Safety Shoes – 8 Ways They Protect You

DON’T FORGET THE OSHA REGULATIONS
OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.136(a) states that–
The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, or when the use of protective footwear will protect the affected employee from an electrical hazard, such as a static-discharge or electric-shock hazard, that remains after the employer takes other necessary protective measures.

Function of Safety Shoes:

When We think about Safety shoes for the workplace, heavy-duty safety shoes such as steel toe hoess may come to mind. These shoes, which have reinforced toes to protect the feet from hazards such as heavy objects, are important personal protective equipment (PPE) at many industrial and construction worksites.

Many kinds of shoes exist that can make jobs safer, though, not just steel toe shoes. Other types of shoes can provide traction, arch support and other safety benefits. To find the right foot protection for the jobs in your workplace, you’ll need to do a hazard assessment and determine what kinds of risks—such as slipping and falling or sharp objects—pose a threat to your employees’ feet. Then select shoes that offer the right protection.

Shoes may not seem as critical to workplace safety as protective eye wear or gloves, but footwear provides many benefits. If anyone in your workplace doubts the value of investing in footwear, offer him or her some of the ways safety shoes can keep workers safe.

Foot injuries can be debilitating, resulting in time away from work or difficulty performing a job. Wearing safety shoes or boots can help prevent many foot injuries in the following ways.

1. PROTECT FROM FALLING & FLYING OBJECTS

When workers carry heavy materials or work in dynamic environments where many people, machines and vehicles are operating at once, falling and flying objects are common hazards. Protective shoes like steel toe boots can effectively prevent crushing injuries to the feet.

2. PROTECT FROM PUNCTURES 

When workers could step on sharp objects or be struck by sharp objects from above, shoes with heavy-duty soles and thick materials surrounding the foot offer the best protection. At construction worksites, for example, many sharp objects could be in someone’s path. A soft-soled shoe might not provide enough protection.

3. PROTECT FROM CUTTING HAZARDS

Machinery that is sharp or contains moving parts can pose cutting hazards. Workers in the logging industry, for example, face dangers from chainsaws. If a chainsaw were to come in contact with someone’s foot, the result could be catastrophic. Logging boots—which are required by OSHA under standard 29 CFR 1910.266(d)(1)(v)—made with cut-resistant material will protect those workers who use chainsaws. These boots are also waterproof or water repellant and support the ankles.

4. PROTECT FROM ELECTRICAL HAZARDS

Electricity poses a variety of risks in the workplace. Workers could face potential electric shocks or accumulate static electricity, which can lead to electric sparks in certain environments.

To reduce the chances of an electrical accident, non-conductive footwear made from leather, rubber or other materials that don’t conduct electricity can be worn. In locations where the build-up of static on the body poses a hazard, anti-static or conductive footwear can be used. These options reduce the amount of static that accumulates on the body, preventing static electric sparks.

5. PREVENT SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace and result in many accidents annually. Businesses can take steps such as implementing housekeeping measures and installing anti-slip floor tape to reduce the risks of these mishaps. Proper footwear can also provide additional protection against slips, trips and falls.

Shoes with appropriate traction can help prevent falls on the same level in slippery environments. They can also prevent falls from ladders, which are all too common when people don’t wear shoes with proper treads.

Footwear that fits well and feels comfortable can also improve balance, which will help prevent slips, trips and falls, too.

6. PREVENT FATIGUE

For workers who stand all day, especially on hard surfaces like concrete, fatigue can be a real problem. Muscles in the feet as well as the legs, back and other parts of the body grow tired, and the situation can be worsened when employees don’t wear appropriate footwear. Shoes that provide adequate cushioning and arch support can make people more comfortable, which alleviates strain on muscles. This means employees will grow fatigued less quickly. Employees who are less fatigued will be more alert, so they will likely do their jobs more safely and more efficiently.

Preventing muscle strain will also help protect against musculoskeletal disorders such as chronic lower back pain, too.

7. PREVENT BURNS

Burns from fire can happen in the workplace, but so can burns from chemicals and even from common workplace materials like cement. Footwear made from durable materials can prevent burns from chemicals splashes, molten metal splashes and other dangerous substances that could injure the skin on the feet.

8. PROTECT FROM EXTREME WEATHER

We all know that cold weather can lead to injuries such as frost bite and hypothermia, and those dangers shouldn’t be overlooked in the workplace. People who work outside in the winter are at risk, as well as employees who work in wet or refrigerated environments.

Furthermore, the cold can exacerbate some less known workplace injuries. For example, Raynaud’s Syndrome is a disease where the fingers can turn white from poor blood flow. This condition, related to vibration from power tool use, is made worse when employees are exposed to cold temperatures. In some cases, this disorder can impact the feet, too, so keeping the feet warm and comfortable in conjunction with other measures for keeping the body warm is important.

