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How to choose a suitable pair of work shoes and safety shoes?

1)In addition to choosing the appropriate type of safety shoes according to the operating conditions, it should also fit the feet and make people feel comfortable to wear. This is very important, and the appropriate shoe size should be carefully selected.
2)Safety shoes must have a non-slip design, not only to protect people’s feet from injury, but also to prevent accidents caused by operators being slipped.
3)Safety shoes with different performances must meet the technical indicators of their respective protective performance, such as the toes are not smashed, the soles of the feet are not stabbed, and insulation and electrical conductivity are required. But safety shoes are not a panacea.
4)Carefully inspect or test safety shoes before using them. Broken and cracked safety shoes are dangerous in electrical and acid-base operations.
5)Safety shoes should be properly stored after use, and rubber shoes should be rinsed with water or disinfectant after use and dried to prolong their service life.

It can be measured and selected from several aspects:
1. Shoe type: (abbreviation: model), that is, the length and width of the shoe, and whether the width and tightness of the shoe body are in line with the foot.
2. Upper: Whether the softness of the leather is natural and comfortable when walking.
3. Shoe bond: Can the entire shoe bond fit the foot without hitting the foot, loose but not off, and elastic.
4. Inner pad: whether the vibration support function, sweat absorption function, massage function and health care function are correctly used.
5. Inside: Whether the materials with ventilation function, waterproof function , heat preservation function and environmental protection function are correctly selected.
6. Sole: Choose the base material and anti-skid requirements for different regions and different environments. For example, in a good environment, use a relatively anti-skid, lightweight base material with outstanding vibration-supporting function. The outdoor site environment adopts reinforced anti-skid and wear-resistant substrates, which can withstand the use in harsh environments. Subdivided into: white-collar, blue-collar, salary, administrative industry, light industry, heavy industry, site construction, tourism, service industry, etc.
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How does work position affect foot problems?
Common foot problems occur both on and off the job. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that some work-related factors can contribute to foot problems, especially jobs that require standing for long periods of time. Since human feet are designed for movement, maintaining an upright posture is very tiring. Standing for hours, day in and day out, not only tires a worker’s feet, but it can also cause permanent damage. Continuous standing can lead to misalignment of the joints in the bones of the foot (for example, resulting in flat feet) and can lead to inflammation, which can lead to rheumatism and arthritis.

Safety shoes are different from ordinary shoes. Although they are a kind of protection for the feet, they need to be properly used and maintained to ensure the effective performance and maintain the user’s foot health. The role and maintenance methods of safety shoes Which ones, the specific ones will be introduced one by one below.

First of all, the safety shoes should be cleaned regularly, and secondly, the soles should be cleaned frequently to avoid the accumulation of dirt; and also, do not modify the structure of safety shoes at will, because the structure of regular safety shoes is well designed by the designer. To protect personal safety, random modification may affect the safety index of safety shoes; the last thing to note is that safety shoes should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place when not in use. Safety shoes are for people to protect their personal safety. Tools must be used and maintained carefully.

Different types of safety shoes should also be distinguished in terms of use specifications. Oil-proof shoes are used for places where oil is splashed or splashed on the ground; waterproof shoes are used for workplaces where water is splashed or splashed on the ground; cold-proof shoes are used for low-temperature workers. Anti-puncture shoes are used for sole protection to prevent being stabbed by various sharp and hard objects; the main function of anti-smashing shoes is to prevent falling objects from smashing the feet; the main function of steel-making shoes is Anti-burning, puncturing, should be able to withstand a certain static pressure and a certain temperature, non-flammable, these shoes are suitable for smelting, furnace, cast iron and so on. In addition to this, there are many types of safety shoes, which are suitable for many more purposes.
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How can work design improve foot safety?
Sore, flat, or tired feet are common among workers who stand most of the time.

Job expansion includes more and different tasks within a worker’s responsibilities. If it increases the variety of body positions and movements, workers are less likely to suffer from foot problems.
Job rotation moves workers from one job to another. It distributes standing among a group of workers and shortens the amount of time each person stands.
However, it has to be a rotation, with workers doing something completely different, like walking around or sitting on the next job.

