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In today’s world, there is an increasing focus on worker safety. Especially those workers who spend a lot of time standing. This includes construction, manufacturing, agricultural and other workers.
Generally, these workers face issues such as sprains, injuries from sharp objects, press feet and slips, trips and falls. These problems are frequent.
Therefore, we must conduct a hazard assessment of all potential risks in the workplace, and then conduct a risk assessment of the Safety shoes they are wearing to choose the most suitable safety shoes to protect workers.

Slips, trips and falls are the biggest cause of accidents in all industries, from manufacturing to office and warehouse work, according to a statement from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Ensuring your employees are wearing the correct safety shoes is one way to prevent this, but you need to be aware of certain standards. Here’s how to conduct a simple safety shoe risk assessment.

The latest figures on slips, trips and falls have found they have caused more than three days of absenteeism across Europe. Often, the main problem is the floor surface. In addition to ensuring floors remain clean and dry, workers should also wear safety footwear appropriate to their occupation and work environment.
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Step1 : doing a general risk test

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Once you have identified each hazard through a safety footwear risk assessment, equip each worker with the correct safety hazard footwear.
This will ensure that your employees are not only safe but also more productive.
Still, before buying the best safety shoes from a top safety shoe supplier, you should do a shoe inspection checklist.
Before deciding which security features are required, you must conduct a general risk assessment to first understand what you need to guard against. You need to ask yourself:
What’s the harm?
Who could be harmed and how?
How dangerous is the risk and how can you guard against it?

Step2:What’s the harm?

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You need to consider potential hazards in the workplace. Start by walking around your business and isolating some hazards. They vary by work environment, but may include:
Spilled liquid.
Wires and cables run through the floor.
An object that acts as an obstacle.
sharp objects.
heavy objects.

Step2:Who could be harmed and how?

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After a period of use, due to the full leather upper, it will be worn out, but regular cleaning and leather care will prolong its service life. If it is well maintained, it will be used for more than 1 year, saving you a lot of money for buying work shoes.

Step3:How dangerous is the risk and how can you guard against it?

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The next stage is to assess how dangerous the risks are and how likely they are to occur. You need to try to eliminate the risk entirely, or reduce the risk to a level that is unlikely to cause harm. By balancing the level of risk with the measures needed to control the risk in terms of resources (time and money), the aim is to reduce everything to a level that is “reasonably practicable”. If it requires too many resources to be worth it, then there is no need for action.

Step4:Various risks in the workplace with safety shoes

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1.Sharp and stab wounds

In any workplace, it is possible to misplace or scatter sharp objects such as nails, screws or sharp side material.
As a result, workers may soon face injuries and wounds that can affect their work.
Even though workers are often doing household chores, the potential for foot injuries remains.
Therefore, to be completely safe, workers must wear puncture-resistant safety boots with heavy duty soles and thick outer layers.

2.Hazard Assessment of Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

Electric shock or static electricity is a common workplace hazard (hazard di tempat kerja), especially with machinery and industrial tools.
Therefore, employers must determine which areas present these hazards. Then, equip employees working in these areas with insulated safety shoes and anti-static safety shoes.
To solve this problem, buy anti-static shoes made of non-conductive genuine leather material for better foot protection.

2.Causes of slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls often occur due to slippery surfaces, slippery floors and spilled liquids.
These accidents may not be as deadly as other hazards, but it is the most common. Therefore, a hazard assessment is essential to determine where these accidents are likely to occur.
After that, employers must prepare non-slip or non-slip safety shoes for workers in these accident-prone areas.

Step5:Assess the Safety Features of Safety Shoes

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Now that you’ve identified the potential hazards and the level of risk and hazard they can pose to your employees, you can decide what safety features are required in team footwear.
There are many types of safety shoes, all designed for a variety of working conditions. Safety codes indicate the level of protection that footwear provides against a specific hazard. SB (Safety Basic) is the basic standard level of safety shoes, with a non-slip sole and steel toe cap that protects against 200 joules of impact.

SB-rated shoes provide adequate protection for most industries, but certain job roles may require additional safety features. Make sure your footwear risk assessment is tailored to specific job roles and tasks, as different hazards will be involved.
Assume there is a risk that dropped heavy and sharp objects could pierce the sole. The SB-class toe cap has a steel toe cap, so it prevents heavy objects from crushing the toes, but not sharp objects from piercing the sole. In this case you will need midsole penetration protection – provided by S3 rated shoes.

Examples of hazards to consider
Risk of injury from puncture, tear, cut, needle stick or crush. Consider which part of the foot might be injured.
How long do employees stand or walk?
Are special equipment/appliances used, such as power tools?
Will the sole wear out quickly from floor or walking conditions?
Are the shoes secure on the foot?
Need Heel and Ankle Support?
Do shoes need a closed back?
Need taller shoes or boots?
Is there a risk of contact with molten material?
Is there a risk of exposure to hazardous liquids such as corrosives, solvents, biohazards or hot liquids?
Is there a risk of conduction?

Step6: Perform a safety footwear risk assessment

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Risk assessment should be an ongoing task. Few workplaces remain the same, and in most cases, you will introduce new working conditions – from new team members to new equipment and protocols. These bring a new set of hazards that you will need to review and update your risk assessment from time to time.
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If your employees are going to wear safety shoes that provide them with adequate protection, you need to first determine which hazards need to be prevented. SB-rated footwear is a good starting point, but certain working conditions may require additional specialized protection.
If your workplace is at risk of foot injury, make sure you recommend that all employees wear appropriate footwear.
It is also good practice to allow multiple styles of footwear where possible to accommodate differences in foot size, comfort and personal preference.