Reasons to Wear Safety Toe Shoes

Protective safety footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet while on the job. It’s common knowledge that steel toe boots and shoes protect your feet, aid in injury prevention, and reduce the severity of injuries that may occur in the workplace. According to the National Safety Council, one in four victims of job-related foot injuries doesn’t wear any type of safety shoe or boot. The remaining three are either too apathetic towards the issue or are unaware of the benefits of protective footwear altogether.

But, safety shoes are uncomfortable.

False. Today’s safety toe footwear can be made from several different technologies, creating comfortable, flexible, and stylish safety shoes that still manage to provide necessary protection from injury. The foot is the most valuable part of your body subjected to injury in industry. Because of the many potential work hazards, it is important that you discuss with your supervisor the safety shoe, boot, or other protective equipment that you need for your protection.

The OSHA requirements (found within 29 CFR 1910.136) for protective footwear state that it is up to the employer to make sure that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a chance that foot injuries can occur due to falling or rolling objects, objects piercing the sole and where they are exposed to electrical hazards. To ensure you have top-level protection in your work environment, an effective fit and selection of safety footwear are required.

There are many instances where your feet and toes could be at risk.  A steel-toe safety shoe would help protect workers from injuries associated with falling or rolling objects, and electrical hazards. There are several safety hazards that the average employee comes in contact with every day. Wearing proper footwear can help prevent these unnecessary accidents.

Most hazards can be easily eliminated. So why should you wear protective footwear? It is a simple, precautionary method of keeping yourself safe. If you know the risks of your job, then you should prepare for them with safety work and footwear.

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