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Environmental Health and Safety - Foot Protection

Foot Protection

At WKU, street shoes are not always enough foot protection on the job.  You may need protection from the following hazards:

  • Falling or rolling objects
  • Objects piercing the sole
  • Electrical hazards
  • Contact with harmful or corrosive substances
  • Slippery or wet surfaces
  • Heat or cold contact
  • Stubbing or banging toes

Select footwear designed to protect against the hazards of the job. 

  • Reinforced impact-resistant steel toes or footguards for falling objects
  • Metal insoles or reinforced soles for punctures
  • Metal-free if electrical shock is the hazard
  • Rubber or neoprene for contact with hazardous chemicals
  • Insulated or heat-resistant soles for cold or hot floors

Even when special protective footwear is not necessary, your everyday work shoes or boots should meet all the following criteria:

  • Fit comfortably without slipping or pinching
  • Made of leather, rubber, or strong synthetic material
  • Provide good foot support
  • Have low heels and non-skid soles for good traction
  • Be in good conditions with no rips or holes
  • Laces fastened securely

Always inspect and maintain work shoes in good condition.  Repair or replace footwear that cannot provide good protection. 

For additional information or assistance, please contact Environment, Health and Safety (270) 745-2395.  

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 Last Modified 9/24/14