Which workers need ASTM-compliant footwear?
Occupational footwear is a standard component of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required for many employees in the construction, industrial, government and service fields. Section 29 CFR 1910.136 (a) clearly states the parameters of the protective footwear regulation: “The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, or when the use of protective footwear will protect the affected employee from an electrical hazard, such as a static-discharge or electric-shock hazard, that remains after the employer takes other necessary protective measures.”ii To ascertain which workers require ASTM-certified footwear, a workplace hazard assessment must be conducted, either by staff or a safety consultant.
Penalties for non-compliance
As safety and risk managers well know, OSHA is famous for its surprise inspections that occur without notice, and failure to comply with regulations can carry a steep cost in fines and sanctions. As of 2019, maximum penalties are $13,260 for serious violations and $13,260 per day for “failure to abate” violations. Repeat violations could cost up to $132,598iii.
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