Rest periods can help alleviate foot problems that make redesign work impractical. Frequent short breaks are preferable to infrequent long breaks. Each team member carries a different set of actions to complete the entire product. Teamwork allows workers to alternate between tasks, which in turn reduces the risk of overloading their feet. Teamwork gives the entire team more control and autonomy in planning and distributing work.

Make sure your work shoes are comfortable
Sometimes work boots and shoes can still be uncomfortable despite wearing the correct size and choosing footwear that meets all relevant safety regulations. Perfectly fitting waterproof safety boots can still be uncomfortable if not carefully selected. While they may provide the necessary protection, they may not fit the wearer’s feet or work roles at all. It’s a good idea to have workers try several types or brands of footwear and gather their feedback. After all, the people who wear them every day!

Workers are advised against the idea of “putting on” new shoes because contrary to popular belief, if a shoe fits, it should feel comfortable immediately. If discomfort occurs early and the insoles and socks are unaffected, employees are advised to try a different shoe rather than grin and bear it. Uncomfortable safety shoes should not be put up with and it is important to show workers that their comfort is not a secondary consideration.
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Make sure your work shoes are comfortable

Sometimes work boots and shoes can still be uncomfortable despite wearing the correct size and choosing footwear that meets all relevant safety regulations. Perfectly fitting waterproof safety boots can still be uncomfortable if not carefully selected. While they may provide the necessary protection, they may not fit the wearer’s feet or work roles at all. It’s a good idea to have workers try several types or brands of footwear and gather their feedback. After all, the people who wear them every day!

Workers are advised against the idea of “putting on” new shoes because contrary to popular belief, if a shoe fits, it should feel comfortable immediately. If discomfort occurs early and the insoles and socks are unaffected, employees are advised to try a different shoe rather than grin and bear it. Uncomfortable safety shoes should not be put up with and it is important to show workers that their comfort is not a secondary consideration.

Risks of bad safety shoes
Some people wear safety boots more than any other type of shoe. Foot injuries and conditions can occur if inappropriate footwear is regularly worn. Many worker roles require them to be standing most of the day. Footwear that is too tight, too heavy, and lacks friction or thermal protection can cause short-term discomfort and long-term health problems for the wearer.

More than half of occupational injuries are directly related to hands and feet. Musculoskeletal disorders such as plantar fasciitis, collapsed arches or flat feet are also common and many cases go undiagnosed. Over time, workers with these conditions can suffer secondary injuries to their knees, hips, spine and even neck. This can put excessive stress on the ligaments, muscles, and nerves of the foot.

What is the answer to preventing these foot-related health problems? Provide high quality and supportive footwear!

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With all the potential safety hazards in the workplace, feet are especially vulnerable. Falling objects, sharp objects on the floor and slippery surfaces are common hazards that put workers at risk of foot injury, with slips, trips and falls accounting for 31% of all non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017/18. In all of these situations, safety shoes can serve as a critical line of defense against injury.

All workplaces are different, so will the type of safety shoes required. Non-slip safety shoes minimize the risk of slips, trips and falls, while insulated steel toe boots protect the wearer from extreme temperatures and health problems caused by falling objects. It’s important to consider the specific hazards that exist in the workplace and choose the right safety footwear to keep your employees safe from injury.

Take the time to maintain your safety shoes

Once you have a shoe that fits, fits and is comfortable, you need to ensure that the quality of the shoe is maintained. If footwear is not regularly maintained, it can quickly become unsuitable despite all the precautions taken. HSE recommends that PPE must be properly handled and stored when not in use. Safety shoes should always be inspected for malfunction, damage, wear and dirt before wearing.

Once safety shoes are no longer fit for purpose and beyond repair, it’s time to replace them. When footwear reaches retirement age, there are several warning signs, such as damaged toes, exposed protective components, detached rubber or PVC components, worn tread designs, and cuts, cracks, or perforations that can lead to leaks. If you have any doubts about whether the shoe will perform as originally intended, it’s time to throw it away!
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Providing your team with a pair of “standard” safety boots is not enough to keep your employees safe and comfortable, regardless of their role, work environment or personal needs. Safety footwear should be selected carefully with due consideration to fit, comfort, purpose and specific workplace hazards that employees may face.

Summary

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