Outfitting employees with appropriate footwear reduces injuries. Making sure workers have the right footwear for the job is a real, ongoing challenge for safety managers. Here are five ways you can overcome it and take advantage of all the benefits of high-quality safety footwear.
FR protective clothing was a HOT topic in 2018 – from how to wear it during extreme heat and extreme cold, to what private industry can all learn from the Navy’s FR program. A back-of-the-hand protection standard for work gloves, how work boots are getting lighter (but staying strong) and the need to protect first responders from fentanyl exposure were among the top PPE stories of 2018:
Tingley’s Pilot General Purpose PVC Knee Boot is a full safety boot with several unique features - Calf Relief Expansion (CRE)™, a steel toe that meets ASTM F2413 M I/75 C/75 for toe impact and compression, electric hazard (EH) rated, 100% waterproof protection, self-cleaning, cleated outsole, and Steel Puncture Resistant Midsole.
Growing up wearing sneakers for style and comfort, today’s class of skilled tradesmen and industrial workers are looking for similar safety shoes that echo their personal style while standing up to the rigorous and demanding needs of the jobsite.
Red Wing Shoes recently released the BRNR XP boot. The boot features a: lightweight nano composite toe cap for intense protection; a slip-resistant Griptek sole that can take workers from the mine shaft to the oil rig; and is built with a polyurethane midsole for superior durability and protection.
COFRA’s new model UTICA I/75 C/75 SD PR is comfortable with a seamless upper made of TECHSHELL, an innovative, very tough, water repellent and breathable fabric. It is made of yarns that are resistant to abrasion and woven directly into the fabric in order to guarantee maximum resistance to friction.
STABIL’s StripGrips is specifically designed for floor stripping. To keep workers safely on their feet while stripping floors, StripGrips feature STABIL’s proprietary Thermo Plastic Elastomer and replaceable pads. TPE provides a flexible, lightweight upper which keeps the StripGrips secure over workers’ footwear of choice. StripGrips pads can be removed easily for cleaning.
Although emerging occupational safety and health products can help make your job easier and keep your workers safer, keeping up with new developments in the field can be challenging. ISHN helps you save time by gathering all of the OSH product information together and presenting it in the magazine and online in a quick and easy format.
With more options than ever before, safety footwear is anything but a one-size-fits-all purchase. As you evaluate your footwear program, there are many things to think about, such as job-site hazards, seasonal weather exposure and material durability.