Foot Protection Safety Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company Safety Department
Foot Safety • Could heavy objects fall or roll onto your feet? • Are sharp objects present that could be stepped on? • Are there any hot or corrosive materials located in the workplace? • Do you work with electricity?
Foot Safety • Answering yes to any of the previous questions means you should be wearing appropriate foot protection in the workplace.
Foot Safety • Not all hazards can be eliminated • Wearing foot protection is just as important as other forms of personal protective equipment
Potential Problems • Impact Hazards • Any time your foot may come into contact with another object with a significant amount of force • Example: stubbed toe
Potential Problems • Compression Hazards • Pinching, squeezing, or otherwise crushing your foot with a heavy object. • Example: Dropping a heavy object on your foot
Potential Problems • Puncture Hazards • Stepping on a sharp object which pierces the sole of the shoe and foot. • Example: Stepping on a nail
Types of Safety Shoes • General • Impact resistant toes • Heat resistant soles • Metal insoles
Types of Safety Shoes • General • Not all safety shoes are the same • One type of safety shoe cannot be interchanged for another • The first step in selecting a shoe is to determine what foot hazards will be faced on the job
Types of Safety Shoes • Electrically Conductive Shoes • Prevent against the build-up of static electricity • Specifically for workers in explosive and hazardous locations • Reduces the risk of producing a spark from static electricity • Conductive shoes should never been worn outside these facilities
Types of Safety Shoes • Electrical Hazard, Safety Toe Shoes • Non conductive, prevents feet from completing an electrical circuit to the ground • Protect against open circuits of up to 600 volts in dry conditions • Should be used in conjunction with other insulating equipment • Can be compromised if wet, soles wear out, metal particles become imbedded or workers touch conductive, grounded items
Types of Safety Shoes • Foundry Shoes • Insulate the feet from extreme heat of molten metal • Disallow hot metal from lodging in shoe eyelets, tongues or other shoe parts
Quiz • True or False • All safety shoes and boots are designed with the same basic structure and typically protect against the same general hazards. FALSE
Quiz • Describe and give an example of an impact injury to the foot. An impact injury results when something slams into your foot or you slam your foot into something. An example is a stubbed toe.
Quiz • Puncture hazards to the feet are common in many industries. Provide an example. Stepping on a nail
Quiz • What are some of the common design elements that most safety shoes or boots have? • Impact resistant toes • Heat resistant soles • Metal insoles
Quiz • Electrically conductive shoes protect against the build-up of ______________. Static electricity
Quiz • Why is it important for those working in a grain elevator to wear electrically conductive shoes? To protect against the build up of static electricity and thusly an explosion or fire.
Quiz • Name two things that compromise the insulating ability of electrical hazard, safety toe shoes. • Shoes become wet • Soles wear out • Metal particles become embedded • Workers touch conductive, grounded objects
Quiz • What types of hazards are minimized by wearing foundry shoes? Extreme heat from molten metal
Quiz • What is the first step when selecting appropriate safety boots or shoes? Determine what types of foot related hazards the worker will face