If you work in any part of the construction industry or in any job that involves difficult terrain or moving loads you must make sure you wear the right safety boots for the job. Other hazardous situations which don’t involve weights or difficult surfaces may also need proper footwear and these include any in which a static charge might be dangerous (working in an enclosed space with gases, for example, or in a hospital operating theatre) or where there might be dangerous chemicals underfoot or which might possibly spill. Safety boots don’t necessarily have to be big and clumsy – Dickies footwear range includes several executive type shoes which are ideal for managers and anyone who has to make onsite visits but must also look good in meetings, often with no chance to change.
What are your particular risks?
Although safety footwear is not expensive bearing in mind the vital job it does and also that most employers either provide or reimburse for the purchase of any safety equipment needed for a job, it is still pointless to pay for features that you do not need. Although a reinforced toe is basic to most safety footwear, not everyone needs to have non-static properties and also it isn’t always necessary to have ankle protection or for the shoes to be waterproof. In fact it is very bad for the feet to be encased in non-breathable shoes all day and so if it is not necessary for shoes to repel liquids, that feature is best left out of your ‘wants’ list. Warrior footwear has a wide range of all kinds of safety footwear including safety wellingtons at under ten pounds.
Buy safety shoes for all your needs
It isn’t always possible to buy one pair of safety shoes or boots to cover all you do in your working day so you may have to compromise and buy more than one. It isn’t safe to risk going onto any construction site or into any hazardous situation without correct footwear appropriate to the specific conditions. Although a number of safety footwear manufacturers, for example Footsure, provide a wide range of safety shoes which would not look out of place in the boardroom, it is still vital to make sure that they cover all the bases when it comes to what level of protection is needed. Ankle protection is very important if you are walking on difficult ground because it is easy to turn over on rough surfaces and serious damage your ligaments. Although this can be done in a second, the damage can result in a permanent ‘drop foot’ or other disability which will have a huge impact on future employment prospects. V12 footwear stocks a number of lighter boots with very good ankle protection which can be adjusted to personal needs. The dealer boots on sale from a number of manufacturers are not adjustable but do span the ground between ‘executive’ shoes and heavier duty boots, so are a popular choice for managers.
Foot health is important
Buying safety footwear is not the kind of retail therapy most people have in mind when they use that phrase, but skimping on the right kind of shoes or boots for the job in hand can have disastrous and life changing consequences, particularly if working at a height or on a slippery surface. It is important to risk assess your tasks and make sure that the footwear you choose protects against all hazards, whether that might be a corrosive product with which you come into contact or simply a shoe or boot that is suitable for the terrain. Sometimes, fast release is the most important element, or a boot has to be one hundred per cent waterproof. When all of these are in place and you have the perfect safety footwear all chosen buy it – delay may be something you will live to regret. Better still, buy two pairs and alternate them in use, then you will always have a dry, aired pair of shoes or boots and you will minimise problems such as athletes’ foot and fungal nail infections. Shoes last longer when you can rest them too, so buying more than one pair is financially very good sense.