How Can One Improve Foot Safety In Workplaces

Job and workplace designs also have the potential to increase foot safety in workplaces that are specifically hazardous.

Here are some examples:

  • Separating mobile equipment from pedestrian traffic and installing safety mirrors and warning signs can decrease the number of accidents that might result in cut or crushed feet or toes.
  • Proper guarding of machines such as chainsaws or rotary mowers can avoid cuts or severed feet or toes.
  • Effective housekeeping reduces the number of accidents at workplaces. For example, loose nails, other sharp objects, and littered walkways are hazards for foot injury.
  • Using colour contrast and angular lighting to improve depth vision in complicated areas such as stairs, ramps and passageways reduces the hazard of tripping and falling.

What should I Know When I Buy Footwear For Work?

Good footwear should have the following qualities:

  • The inner side of the shoe must be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The shoe must grip the heel firmly.
  • The forepart must allow freedom of movement for the toes.
  • The shoe must have a fastening across the instep to prevent the foot from slipping when walking.
  • The shoe must have a low, wide-based heel; flat shoes are recommended.

People buying footwear for work should take the following advice:

  • Do not expect that footwear, which is too tight, will stretch with wear.
  • Have both feet measured when buying shoes. Feet normally differ in size.
  • Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.
  • Buy shoes late in the afternoon when feet are likely to be swollen to their maximum size.
  • Ask a doctor's advice if properly fitting shoes are not available.
  • Consider using shock-absorbing insoles where the job requires walking or standing on hard floors.

When selecting footwear, one should remember that tight
socks or stockings can cramp the toes as much as poorly
fitted shoes.

Wrinkled socks, or socks that are too large or too small,
can cause blisters. White woollen or cotton socks may be
recommended since coloured socks cause skin allergies in
some people.

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 to the appropriate?standards.

  • A steel toecap should cover the whole length of the toes, from tips to beyond the natural bend of the foot. A soft pad covering the edge of the toecap increases comfort. If the toecap cuts into the foot, either the size or style of the footwear is incorrect.
  • Soles come in a variety of thicknesses and materials. They need to?be chosen according to the hazards and type(s) of flooring in the?workplace.
  • Uppers of protective footwear come in a variety of materials. Selection should take into account the hazards, and individual characteristics of the worker's foot.
  • A steel mid-sole which protects the foot against penetration by sharp objects should be flexible enough to allow the foot to bend.
  • No one type of non-slip footwear can prevent the wearer from slipping on every surface type.