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Safety Footwear Articles

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Slip and Sliding Away

We make much of the role of upper materials in aiding foot protection, but until recently little attention was paid to the role of sole bottoming in aiding that most important function of ambulation, more commonly known as walking.

REACHing the Limit

In workplaces globally, protective safety footwear is worn to safeguard employees from industrial hazards. Uneven and slippery surfaces, and the risk of items being dropped on the feet and toes causing cut and crush injuries can all be mitigated with the correct footwear.

Statistics of Slips

Each year, thousands of people get injured due to slip, trip and fall incidents in workplaces, and the oil and gas industry is no exception.

Testing the Limits

​Focusing on workplace accidents that affect the lower extremities, this article determines protective and preventative measures to implement and points to footwear testing procedures.

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Top Five Footwear Tests

Designing Safety Footwear

Best Foot Forward

The Global Culture of Safety

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Step Towards Safety

Stepping Out of Danger

Avoiding Electrical Risks

Stepping Into Safety

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Wearable Robotic Protection

Safety And Fashion

Talking About Training Transfer

Look to The Past to Find The Future

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Steps To Safety

Customised Safety Footwear

Stepping Towards Safety

Slips, Trips and Falls

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Slip Sliding Away

Safety Footwear

Step Up to Safety

2013-01-18 EHS News: Following on from the November edition of Health and Safety International, Simon Courtney brings us the second of our two part series on safety footwear. Having previously looked in detail at testing

Footfall Measures

2012-12-19 EHS News: In my first contribution to this magazine I stressed that in shoemaking the ‘last should be first’. To recap a little, a shoe last is an interpretation of a so called average foot shape,

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In Step with Standards

2012-11-19 EHS News: Well engineered safety footwear offers wearers protection from a variety of hazards in a range of working environments. Comprehensive laboratory testing allows a manufacturer and supplier to demonstr

Working from Inside to Outside

2012-11-07 EHS News: The shoe Industry is an ancient craft. The skills of making shoes, boots and sandals go way back in antiquity and Guilds of Master Shoemakers existed in Europe as well established entities in the 110

Taking Steps Towards Safety

Taking Steps Towards Safety [Sep 2012]. Published in Health and Safety International - Europe's magazine for employee protection and personal protective equipment. HSI Magazine is published in January, April, July and October. It contains legislation updates for the whole of Europe, in-depth articles on Personal Protective Equipment and Company and Product Profiles to help you source the necessary equipment to protect your most valuable asset: your people.

Slips, Trips and Falls [Jun 2012]

Ninety-five percent of accidents in our industry happen due to unsafe situations. Due to all such unsafe situations, the most frequently occurring accidents in professional and non-professional life are slips, trips and falls. They are the major cause of injuries worldwide.

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Five Tests for Footwear

Since June 1995, products designed to protect the user from health and safety hazards must be CE marked before they can be sold in the European Community. This includes all such goods, wherever they are manufactured, including Asia. Such products are called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are covered by the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC. This EC directive defines the regulations and procedures required before a PPE product may be CE marked and placed on the market. It includes a set of health and safety requirements with which all PPE must comply.

Ergonomics for the Feet

Welcome to the world of Product, Process and Equipment Design and the need for Applied Ergonomics - especially in footwear design. One of the first things that you need to consider while you are working on the first iteration of product, equipment or process design is the integration of ergonomics and safety.

Safety From the Floor to Your Footwear

Safety From the Floor to Your Footwear [Jan 2012]. Published in Health and Safety International - Europe's magazine for employee protection and personal protective equipment. HSI Magazine is published in January, April, July and October. It contains legislation updates for the whole of Europe, in-depth articles on Personal Protective Equipment and Company and Product Profiles to help you source the necessary equipment to protect your most valuable asset: your people.

Slip Hazards

In the workplace, at home or at leisure, slipping on a surface can take just a fraction of a second, while the consequences could last for a lifetime. Broken bones, lost reputation and litigation under health and safety legislation are some of the possible outcomes. Thousands of slipping accidents and injuries that occur each year are caused by a lack of friction, or slip resistance, between footwear and floor and often can be prevented (or at least much reduced) with some forethought.

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Revolution and Evolution

This article aims to explore the general construction and safety standards relating to protective footwear utilised within industry. The intent of the author is that the reader will expand their knowledge of this subject and perhaps review their current collection of styles in terms of suitability against the tasks in which they are utilised.

Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

Take the Right Steps

Sara Wesche from Summit Training talks us through the important issues to consider in the selection and use of footwear, an important element of PPE in every industrial workplace.

