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.
Footwear should also be washed regularly. If the boots are smooth leather, they should be polished and treated; if you offer suede shoes, they must be brushed and water repellent sprayed. Soles should be brushed to remove dirt and contaminants, and shoes should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. For more detailed cleaning instructions, you should refer to the maintenance guide provided by the safety shoe manufacturer of your choice.
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, separation of rubber or PVC components, worn tread designs, and cuts, cracks, or perforations that could lead to leaks. If you have any doubts about whether the shoe will perform as originally intended, it’s time to throw it away