Three places where safety footwear is essential

We are living in an increasingly safety-conscious world. As health and safety laws become stricter and punishments become harsher for companies who fail to protect their employees, providing workers with adequate safety clothing is absolutely vital. We all know the importance of hard hats and high-vis jackets, but there is one area that is often neglected: safety footwear. Our feet are extremely vulnerable. Since they are at ground level, they are often exposed to a range of hazards on the floor of the workplace. This means that safety footwear is a must in many situations. Here are just a few examples.

  • Factories

Factory floors can be extremely dangerous with many underfoot hazards to look out for. The high pressure and fast pace of the factory floor makes accidents especially likely, so protective footwear is even more important. From tripping over debris to stepping on sharp objects, a thick-soled safety shoe will prevent all sorts of injury. Falling objects are also a hazard in factories. While a hard hat will protect your head, an object is equally likely to fall on your feet. So, once again, safety shoes are essential.

  • Kitchens


A kitchen may seem less dangerous than a factory, but it also has its share of potential hazards. A busy kitchen can lead to all sorts of accidents, so many chefs choose to wear safety shoes. A non-slip shoe will prevent injuries from liquid spills, and protective footwear can also reduce the likelihood of burns from oil and other hot substances. A kitchen is also home to many sharp objects which can either fall on the feet or be stepped on, so strong footwear will reduce the risk of injury.

  • Hot environments


Safety footwear is essential for people who work in hot environments such as foundries and metal shops. The risk of burns is a constant hazard so strong heat-proof shoes are a must. Comfort is also important in these jobs as constant exposure to heat can cause excess sweating. This can lead to swelling and blistering of the feet, so choosing a shoe that reduces sweating is also vital.

 

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