What Should I Know About Safety Footwear

If you are at risk of foot injury at your workplace, you should wear the appropriate protective footwear.

  • If foot protection is required, set up a complete foot safety protection programme including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and?inspection.
  • Safety footwear is designed to protect feet against a wide variety of injuries. Impact, compression, and puncture are the most common types of foot injury.
  • Choose footwear according to the hazard.
  • Select certified footwear. Ensure that it has the proper rating for the hazard and the proper sole for the working conditions.
  • Use metatarsal protection (top of the foot between the toes and ankle) where there is a potential for injury.

What Should I Know About The Fit and Care of Safety Footwear?

Fit:

  • Walk in new footwear to ensure it is comfortable.
  • Boots should have ample toe room (toes should be about 12.5 mm from the front).
  • Make allowances for extra socks or special arch supports when buying boots.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • Lace up boots fully. High-cut boots provide support against ankle injury.

Care:

  • Walk in new footwear to ensure it is comfortable.
  • Boots should have ample toe room (toes should be about 12.5 mm from the front).
  • Make allowances for extra socks or special arch supports when buying boots.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • Lace up boots fully. High-cut boots provide support against ankle injury.

A new work boot should fit comfortably right from the start and not require a so-called "break-in" period. Simply put, if the work boot does not fit comfortably brand new, you can anticipate that the boot is not a good fit. No two feet are exactly alike, and what style feels comfortable to one person may be uncomfortable to another.