Safety Footwear [May 2011]

While obviously safety products manufactured in the Middle East will be subject to emerging regulations, products sold in the European Community - wherever they are made - must be CE marked. This has been the case since June 1995. Products designed to protect the user from health and safety hazards are called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and in Europe are covered by the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC, which includes a set of health and safety requirements with which all PPE must comply. While there is an increasing acceptance in the Middle East that both the use and production of PPE that conforms to EC standards is something to aspire to in terms of safeguarding workforces, it should be accepted that an infrastructure needs to be in place both to maintain and enforce high standards.

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Safety Footwear [Dec 2010]

The European Union and the United States of America are the world’s largest safety footwear markets. Both have comprehensive legislation covering the workplace environment and performance requirements for safety footwear. Although other parts of the world have different legislation, the industrial hazards are generally very similar. Regardless of country, protective and safety footwear often incorporates similar features, such as safety toecaps and under-foot protection. More specialist footwear has been developed to protect against other physical risks, such as cutting by chainsaws, or environmental hazards associated with chemicals, heat and electricity.

Safety Footwear [Feb 2011]

In this article Darren Taylor, founder and owner of UK-based safety product supplier www.theuksafetystore.com, outlines how the issue of slips and trips in the workplace continues to cause significant problems for employers, as well as looking at some of the practical steps businesses can take to reduce the risks by adopting tried and tested examples of good practice, and where necessary, providing staff with the appropriate safety footwear.

Footwear for Chemical Protection

SATRA’s Peter Doughty highlights some key requirements and latest developments for chemical protection footwear intended for supply into the EU.

Protective Footwear [Dec 2010]

Selecting the right type of protective footwear for your site staff is not only essential for their safety, but it also forms part of your duty of care towards your employees. Some basic understanding of footwear categories and how they’re tested can make that selection process much simpler. It can even help you avoid inferior and counterfeit goods during procurement and help mitigate your risks.

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Footwear as PPE - Application Specific Footwear Choice and Training in Use

When engineering, work practice and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use.

Safety Footwear [Sept 2010]

SATRA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the testing and certification of protective and safety footwear, and routinely tests products incorporating protective elements. SATRA’s Austin Simmons explains the different types of toe cap and penetration-resistant inserts available, the tests applied and potential problems with footwear.

Best Foot Forward - Safety, protective and occupational footwear in Europe

In industry the use of shoes with toe protection have a long history of protecting workers from the dangers of mechanical impacts. As one of the first producers of such shoes, Germany has more than 100 years of tradition in this area.

Safety Footwear: A Step in the Right Direction

Ian Moses, the Research and Development and PPE Manager for Grampian Fire and Rescue Service is an authority on the benefits and features of various types of Safety Footwear. In his article he contributes a generous insight into the types of footwear products available on the market today and highlights the features of various types of footwear appropriate to certain situations.

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Slip Resistance of Footwear - Worn outdoor footwear and work footwear: a comparison

Worn outdoor footwear exhibits a wide range of potential slip resistance. The roughness, tread and hardness are components with only a minor influence upon the slip resistance. The material combination is probably the decisive factor determining the slip resistance.

Safety Footwear - Protection through well engineered design and manufacture

To consistently and effectively provide the necessary level of protection, safety footwear must be carefully designed and manufactured. A thorough consideration at the development stage of both the design and materials to be used can save both time and money during the testing and certification stage. A well-engineered product will also help to ensure there are few or no problems identified during ongoing compliance testing, thereby avoiding costly product recalls and the risk of litigation.

Industrial Safety Footwear - A Step In The Right Direction

The provision and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been subject of much debate over the years both in the UK and beyond. Up until recent times, employers would simply state that you must have your own safety boots and overall before starting work. This is no longer the case with changes in recent years to legislation ensuring that PPE is provided by the employer free of charge to the worker. This is obviously the case in the UK and most of Europe however the same may not go for all workers in areas of the world not so well regulated. For the purpose of this article we will focus on UK legislation as a guide to what is an acceptable level of provision of PPE and in particular safety Footwear. Before we discuss the various types of safety footwear available on the market it is important that we review the legislation that drives the provision of, training for and the maintenance of PPE in the workplace today.

Acceptance of Safety Footwear

Insufficient acceptance of safety shoes in the workplace challenges optimization of this footwear category (18). Prejudices against safety footwear are inadequate comfort, little cushioning abilities or high weight. Moreover, overuse injury is directly related to poor quality or function of safety shoes (1, 10, 14, 24).

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Protective Footwear - Matching performance needs to the workplace

Over the years safety footwear has advanced from steel toe capped boots, into a large and expanding business. This is good for choice and cost, but can be a bit of a nightmare for employers trying to select suitable protective footwear for their employees.

