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Safety Footwear

Safety Footwear

Protective, durable safety footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet. They have a protective reinforcement in the toe to protect the foot from falling objects or compression. They are usually combined with a mid sole plate to protect against punctures from below. Safety footwear now comes in many styles, including sneakers and clogs. Some are quite formal, for supervising engineers who must visit sites where protective footwear is mandatory. Most safety shoes have symbols on the outside, to indicate the protection that the footwear offers. Examples are include: Green Triangle indicating that it is a class 1 toe cap with puncture resistant sole; Yellow Triangle indicating that it is a class 2 toe cap with puncture resistant sole; White Square (with ohm symbol) indicating electrical protection.

Protective Footwear is a vital part of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and they are designed to protect against falling objects and/or harmful chemicals whilst working in potential risk related areas. Protective footwear are generally waterproof and provide breathable qualities while ensuring safety in the harshest of environments.

Boots are designed specifically to protect the feet, with added protection at the lower knee from water or dirt. Safety boots are typically worn in environments where injury to the feet is more likely, such as a construction site or in a factory. They often feature thick soles and steel toes, and they tend to be heavier than casual footwear.

Shoes are the most common type of foot PPE, providing many different ways of protecting workers' feet, such as from heat, impact, or electrical shock. Today’s safety shoes are comfortable, flexible, and stylish and provide necessary protection from injury. Most have steel inserts over the toe area and flexible steel insoles to prevent punctures by nails.