Stepping in to Safety Shoes
January 27, 2019
A good pair of safety shoes can help protect you from injuries caused by tripping, falling or rolling objects on a work site or even electrical hazards, When choosing a pair, here’s what to look for:
Boots with steel or composite toe caps. Composite toe caps perform equally well and are usually made of a combination of plastic, Kevlar and carbon fibre materials. Both types should be made to meet the ASTM F2413-05 Standard Impact & Compression requirements. Composite toe can reduce the overall weight of the shoe and some people feel its likely to keep feet a bit cooler and more comfortable in high heat conditions.
For higher levels of protection some boots offer a shield-like feature that overlays the composite toe and extends to the top of the instep. This provides further protection to the long bones in the midfoot or metatarsals.
Electrical hazard compliance
If there’s a chance of exposure to electrical currents some boots meet the specified standards of protection from open electrical currents up to 18,000 volts.
Unless you paint in specialist conditions the main requirement is a sturdy outsole that offers gripping features that will help protect you from slip and fall accidents.
Above all, for long, grueling workdays you need to ensure a good fit for the instep, ball and heel of the foot. Add extra cushioning with gel or memory foam insoles to provide maximum comfort.
Check out our other great articles in this February edition of Paint Pro!