Foot Protection Safety

Foot Protection

How many hazards can you list that safety boots protect against?

When it comes to PPE, we often talk about gloves for hand protection, FRC for flash protection, safety glasses and goggles for eye protection, ear plugs or muffs for hearing protection, and hard hats for head protection.  Foot protection and safety shoes usually don’t get the same amount of attention.

Why are safety boots important? 

The basic hazards that safety boots protect against include hazards from falling or rolling objects and puncture protection.  Foot protection beyond these basic hazards may also be required.  For example, foot protection against hazardous chemicals such as corrosives may be required or specialty shoes may be needed to protect against electrical hazards.

Safety boots must meet the following requirements;

  • Boots shall have composite or steel toe protection
  • Boots must have a discernable heel
  • Sneaker or athletic shoe look-alike shoes are not allowed; and
  • Low cut (not covering the ankle) or ankle high slip-on boots are not allowed.

Safety boots are required in areas where hazards may exist, such as process units, maintenance shops, oil movements and laboratory areas.  

Like all PPE, safety boots need to be worn securely (laced) and inspected regularly.  Boots no longer able to provide the protection and benefits noted above should be replaced.