Many industrial companies require their staff to wear steel-toed boots as part of a compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Regulations introduced in 1994 and supplemented in 2008 require staff of certain industries to wear protective footwear just as they wear protective head wear. In the most basic terms, the OSHA regulation states that any job which has the potential for a risk of piercing, falling or electrical hazards must ensure that all those exposed to the risks have the proper footwear. Basically, if the job involves nails, falling blocks, heavy equipment or forklifts, the chances are good that you'll need a steel toe boot.
When worker's compensation came about in the early decades of the 1900's, steel toe boots were used around construction sites. It wasn't until WWII that steel toe boots were used in a factory setting. Then, factories worked around the clock producing munitions, and any accident would mean a big disruption. Finally, Nixon's occupational safety and health act of 1970 pushed the issue to the forefront.
Here are the top 12 reasons why you should be wearing a steel toe boot at work:
1. OSHA requirements
Sometimes, you just don't have a choice. If you work in an industry with the potential hazards listed above, you'll probably need to wear a steel toe boot while on the job. It may not be required to be slip-resistant, but that's just another added level of safety to keep you on your feet and on the job.
2. Falling debris
If you work a construction job, there's the constant risk of falling bricks, lumber or heavy equipment. Steel toe boots prevent such objects from taking your toes with them. If you're protecting your head from falling objects, you should do the same for your toes.
It's a common misconception that steel toe boots are uncomfortable. Scott D., a designer from Massachusetts, had this to say of his SFC Senator shoes: "I've had them for over a year now and find them to be very comfortable. The quality is very nice as well."
4. Avoid slip and fall accidents
It's not just falling objects that could severely hurt your toes. If you take a fall, it could damage your foot. Slip-resistant shoes can help to prevent such accidents and the steel toe will give you an extra layer of hardened protection.
5. Looks great
When you think of steel-toed footwear, you probably imagine the classic heavy black boot. You can definitely choose that durable look, but there are actually a ton of different styles. SFC has steel-toed boots that resemble sleek sports shoes, dress shoes and many other stylish varieties.
6. Complements your hard hat
A good steel toe boot works well with your hard hat. It finishes out the look of your uniform and ensures that you're safe from head to toe. If you're headed to a hazardous job site, there's no reason you shouldn't be completely protected.
Steel-toed footwear is meant to last a long time. A good pair of boots is a lot like your trusty toolbox. They go with you wherever you need to get work done. They can take a beating without getting worn down quickly. If you're looking for a piece of equipment that won't let you down, look no further than the steel toe boot.
8. Varying length
As was mentioned above, you don't have to settle for just one look. The Guardian III steel toe boot has a long calf that keeps out water. Brian C., a chef from Texas, said of the footwear, "These boots are wonderful in the kitchen. When the floors are wet, I know that I won't slip and my feet won't get wet!"
9. Keep your toes
You're attached to your toes, aren't you? According to Popular Science magazine, your toes help you to walk, run, jump and balance. Without them, life would much more difficult. Wearing steel toe boots is the best way to ensure you keep all ten of these important appendages.
10. Fit well with socks
A good pair of socks can take an already comfortable boot and make it extremely pleasant to wear. If you need to wear your safety shoes for 10 or 12 hours a day, comfort will be extremely important to you. Matching a good pair of durable socks with your new boots will help to keep you going for the longest shifts.
11. Avoid snake bites
If you work out in the wild, you might have to worry about getting ambushed by a poisonous snake. You never know where it will strike, but you can guarantee they won't be able to pierce through steel.
12. 'MythBusters' proved them to be safe
There was once a popular myth that steel toe boots could actually harm your toes if something very heavy fell on them. The popular TV show "MythBusters " put this theory to the test and proved it false. In all of their experiments, steel toe boots protected the foot just as they are designed to do.
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