Occupational safety and health is always the first priority in the workplace. Protecting your workers from potential danger and harm is important to ensure that you have a healthy and safe workforce to meet the goals of your company.
Your feet are twenty five percent of the bones of your body. If one of these bones is dislocated, your whole body is probably affected. Foot injuries can also cause emotional and physiological stresses and changes that can affect your activities of daily living. Standing, walking, and running depend on the condition of your feet. When your foot is working properly, you are helping your body to work properly too.
Foot injuries account to 12% of all the workplace injuries each year. Statistics shows that 15,000 foot injuries occur in workplace. These workplace accidents results to increased number of lost hours of labor and salary. Workplace foot injuries can involve punctures, sprains, burns and lacerations. Serious injuries can include bone fractures, crushed bones, and toe amputation. Accidents by trips, slips and falls are the most common reasons for these injuries.
To protect workers from the distress of foot injuries it is suggested that workers comply with the requirements of the law to provide appropriate safety boots for their employees, but workers themselves have a responsibility for their own personal safety depending on the nature of their work. The strict mandatory policy made by many nations, including the UK aims to prevent accident and promote safety. The regulation advocates safety compliance of the workers to ensure wearing of personal protective equipments especially in settings where workplace hazards are present. Workers are encouraged to participate and be involved in the program.
Safety boots come in different designs, styles, texture, and composition. Safety boot can be classified into steel toe cap boot and non-metallic toe cap boot. Steel-toe boots, also known as steel-capped boots, are durable and sturdy which provide protective reinforcement in the toe which guard the foot from falling object, compression, or force. It sometimes comes in steel midsole against puncture from pointed object under the foot. It is made from steel or composite material specially designed for construction industry and many industrial settings. However, non-metallic safety boots are designed for environment where steel is not appropriate. These boots reduce cold-transfer in cooler environment and meets the ASTM standard for impact and compression testing.
The metatarsals are fragile bones located at the top and bottom area of the foot which form the framework for the arches of the feet. These bones need to be protected by metatarsal guard to protect the foot from falling objects. The metatarsal guard can be purchased separately from the boots or is built in inside so the user can place the guard anytime whenever the situation calls.
Footwear made of non-synthetic materials are leather and canvas. Leather/canvas boots helps reduce the risk of sweaty feet, athlete's foot and other foot problems caused by fungi. It is also designed in workplace where hot weather takes place to avoid slips and ankle twists. Cotton or wool socks are also helpful in preventing rashes and itching.
One of the most important considerations in buying safety boots is the fit and the snug of the boots to the foot of the wearer. Poor fitting safety boots can result to immediate foot problems such as corns, blisters, twisted ankles and injured toes.
The important consideration to remember is that protective footwear is designed to protect the worker in the event of an accident, not merely to prevent accidents. Employees need to be extremely cautious of their feet when working around hazardous equipment, stockpiles, and while placing or moving heavy loads. Remember to keep your feet covered with the right safety boots.
Selection and use of the most appropriate safety boots for the workers can have a dramatic effect on reducing accidents and injuries. When choosing safety boots, you need to select the legally approved shoe or boot required for your job activity, equipment, and setting. Remember to take good care of your feet. Preventing foot injuries and fractures can help you yield good labor and compensation. Wearing quality and comfortable safety boots is the best guaranteed and cost-effective way to prevent fractures and have a healthy working condition.