WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS, HIRING BEST PRACTICES, CAREER ADVICE.
Choosing the Right Safety Boot
Posted on 02/16 by Erin Helms
Many wounds caused by workplace accidents are foot injuries. Your employer must provide, maintain, and replace safety shoes for you. These boots are particularly critical when working in high-risk areas. When choosing the best safety boot, you must consider specific criteria. Considerations need not be limited to personal safety, protection level, and anticipated additional protection. It would help if you also considered aesthetic and comfort criteria. There are many options, so how do you choose the right safety boot? Here is some help.
The Right Boot for the Task at Hand
When choosing the proper safety boot, you must assess the workplace and the tasks you will perform. Here are some considerations: Equipment or objects that might roll or fall on your feet. Are there sharp or pointed objects that might puncture the shoe Walking surfaces: wet, oily, icy, or uneven. Risks related to material handling. Also, take the time to evaluate the risks associated with particular work areas and make the appropriate shoe choice: Electrical: live conductors, electrostatic discharges Chemical: corrosive and toxic liquids Mechanical: impacts, crushing, punctures, pinching Biological: allergies, germ growth Thermal: cold, heat, bad weather, molten metal, embers
Foot Care and Hygiene
Foot hygiene depends on the air circulation inside the shoe, and a shoe must have absorption and moisture-wicking qualities. An ill-fitting shoe can lead to calluses, corns, and fungal infections. Moisture and excessive wear can reduce protection from electrical shock. Check the condition of your boots often, looking for cracked outsoles, broken leather, and punctures. An application of waterproof protective coating can extend the life of your shoes.
Fit is unquestionably a consideration when purchasing safety boots. It is the most important feature of safety boots. The materials and design do not matter if the boot doesn't fit right. Consider things like, do your toes have room to move? Is there heel slippage? Does the insole have enough structure? Bring the socks you plan to wear when trying on safety boots. Have your foot measured, and remember that one foot is often more prominent than the other. Favor the largest when selecting a size. Styles fluctuate in size, so purchase shoes by feel and measurement. When you try safety shoes on: Try the shoe on and extend your toes to the front of the shoe. Your index finger should comfortably fit behind your foot. It is an indication of proper shoe fit. See to it that the ball of your foot fits appropriately at the broadest part of the shoe. Your safety shoes must be about half a size larger than regular footwear. The hard cap prevents stretch in the toe box area, and you do not wish to have your toes touching the end of the safety shoe. LaborMAX can help you land your next job!
Tagged: #SafetyResources #ChoosingTheRightSafetyBoot #ConstructionJobsHiring #ManufacturingEmploymentAgency
Browse Available Jobs
Are you looking for work? LaborMAX can find you the right job.SEARCH JOBS NOW
Get In Touch With Us
Interested in learning how we can help you?CONTACT US
Proofreading Tips for a Mistake-Free Resume
No matter your job title or industry, proofreading your resume is essential for a job seeker. The resume represents your professional life and summarizes your meaningful experiences and education, making you the ideal candidate for a job. Unfortunately, a big or a small mistake on your resume can be the difference between an interview or rejection. Here is how to proofread a resume like a pro.Read more >>
Recruiting in Hospitality, Tips to Attract and Hire Top Talent
The hospitality industry is competitive. Recruiting during a tight job market makes things even more challenging. Finding and keeping top talent in the hospitality industry is getting more difficult. However, you use strategies to recruit the best in the industry successfully. Go after candidates who want a nontraditional schedule, highlight your work culture and the fabulous perks of the hospitality industry, or consider a referral program or changing your compensation model. You can successfully recruit top talent for the hospitality industry.Read more >>
How Can I Get a Job Fast?
Need a job? Need one fast? Speedily finding a job is not the easiest thing to do, but with effort, you can find one that suits your needs. The trick is to optimize your job search to speed up the process. The following steps can help you find a job quickly.Read more >>