Protective Footwear [Sept 2009]

No matter what the country or the type of industry, slips, trips and falls remain one of the biggest international causes of workplace injuries and an almost constant challenge for those responsible for worker safety.

Slips, Trips and Falls [July 2009]

Last year, 61 people died and more than 14,000 suffered serious injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall from height in British workplaces. These incidents also cost British society an estimated £700 million.

Safety Footwear [May 2009]

The European Union and the United States of America are the world’s largest safety footwear market. Both have comprehensive legislation covering the workplace environment and performance requirements for safety footwear. Although other parts of the world have different legislation, the industrial hazards are generally very similar. Regardless of country, protective and safety footwear often incorporates similar features, such as safety toecaps and under-foot protection. More specialist footwear has been developed to protect against other physical risks, such as cutting by chainsaws, or environmental hazards associated with chemicals, heat and electricity.

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Safety Footwear [April 2009]

Feet have a tough job to do in working life, a fact that is overlooked all too often. Prolonged standing, walking, climbing, handling heavy machinery, falling objects, and slippery or sharp surfaces are just some of the many workplace hazards that feet may be exposed to on a daily basis. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, slips and trips account for the highest number of work-related major injuries across all industry sectors, while TUC figures show that over two million sick days are lost every year owing to lower limb disorders.

On Your Feet?

Just about everyone knows what we mean when we talk about 'safety boots' ....or do they? Hidden behind this familiar and widely used term are several layers of complexity, which can lead to confusion and misunderstanding, which can in turn lead to significant injuries or, in extreme circumstances, death.

Slips, Trips and Falls Lead to Shattered Lives

'Accidents can shatter lives.' That's the key message of a campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive this February. The campaign - 'Shattered Lives' - encourages a step-change in the attitudes of employers and their employees, to help them reduce the number of serious injuries to themselves and their colleagues. The duty of care for employees rests with employers but anyone at work can help to reduce slips, trips and falls from height in the workplace.

On The Back Foot

About 80% of people in industrial nations are, in varying degrees, suffering from back pain. 30% are considered to be chronic. Most backaches, though, are avoidable. More and more young people are prone to this problem, even whilst pupils and students. This is a very serious problem for the person involved who suffers because of the lasting effect on his psyche.

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Staying on Your Feet

Over the years safety footwear has advanced from steel toe capped boots, into a large and expanding business. This is good for choice and cost, but can be a bit of a nightmare for employers trying to select suitable protective footwear for their employees.

HSI's Footwear FORUM

We offered footwear manufacturers the opportunity to explain what they think are the most important considerations when selecting this major piece of PPE, what developments they are particularly proud of and how they see the market progressing in the future.

Slips and Trips

This report presents baseline findings from a survey on IOSH members’ views on the issue of slips and trips. The findings build a picture of how the issue is currently perceived, what’s being done about it and what additional support IOSH members feel they’d like. Annual surveys in 2007 and 2008 will provide both IOSH and HSE with further valuable information on how the situation is changing.

Get a Foot Hold

The use of safety footwear in the workpace can often be seen as a tricky issue for employers, but it really doesn't need to be if risk assessments are carried out and applied.

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These Boots Are Made For ......

These boots are made for ... Working! - Basics, selection and trends. For every sport there exists a shoe to prevent the musculoskeletal system of the foot from suffering injuries, wearing out or exhaustion. It is natural to wear a safe and proper sports shoe.

Better By Design

Biomechanical aspects of safety shoes.

Slips, Trips and Falls [July 2005]

Slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common cause of major injuries at work. They occur in almost all workplaces, 95% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial causes for a range of other accident types such as falls from height.

On The Back Foot (Jan 2005)

Fighting against back pain in the workplace About 80% of people in industrial nations are, in varying degrees, suffering from back pain. 30% are considered to be chronic. Most backaches, though, are avoidable.

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Protective Footwear [April 2004]

Wearing hiking boots to play soccer, ballet shoes for rugby or golf shoes for tennis would be unthinkable. For every sport there exists a shoe to prevent the musculoskeletal system of the foot from suffering injuries, wearing out or exhaustion. It is natural to wear a safe and proper sports shoe. The risks of injuries at work can be similar to those in sport. When it comes to parts of the body, the feet are one of the highest at risk to get injured in professional life, beaten into second place only by our hands.

Industrial Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls are the major cause of accidents reported to the UK Health and Safety Executive. They account for 35% of non fatal major injuries (e.g. fractures and amputations) and 21% of over-three-day injuries (e.g. sprains, strains and minor fractures). A recent estimate of the costs to the UK of these accidents was £1bn p.a.

 

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