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Foot Protection (Safety Shoes)


The use of foot protection minimizes the potential for occupational foot injuries.

Terms such as "safety shoes" and "protective footwear" refer to shoes which are specifically designed and tested to withstand stimuli defined in ASTM-F 2413 March 2005.

Managers and employees must review their tasks to determine the potential for exposure to foot hazards and the severity of exposure and assure that foot protection is worn when necessary.

Foot hazards may be posed by:

  1. Falling packages/objects (including monitors, raised floor tiles, power supplies, valves, tools, hoist loads, items for demos/expos, etc.)
  2. Rolling objects (including manual and powered material handling carts/vehicles, large pipes, large magnets)
  3. Sharp material at foot level
  4. Heavy debris/objects which may be kicked (primarily applicable to construction sites, including lab rearrangements)

Some employees are exposed to potential foot hazards on a daily basis, while others may only be exposed infrequently. The determination as to who must wear safety shoes is based on the frequency of the exposure and the severity of the injury, should an accident occur.

  • Safety shoes must be worn if an employee is frequently (at least once/week) exposed to potential foot hazards. This includes employees who must frequently visit potential foot hazard areas such as the model shop, warehouse, mechanical equipment rooms , shipping/receiving, construction areas, etc. The shoes must be worn during all foot hazard exposures.
  • Safety shoes must be worn if a task is infrequently (less than once/week) but the severity of potential injury, could result in a broken bone.
Safety Shoe Term Contract

For additional information on shoe selection contact 515-6871