What are safety shoes or safety boots? Why government are making it compulsory for employees?
What are Safety Shoes or Work Boots?
Safety shoes are the shoes or boots which have steel toe or steel plate so as to protect foot from uncertain accidents while working.
25% of the disability claims filed around the world are related to foot injuries.
25% of the disability claims filed around the world are related to foot injuries. This is really a large number which usually occur often while working at the workplaces like manufacturing, construction, long shore, oil & fishing refineries etc. But these injuries can be prevented if required safety measures are taken care of. The best way to prevent foot injuries in the workplace is by using safety shoes and boots.
Your safety manager told you that you have to wear safety shoes and you have no clue what it is?
You are a responsible worker and you want to be more protected at work, but you don’t know what to look for?
I will suggest you to better read this topic to understand in the blink of an eye what safety footwear and steel toe boots are, and its history.
Why are Safety Shoes or steel toe boots important?
Steel toe boots are also called safety boots or safety shoes, basically a steel toe boot is a boot or a shoe that have been reinforced with some kind of protection. The most common are protective toe caps, puncture resistant plates, ankle protectors, metatarsal protectors, reinforced outsoles for special needs, but also different types of lacing, different insoles, shock absorption systems and so on. The toe cap is inserted to give protection for the toes against falling objects.
Safety footwear is used in the toughest and rough conditions and for all types of jobs especially constructions, oil & gas industry, pharmaceutical, big manufacturing factories companies.
The use of safety footwear is, in most cases, mandatory, as a special requirement made from the company where the worker works for, but also it is an option for a responsible worker to use such protection for being safer at work.
Safety footwear always comes with a certification issued from an independent laboratory and also a spec sheet which lists all the main features of the boot. Usually, the shoe is also marked with an information label that is stitched inside the tongue of the footwear.
The markings will indicate the national or international standards that the boot meets, and the level of protection offered.
Nowadays there is a huge selection of safety footwear: sneakers, shoes, loafers, wing tip, riggers, rangers, ankle boots, and clogs.
Everytime I visit a manufacturer I find out that safety footwear has been used since ages, somebody says it dates back to even 2000 years ago, for sure the first certain safety shoes can be found in Central European countries like Germany. They were basically using wooden clogs but then they evolved the concept to leather shoes, for comfort I guess..
World War II made a change in all types of footwear, especially military and safety shoes. In fact the soldiers were obliged to use special durable safety military boots to get protected and to have a long lasting performance, not having their feet injured. So the “science” of safety footwear evolved.
At that time the best material for regular, safety and military shoes was the outer part of the tires, which became the first rudimentary outsoles.
After World War II the industry made the rest, these rudimentary safety shoes became industrial safety shoes.
Nowadays safety shoes are made through automatic processes. All the protections that safety footwear grants come from underlying studies. The products are tested by independent laboratories that guarantee them, with their independent certifications.
The safety standards and certifications that all new safety shoes have to meet have increased the level of protection, and the mass distribution has evolved the design of safety shoes from something very industrial to something fashionable, trendy and comfortable.
Enjoy your choice of safety shoes!