Your feet are critical to being able to work, so protect them properly. Feet are subject to being run over, slips and trips, punctures, chemical spills, electrical hazards, molten metals and hot and cold temperatures. Safety shoes are tested by the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI. ANSI ensures that your boots will meet specific requirements, such as impact resistance to at least 1000 pounds. The following features are some things to look for in a safety boot.
- ANSI Z41 rated – they will be labeled or stamped with this rating
- Steel or hard toe boot – needed with falling or rolling objects to protect the toes
- Metatarsal protection – needed with jackhammers, jumping jacks or if working closely with compactors – protects the top of the foot through the arch
- Puncture resistant shank (metal insole) – when exposed to piercing hazards like nails – protects the bottom of the foot
- Electrical resistance – when working with electricity or shock potential
- Slip resistance – for working on slippery surfaces
- Chemical or temperature resistance – based on exposure
- Defined heel – for climbing ladders
The boots should be made of leather, and come up over the ankle. Boots should be in good condition, without tears or holes. When you are looking to replace your boots, choose them with the protection factors you need. Make sure they meet the ANSI standard. Our work requires hard toe boots, since most owners require them. Your boots should also have puncture resistance soles and a defined heel for climbing ladders. Slip resistant soles are a plus also.