Boots are made for extreme cold weather environments and provide protection to -50 degree Fahrenheit.
Steel-toe boots (also known as safety toe boots, steel-capped boots or safety boots) are durable boots or shoes that have a protective reinforcement in the toe, usually combined with a sole plate, which protect the foot from falling objects and punctures from below.
All working footwear, for both men and women, whether it is safety wear or not, should provide comfort without compromising protective value. In addition, protective footwear should conform with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z195-02 or appropriate standard for your jurisdiction.