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I am an employer who is trying to implement a safety program. We work in an area with lots of forklifts and I am trying to find information in regards to wearing protective footwear, when is it necessary and why or why not?

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Whilst all the preceding information provided is correct you should also be looking hi-vis jackets and possibly helmets - and impose a "no gear no work" policy, although you should make sure you provide lockers for the safety gear to be stored. In addition you should be looking at marking out "safe" areas for pedestrians walking thru the warehouse and, dependent on the risk assessment, insist that all visitors wear hi-vis jackets and hats.
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Steel toe and slip resistant boots are recommended for ware house employees. It does not only protect from injuring your foot while goods can fall on you your foot it also can protect from slip and falls. RefrigiWear and shoes for crews will send you sample boots for your employees to test free of charge. I hope this advice helped
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See OSHA 3151-12R Foot and Leg Protection:
Employees who face possible foot or leg injuries from falling or rolling objects or from crushing or penetrating materials should wear protective footwear. Also, employees whose work involves exposure to hot substances or corrosive or poisonous materials must have protective gear to cover exposed body parts, including legs and feet. If an employee’s feet may be exposed to electrical hazards, non-conductive footwear should be worn. On the other
hand, workplace exposure to static electricity may necessitate the use of conductive footwear.
Examples of situations in which an employee should wear foot
and/or leg protection include:
_ When heavy objects such as barrels or tools might roll onto or fall on the employee’s feet;
_ Working with sharp objects such as nails or spikes that could pierce the soles or uppers of ordinary shoes;
_ Exposure to molten metal that might splash on feet or legs;
_ Working on or around hot, wet or slippery surfaces; and
_ Working when electrical hazards are present.
Safety footwear must meet ANSI minimum compression and
impact performance standards in ANSI Z41-1991 (American
National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear) or provide equivalent protection. Footwear purchased before July 5,
1994, must meet or provide equivalent protection to the earlier ANSI Standard (ANSI Z41.1-1967). All ANSI approved footwear has a protective toe and offers impact and compression protection. But the type and amount of protection is not always the same. Different footwear protects in different ways. Check the product’s
labelling or consult the manufacturer to make sure the footwear will protect the user from the hazards they face.
Foot and leg protection choices include the following:
_ Leggings protect the lower legs and feet from heat hazards such as molten metal or welding sparks. Safety snaps allow leggings to be removed quickly.
_ Metatarsal guards protect the instep area from impact and
compression. Made of aluminum, steel, fiber or plastic, these guards may be strapped to the outside of shoes.
_ Toe guards fit over the toes of regular shoes to protect the toes from impact and compression hazards. They may be made of steel, aluminum or plastic.
_ Combination foot and shin guards protect the lower legs and feet, and may be used in combination with toe guards when greater protection is needed.
_ Safety shoes have impact-resistant toes and heat-resistant soles that protect the feet against hot work surfaces common in roofing, paving and hot metal industries. The metal insoles of some safety shoes protect against puncture wounds. Safety shoes may also be designed to be electrically conductive to prevent the build up of static electricity in areas with the potential for explosive atmospheres or non-conductive to protect workers from workplace electrical hazards.

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