Choosing the Right Safety Footwear
Equipping your employees with effective safety workwear is absolutely essential, although you do have to choose wisely. Rather than simply buying the first set you see, we’ve put together some advice on why safety footwear is so important and how to select the right kind for your workers.
Protect against injuries
The top reason for providing employees with safety shoes in the workplace is to actively prevent their feet from getting hurt. The type of injuries that could potentially occur depend on the environments they’re working in, such as construction sites, railways, airports and manufacturing plants.
There are all kinds of accidents that can happen, such as heavy items falling or being dropped onto someone’s foot or an individual accidentally walking across sharp objects. This could justify a pair of steel toe cap boots or safety trainers that are both comfortable and protective.
Prevent slips and falls
A lot of absenteeism is caused by employees slipping, tripping or falling. These accidents can often be prevented simply by giving your staff the right kind of safety footwear, which is designed to enhance grip and balance such as No Risk Rider.
EN ISO 13287:2012 European Standard specifies a method of test for the slip resistance of conventionally soled safety, protective and occupational footwear. It is not applicable to special purpose footwear containing spikes, metal studs or similar. The item of footwear to be tested is put on a surface, subjected to a given normal force and moved horizontally relative to the surface. The frictional force is measured and the dynamic coefficient of friction is calculated. If the outsole passes both the ceramic tile test (SRA) and the steel floor test (SRB) it is marked as SRC - which is the highest rating for slip resistance.
Our wide range of rigger boots are also very popular with businesses across multiple sectors, whereas safety wellingtons are perfect for workers who are based outdoors, as well as those in the food industry.
Standing and walking for long periods of time can result in bad posture. This may not sound so bad, yet poor posture can actually have a number of adverse effects on our health, such as:
- Aches and pains in the back, shoulders and neck
- Poor circulation
- Constricted nerves
- Bad digestion
- Misaligned or curved spine
- Impaired lung function
The key here is to find the perfect fit of safety boots for team members who spend a lot of time on their feet. This is because the design of the shoe will cushion and support the arch of the foot, which in turn supports the wider foot and the ankle. As a result, safety footwear ensures that the entire leg is properly aligned, helping to maintain correct posture and safe working.
Workers spend around a third of their week wearing work gear, which means that they need safety footwear that’s genuinely comfortable. That’s why we stock a wide range of the very best brands, including Lightyear, Exena, Xpert, NoRisk, Base, Cofra, Apache, Rockfall, FlexiTog, Dunlop, Grisport, Grippers and many more. This gives you the option to choose a brand that you already know and love or perhaps try something new.
Comfortable footwear isn’t just about the comfort itself, as it also helps to prevents aches, pains, cramps, fatigue and low levels of mental wellbeing. If you’re not sure which to go for, all you have to do is get in touch. We’re experts at matching our clients’ needs with the perfect type of safety boots and protective footwear, making it a smooth and stress-free process.
We also stock multiple options when it comes to composite boots. This type of footwear is very strong and made from non-metal materials, which makes them perfect for people who work on sites that use metal detection systems. They also guarantee high levels of resistance, which is why they’re so popular with electricians and engineers.
Safety footwear categories
There’s a classification system that explains the level of protection footwear provides:
SB: The presence of a safety toecap providing protection against impact injury to the toes caused by falling objects. Level of protection provided is 200 joules. Prevention of compression injury to the toes if trapped under a heavy object. Level of this protection is 15kN.
SBP: As SB standard plus penetration resistance.
S1: As SB standard plus closed seat region, antistatic properties, resistance to fuel oil and energy absorption of seat region.
S1P: As S1 standard plus penetration resistance.
S2: As S1 standard plus water penetration and water absorption resistance.
S3: As S2 standard plus cleated outsole and penetration resistance.
S4: 200 joule toecap protection. All rubber or all polymeric footwear with antistatic properties. Resistance to fuel oil. energy absorption of seat region and closed seat region.
S5: As S4 standard plus cleated outsole and penetration resistance.
We appreciate that you may not know which type of safety footwear your staff require, in which case all you need to do is get in touch and we’ll offer expert advice.
Put your best foot forward
To place an order or make an enquiry regarding safety footwear, please give us a call on 01 8499 100 or email email@example.com
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