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  • Personal Protective Equipment Foot Protection by Dan Junkins
  • Who Needs Foot PPE ?
    • For protection of feet from falling or rolling objects, sharp objects, molten metal, hot surfaces, and wet slippery surfaces workers should use appropriate safety shoes, or boots.
  • Causes of Foot Problems
    • Foot Problems:
    • Severely aching feet blisters, calluses, corns, hard flooring, rheumatism, arthritis, malformations of toes, fallen arches (flat feet), bunions, sprains
    • Common Causes:
    • Long periods of standing, hard flooring, and poorly fitted footwear:
    • high heals, pointed shoes, lack of arch support, too loose or too tight footwear
  • Causes of Foot Problems ?
    • Foot Problems:
    • Sweaty feet, fungal infections (Athlete’s Foot)
    • Common Causes:
    • Hot and humid environment, strenuous work, footwear with synthetic (non-porous) uppers
  • How Does the Working Position Contribute to the Foot Problem ?
    • Since the human foot is designed for mobility, maintaining an upright stance is extremely tiring.
    • Continuos standing can cause the joints of the feet to become mis-aligned (flat feet) and cause inflammation that can later lead to rheumatism and arthritis.
  • The Human Foot
  • How Does the Flooring Contribute to the Foot Problems ?
    • The type of flooring used in the work place has an important influence on comfort.
    • Hard unyielding floors like concrete are the least comfortable surfaces to work on.
    • Working on a hard floor has the impact of a hammer, pounding the heel at every step.
    • Slippery floors are hazardous for slips and falls that can result in sprains or broken bones.
  • How Does the Foot Wear Contribute to the Foot Problems?
    • Foot wear that fits poorly or is in of repair contributes heavily to foot discomfort
  • Specific Examples of Workplace Foot Injuries
    • Injuries:
    • Crushed or broken feet, amputation of toes or feet
    • Punctures of the sole of the foot
    • Common Causes:
    • Feet trapped between objects or caught in a crack, falls of heavy objects, moving vehicles (lift trucks)
    • Loose nails, sharp metal or glass objects
  • Specific Examples of Workplace Foot Injures
    • Injuries:
    • Cuts or severed feet or toes
    • Lacerations
    • Electric shocks
    • Common Causes:
    • Chain saws, rotary mowers
    • Unguarded machinery
    • Static electricity, contact with sources of electricity
  • Specific Examples of Workplace Foot Injuries
    • Injuries:
    • Burns
    • Common Causes:
    • Molten metal splashes, chemical splashes, contact with fire, flammable or explosive atmospheres
  • Specific Examples of Workplace Foot Injuries
    • Injuries:
    • Sprained or twisted ankles, fractured or broken bones because of slips, trips, or falls
    • Common Causes:
    • Slippery floors, littered walkways, incorrect footwear, poor lighting
  • How can foot injuries be prevented ?
    • The first step in developing a strategy to reduce foot problems is to identify the relevant hazards at the workplace.
  • How Can the Job Design Improve Foot Safety ?
    • Aching, flat or tired feet are common among workers who spend most of their working time standing.
    • The most important goal of job design is to avoid fixed positions especially fixed standing positions.
  • How Can the Job Design Improve Foot Safety ?
    • Job rotation moves workers from one job to another
    • Job enlargement includes more and different tasks in a workers duties
    • Rest breaks, frequent short breaks are preferable to fewer long breaks
  • How Can the Workplace Design Improve Foot Safety ?
    • For standing jobs, an adjustable work surface is best
    • Work station design should allow the worker room to change body position
    • A foot rail or footrest enables workers to shift weight from one leg to another
    • Where possible a worker should be allowed to work sitting or standing at will
  • How Can the Kind of Floor Improve Foot Comfort ?
    • Where resilient floors are not practical, foot wear with thick, insulating soles and shock absorbing insoles can alleviate discomfort
    • Anti-fatigue matting
  • What should I Know About Footwear ?
    • Proper footwear is important, not only for foot comfort but also for one’s general well being. Improper footwear can cause or aggravate existing foot problems.
  • What Should I Know When I Buy Footwear for Work ?
    • The inner side of the shoe must be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe
    • The shoe must grip the heel firmly
    • the forepart must allow freedom of movement for the toes
    • The shoe must have a fastening across the instep to prevent the foot from slipping when walking
  • What Should I Know When I Buy Footwear for Work ?
    • Do not expect that footwear which is too tight will stretch with wear
    • have both feet measured. Feet normally differ in size
    • Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot
    • Buy shoes late in the afternoon when feet are likely to be swollen to their maximum size
  • What Should I Know About Protective Footwear ?
    • The role of Personal Protective Equipment is to minimize exposure to specific occupational hazards, not to eliminate them. Protective Footwear does not guarantee total protection
  • Safety Shoes and Boots
    • Steel Toe footwear protects your toes from falling objects and from being crushed.
    • Metatarsal footwear have special guards that run from your ankle to your toes and protect the entire foot
  • Safety Shoes and Boots
    • Reinforced sole footwear have metal reinforcement that protects your foot from punctures.
    • Latex/Rubber footwear resists chemicals and provides extra traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Safety Shoes and Boots
    • PVC footwear protects your feet against moisture and improves traction.
    • Butyl footwear protects against most ketones, aldehydes, alcohol's, acids, salts, and alkalis.
    • Vinyl footwear resists solvents, acids, alkalis, salts, water, grease, and blood.
  • Safety Shoes and Boots
    • Nitrile footwear resists animal fats, oils and chemicals.
    • Electrostatic Dissipating footwear conducts static electricity to floors that are grounded.
    • Electrical Hazard footwear are insulated with tough rubber to prevent shocks and burns from electricity.
  • Wearing and Using Safety Footwear
    • Select and use the right kind of footwear for the job you are going to be performing. Footwear should meet or exceed the standards set by ANSI (ANSI Z41-1991)
    • Avoid footwear made of leather or cloth if you work around acids or caustics. These chemicals quickly eat through the leather or cloth,and can injure your feet.
  • Wearing and Using Safety Footwear
    • Select footwear that fits.
    • Inspect your footwear before you use them. Look for holes and cracks that might leak.
    • Replace footwear that is worn or torn.
    • After working with chemicals, hose your footwear with water to rinse away any chemicals or dirt before removing your footwear.
  • Wearing and Using Safety Footwear
    • Avoid borrowing footwear. Footwear is personal protective equipment .
    • Store footwear in a clean, cool, dry, ventilated area.
  • Remember
    • Your Feet are one of your greatest assets.
    • Protect them!