Protecting Your Feet
- Be aware of workplace and equipment hazards before starting your work. Say something if you see something of concern, such as:
- Loose nails
- Sharp objects low to the ground
- Unguarded machines, such as saws
- Poorly lit walkways
- Slippery floors
- When on your feet for long periods of time, take rest breaks to alleviate foot problems. Short, frequent breaks are preferable over fewer, longer breaks.
- Inspect footwear regularly for damage. Only wear footwear that is in good condition.
- Wear the proper foot protection for the job you are performing. If you are unsure of your work environment's hazards, ask these questions to help determine what type of footwear is best:
- What are the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards for footwear?
- Does this job require steel-toed boots?
- Do my work shoes need to be slip-resistant?
- Will I be required to stand for long periods of time?
- Will we be working on hard, unyielding floors like concrete?