By Ruth Carol Atieno

Our feet need proper protection at all times. The type of footwear will vary depending on our environment and the type of work we are doing. Protective footwear is to be worn at all times in the event of the following conditions:

  • When riding motorcycles
  • Walking on a very rocky area for instance mountain climbing
  • If there are heavy, rolling objects for instance barrels or tools
  • Objects are prone to falling
  • Environments with sharp objects that can easily pierce through the the sole of a shoe
  • Areas prone to splashing hot and cold liquids
  • Areas with hazardous chemicals that can splash onto feet or the floor
  • Slippery surfaces
  • An area with exposure to high temperatures or explosions
  • When working with electricity

Factors To Consider When Buying Protective Footwear

  • Shoe size – when picking the footwear it is advisable not to pick a smaller size or a larger size. Your feet should fit in perfectly well and leave a small allowance inside the shoe.
  • Material – The material that the shoe is made of will determine weather it will withstand the hazardous conditions it is exposed to.
  • Durability – Ensure you buy strong and durable shoes that will take you a long way.
  • Work environment – Your work environment is a very important factor to consider when choosing a footwear. Ensure the selected footwear is appropriate for your work environment.

Types Of Protective Footwear

Foundry Boots

These kind of safety footwear will protect your feet from the extreme heat of molten metal. foundry boots also prevent hot metal from lodging on any part of the shoe.

Metatarsal Guards

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These are strapped outside the shoe to protect the inside area of the shoe from getting crushed by heavy objects.

Waterproof Boots

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When working in a wet environment it is advisable to have on waterproof boots to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Toe Guards

These are fitted at the ends of a regular shoe to prevent toe injuries.

Slip Resistant Boots

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These category of boots are worn when working in areas with slippery, wet or oily floors. Prevents you from slipping and falling.

Electrically Conductive Boots

when working in areas such as explosives manufacturing facilities or grain elevators, you must have on electrically conductive boots as they will reduce the risk of static electricity build up on your body.

Electrical Hazard Boots

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These boots are non-conductors of electricity and therefore they prevent the feet from completing an electrical circuit with the ground. They also protect the feet from open circuits of up to 600V.