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It is important that you choose the correct industrial protective footwear for your specific working environment. . There are various standards for footwear, including one for safety footwear, another for protective footwear, and a third for occupational footwear. Any footwear that is being supplied must be certified and stamped with the CE mark. We recommend that in the first instance a risk assessment is carried out to ensure that the correct protection level and style footwear is correct.
Before selecting protective boots and footwear you should refer to a recent, existing risk assessment for the workplace, or carry one out if one does not already exist. Assess the risk within the working environment to either remove or protect against the possible hazards. This must involve defining the work area, recognising the risks, and identifying the correct method of reducing them. This will give you a understanding of the hazards you need to protect against and allow you to select the most appropriate safety footwear for your working environment.
Safety features include:
- Impact resistant toe caps
- Pierce resistant mid soles
- Anti-static soles
- Sole resistance to heat
- Resistance to cold
- Resistance to fuel oil
- Water resistance
- Resistance to chemicals
- Slip resistance
What to avoid
- Overlooking the standards: make sure the boots you select meets the relevant standards for the job involved (for example, S1 boots do not offer a steel layer protecting against sharp objects; instead you need S1P or S3 boots).
- Buying the wrong boots: if you don’t match the footwear to the correct working environment, task and wearer you’ll be buying the wrong footwear.
- Getting the wrong size: this can happen if you don’t carefully consider the sizes of people who will wear the footwear.
- Style over safety: shoe manufacturers generally give priority to safety, quality and functionality. Many wearers may push towards a boot that looks good, this shouldn’t be a key factor when selecting.
- Don’t order in bulk: if you’re trying a product for the first time, perhaps get a few and test them out.
Safety footwear that is not appropriate may fail to prevent injury and could cause the wear foot problems. Select the right product based on your risk assessment, consultation with your team and meeting the standards. At 1st Response Site Services, we have a wide range of protective footwear that adhere to the standards which you can buy from here.