Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator
OSHA requires foot protection when work conditions pose a foot or ankle injury hazard. All employers should consider the hazards associated with the work being done as part of a hazard assessment such as: work task, environment, weather, electrical/chemical, and conditions on the site. It’s vital to choose the correct footwear to protect workers’ feet from potential job hazards.
Things to consider when choosing footwear:
- heat-resistant or insulated for heat and cold, waterproof
- puncture resistant
- if steel toes are needed then the company must purchase metatarsal protection
Remember the employer has responsibility to the safety of its employees and being sure that the proper footwear is being used and is in good condition. The employee has the responsibility to inspect their footwear and repair or replace when needed; cracked, ripped, worn or separate soles (duct tape is not a repair).
Bottom line: all required footwear needs to meet the new ASTM -F2412 and ASTM F-2413 standard, this new standard replaces the former standard ANSI Z41.
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