Proper footwear is essential on the jobsite. You might feel more comfortable in a pair of running shoes, but these won’t protect your feet from injury.
Proper footwear is a high-top leather boot with a steel toe and a puncture resistant sole. Lace them right up to the top to avoid sprained ankles. Replace your work boots when they show signs of serious wear or damage. You don’t want to take chances with an injury that could take your ability to walk!
All footwear must be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and have a Green Triangle tag when you buy it. The Green Triangle means that your footwear has a steel toe cap and a puncture resistant sole. When you’re walking around a worksite, you’ll be grateful for that kind of added protection!
Protective footwear must meet the requirements of the most current version of CAN/CSA-Z195† (minimum CSA Grade I – green triangle) or ANSI Z41. Where the risk of electrical shock exists, electrical shock resistant footwear must be worn (identified by the orange omega symbol).
When selecting foot protection, consider task hazards such as uneven terrain, slipping, weather, impact and crush potential, chemicals, hot fluids, steam, electrical shock and objects piercing the soles.
Keep in mind that Leather boots are permeable to oil/gas streams and solvents. Impervious kneelength boots in natural rubber, neoprene, urethane, urethane/vinyl composite, PVC and Hazmax (Bata) are permitted. PVC and natural rubber hip and chest waders are also permitted.
When selecting work boots, the boot must provide sufficient ankle support for the worker to prevent ankle injury. Boot covers and overboots can be used for temporary work in contaminated areas. Overboots are available in butyl rubber, nitrile, neoprene, Hazmax (Bata), PVC, polyethylene and natural rubber. Safety-toed running shoes are prohibited.
When using pressure washing equipment, proper footwear selection must include metatarsal protection to prevent injuries resulting from contact with pressurized fluid streams. Foot traction devices/stabilizers, e.g. cleats, are recommended for icy winter conditions.
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