Safety Boots and Footwear: The Complete Buyer’s Guide

SHP Online is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Changes to legislation in recent years mean that PPE (including safety boots and footwear) is provided by the employer at no cost to the worker.  But with such an abundance of safety footwear on the market, it can be a daunting task working out exactly what your workforce needs and which products meet the requirements of the tasks and workers involved. Sole descriptions are varied, from ‘improving the grip performance’ to ‘excellent multi-directional slip-resistance’. Often, footwear is just described as ‘slip-resistant’ with no description of the conditions for which the footwear is most suitable. When selecting footwear, you need to take into account several factors in addition to slip resistance, such as comfort, durability and any other safety features required, such as toe protection. Even the HSE suggest that the final choice may have to be a compromise. Safety footwear – as with all types of PPE – should only ever be used as a ‘last resort’ whe...

Safety Boots and Footwear: The Complete Buyer’s Guide

SHP Online is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Changes to legislation in recent years mean that PPE (including safety boots and footwear) is provided by the employer at no cost to the worker.  But with such an abundance of safety footwear on the market, it can be a daunting task working out exactly what your workforce needs and which products meet the requirements of the tasks and workers involved. Sole descriptions are varied, from ‘improving the grip performance’ to ‘excellent multi-directional slip-resistance’. Often, footwear is just described as ‘slip-resistant’ with no description of the conditions for which the footwear is most suitable. When selecting footwear, you need to take into account several factors in addition to slip resistance, such as comfort, durability and any other safety features required, such as toe protection. Even the HSE suggest that the final choice may have to be a compromise. Safety footwear – as with all types of PPE – should only ever be used as a ‘last resort’ whe...