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Fall Protection Plan

Company Policy Statement

We believe that our employees are very important to us. Fall Protection is an important aspect of our program to ensure that people who work for us can continue to live safe and healthy lives. We require all employees who work at heights above 10 feet and over to be protected from falling. In some cases, we will also implement fall protection at a lesser height if there is a danger or hazard in the area below. A written fall protection plan will be developed and implemented when a fall hazard of 25 feet or more exists or when a safety monitor and control zone is required.

The intent of the plan is to:

  • Help prevent falls
  • Assist workers and supervisors to identify the fall hazards of the site before work begins at heights.
  • Assist in the selection of an appropriate fall protection system(s)
  • Assist in rescue procedures for someone if a fall should occur

It is our company policy that all managers, supervisors and workers comply with the fall protection guidelines. We have established several checklists to help our supervisors and workers in identifying problem areas on the site. These checklists will be of much help when our supervisors are developing the site-specific program. We have outlined some specific responsibilities for ourselves (the employer), our supervisors and our workers as follows company guidelines. Responsibilities of all role are given below.

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Employer Responsibilities

  • Ensure a written work site specific fall protection plan is in place
  • Ensure that a fall protection system is being used
  • Ensure that guardrails are used when practicable
  • Ensure a fall restraint system is in place when applicable
  • If a fall restraint system cannot be used, ensure a fall arrest system is in place
  • Provide appropriate control zone procedures if the above are not appropriate
  • Ensure supervisors and workers are trained
  • Ensure all equipment is safe, maintained, inspected and used correctly
  • Investigate any anomalies in the system to make recommendations so that such anomalies will not happen again
  • Update the program as needed
  • Follow up on our program

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Ensure the program is prepared for each site
  • Ensure the program is being implemented
  • Inspect the program as it is used
  • Review the program
  • Investigate any anomalies and make recommendations to prevent re occurrence
  • Investigate all workers reports of anomalies to the system
  • Keep a log of all workers trained for the fall protection program and topics that were covered before they work in the fall protected area
  • Ensure all workers have a copy of the fall protection program
  • Inspect, maintain, and use the equipment in the recommended methods
  • Ensure that all workers are provided with the appropriate equipment
  • Observe workers, work practices and site operations and correct when necessary

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Worker Responsibilities

  • Know the fall protection plan
  • Follow the procedures as trained
  • Inspect equipment
  • Maintain equipment
  • Report any anomalies to the supervisors
  • Ensure the equipment is used as the manufacturer recommends
  • Inspect the program
  • It is a condition of employment that all managers, supervisors, and workers comply with the company safety policy and safety programs

Type of Fall Protection Name:

  1. Guardrails
  2. Toe Boards
  3. Horizontal Lifelines
  4. Vertical Lifelines
  5. Harness and Lanyard
  6. Belt and Lanyard
  7. Warning Lines
  8. Cover Over Holes
  9. Wire Rope Lifelines
  10. Fiber Rope Lifelines
  11. Robe Grabs
  12. Fall Arrest Blocks
  13. Tie Backs
  14. Safety Nets
  15. Canopies

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FLS has installed thousands of fall arrest and fall protection systems globally. Offering both permanent and portable fall protection solutions, our comprehensive range of products can meet the requirements of even the most challenging environments.

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MSA (Mine Safety Appliances)

MSA is the abbreviation of “Mine Safety Appliances”

It is a manufacturer of up to the mark Safety Products that support to workers who may be exposed to a variety of hazardous situations. MSA is based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry. With help from Thomas Edison the company was formed in 1914 to develop a battery-powered cap lamp for miners to help prevent methane-related explosions caused by open flame lamps. Since the turn of the 21st Century, MSA has seen record sales. Only a small portion of the company’s current products involve mining related products. The company’s competitors include Industrial Scientific Corporation and Dräger.

With 2015 revenues of $1.1 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,600 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America.

MSA helmet is very famous in Pakistan and all industry including Power Plant, Textile, Construction, Oil& Gas, Road construction used MSA helmet. It is very easily available in Pakistan. MSA safety products are well known and comfort to use during working hours by employees.

  • From the 1930s to the 1980s, MSA produced fire helmets. The First generation was known as Skull guard and was a hard plastic produced in the 1930s to the 1960s.
  • The second generation was a lighter plastic fire helmet and was called Top guard & introduced in the early 1960s.
  • The top guard helmets were very lightweight and were also aerodynamic and were especially good for high winds during wildfires.
  • The top guard helmet during the 1970s came in several different colors, black, red, green, yellow, white and oddly transparent.

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MSA Air-Purifying Respirators (APR)

 

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MSA Self Retracting Devices
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