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The Importance of Wearing Quality Safety Footwear

When you think of protecting yourself and staying safe at work, footwear is often one of the last things to come to mind. Sure, you might remember to put on a hard hat, wear a hi-vis vest and even pop on a pair of ear defenders – but what about investing in quality safety footwear?

If you work in a role which exposes you to high risk of injury, then you need to take safety footwear seriously. Injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, and aren’t always caused by tripping or falling over. Let’s take a look at some of the most important reasons you should always wear the right safety footwear.

  • Prevent injuries
  • As we’ve already touched upon, wearing incorrect footwear for the job can unfortunately lead to serious injuries such as breaks, sprains or even worse – amputation. In busy working environments there can be so many hazards present, including heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals, so wearing correctly fitting steel toe boots of shoes could protect you from a life changing injury. Most quality safety footwear is also designed with a protective midsole too, this is an impenetrable sole which protects your foot if you stand on anything sharp.

  • Protection from all weathers
  • If your role involves you working outdoors, safety footwear can make all the difference – especially in the winter. They’ll protect you against freezing temperatures due to their insulation properties, and will keep your feet dry even in the heaviest downpours. This is crucial in protecting your feet against frostbite or long term circulatory issues.

  • Avoid slips and falls
  • Whether you’re outside working in wet or slippery conditions, on uneven terrain or indoors in an area with an increased risk of spillages, it’s important to be wearing safety boots or shoes with a decent amount of grip. Good quality safety footwear will keep you supported and safe on your feet with a decent non-slip sole.

  • Protects you from muscle strain
  • Perhaps not the sort of injury that first comes to mind when you think of your feet, but if you’re in a role which regularly involves heavy lifting or using heavy machinery, then your feet can take a great deal of strain when supporting you. You should always wear a quality safety shoe which is well cushioned and provides adequate support for the arch of your foot, as well as your ankle.

When you’re next looking for a quality pair of safety shoes or boots, here’s a basic checklist of must-have features for you to consider:

  • Heavy duty steel or composite toe cap
  • Insulation (If being worn outside in low temperatures)
  • Protective midsole (can be steel or composite)
  • Supportive arch
  • Non-slip rubber sole
  • Lightweight design

We hope now you understand how wearing the correct footwear can really make all the difference in a working environment. Taking these simple steps to wearing the right PPE can make you a much happier and healthier employee, which in turn will make you more productive in your role.

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