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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When Should You Replace Your Safety Shoes?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you’ve had your work safety shoes for years and they’ve lasted you countless shifts, and now they’re slowly starting to tell you that they’re ready for retirement?

Some people may go to the extremes of turning their work shoes into a D.I.Y. project to try and repair the shoes themselves. Is this a way to save money? Well sure, but will this guarantee your safety while on the job so you can confidently do your best?

Absolutely not. It’s a better idea to determine what you may need in your next work safety shoe and invest in a quality pair of shoes that will be able to do the job, while you’re on the job!

Here are a few things that will let you know, without a doubt, that it’s time for a brand new pair of work shoes.

Check Your Tires

The tires of your car are one of the most important things to check on a regular basis. Why? Because they make sure our cars can carry us from point A to point B safely. The outsole of your safety shoe functions the same way.

The outsole of your shoe ensures that you can do your work quickly and effectively, without any accidents. If you see that the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for a new pair of shoes.

Don’t Let Your Shoe “Talk”

The outsole of your shoe starts to separate from the upper, we refer to this as “talking”. Any sign of your shoes starting to separate is an clear sign that it is time to invest in a new pair of work shoes. Not only can this look bad in your place of work, but it can also be very dangerous in a fast paced environment.

Do Your Soles Have Holes?  

Under no condition should your safety shoe be “hole-y”! This is not only a fashion issue, but it’s also a safety issue.

Depending on your work situation, small holes can quickly turn into big ones and leave you in an unsafe predicament. When you first notice your shoe is worn in this way, it’s time to act quickly and replace them.

Fact: You’ll Have to Replace Them Eventually

There’s no straightforward rule about the age of safety shoes or how often you should buy new ones. Depending on your work environment, your shoes could last shorter or longer. Generally, work safety toe shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not so much. The bottom line is that every pair of shoes will have to be replaced eventually.

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Tips for Keeping Your Feet Warm On The Job

Throughout most of the country, the weather is getting colder by the week, and soon (if it hasn’t happened already) the snow, ice and sludge will begin to descend upon thousands of cities and towns. For some, this time of year is magical. Chances are those people aren’t working all day in these frigid conditions. You may even work in an environment that requires you to stand in a large freezer for hours on end. Whatever the case may be, these tips are sure to help. 

Keeping your toes warm while wearing safety work boots may seem impossible, however, with these simple, easy to follow tips you can march through the cold knowing that your toes will stay toasty.

You will notice a pattern with this blog post, so we’ll go ahead and point it out for you now, warm feet and dry feet work with each other.

Check out our top tips for keeping your feet warm on the job this winter:

Keep your feet dry – This is a fairly basic and preventative tip. If your feet are dry, they are more likely to be warm and stay that way throughout the day. Two main factors can influence this: the water solubility of your work boots, and the moisture absorption and thickness of your socks.

Buy Waterproof Boots – When purchasing a pair of safety toe work boots, it is always important to keep your daily work environment in mind. If the area you work in is damp, or you spend a lot of time outside or around water, it is wise to invest in waterproof work boots that can handle the task.

Get the right socks – You might have checked out our other blog post on how to choose the right socks for your job. The same message applies here. If you are working in a cold, wet environment, you will want to invest in socks that can withstand the elements such as wool or other synthetic moisture-wicking sock blends. We recommend investing in these types of socks as they wick away moisture from your feet as the day goes on, keeping your feet warm and dry.

Pro Tip: Keep your work boots inside. That way when you go to put them on before your shift, they will be nice and warm right off the bat.

Pick the right boots – When it comes time to buy your cold weather work boots, there are several things to consider. Different boots offer varying levels of insulation and moisture-wicking capabilities, and therefore it is important to get a pair of boots that can stand up to the task of keeping you on your feet in cold, wet environments.

With all of these factors to consider, it is wise to do your research before purchasing your next pair of work boots. If you still have questions regarding the appropriate size and fit of your safety work boots, please don’t hesitate to comment or email us with your questions. We also suggest visiting a shoe store that specializes in work wear if possible.  

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