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Safety Footwear Articles

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Stepping Into Safety

Steps To Safety

Stepping Towards Safety

Slip Sliding Away

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Slips, Trips and Falls [Jun 2012]

Ninety-five percent of accidents in our industry happen due to unsafe situations. Due to all such unsafe situations, the most frequently occurring accidents in professional and non-professional life are slips, trips and falls. They are the major cause of injuries worldwide.

Five Tests for Footwear

Since June 1995, products designed to protect the user from health and safety hazards must be CE marked before they can be sold in the European Community. This includes all such goods, wherever they are manufactured, including Asia. Such products are called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are covered by the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC. This EC directive defines the regulations and procedures required before a PPE product may be CE marked and placed on the market. It includes a set of health and safety requirements with which all PPE must comply.

Slip Hazards

In the workplace, at home or at leisure, slipping on a surface can take just a fraction of a second, while the consequences could last for a lifetime. Broken bones, lost reputation and litigation under health and safety legislation are some of the possible outcomes. Thousands of slipping accidents and injuries that occur each year are caused by a lack of friction, or slip resistance, between footwear and floor and often can be prevented (or at least much reduced) with some forethought.

Chemical Protection

Chemical incidents can be of various types. Some result in the need for minor first aid while others are disastrous accidents, involving the use of hazardous chemicals – which can be toxic, flammable or reactive.

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Safety Footwear [Dec 2010]

The European Union and the United States of America are the world’s largest safety footwear markets. Both have comprehensive legislation covering the workplace environment and performance requirements for safety footwear. Although other parts of the world have different legislation, the industrial hazards are generally very similar. Regardless of country, protective and safety footwear often incorporates similar features, such as safety toecaps and under-foot protection. More specialist footwear has been developed to protect against other physical risks, such as cutting by chainsaws, or environmental hazards associated with chemicals, heat and electricity.

Protective Footwear [Dec 2010]

Selecting the right type of protective footwear for your site staff is not only essential for their safety, but it also forms part of your duty of care towards your employees. Some basic understanding of footwear categories and how they’re tested can make that selection process much simpler. It can even help you avoid inferior and counterfeit goods during procurement and help mitigate your risks.

Safety Footwear [Sept 2010]

SATRA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the testing and certification of protective and safety footwear, and routinely tests products incorporating protective elements. SATRA’s Austin Simmons explains the different types of toe cap and penetration-resistant inserts available, the tests applied and potential problems with footwear.

Safety Footwear - Protection through well engineered design and manufacture

To consistently and effectively provide the necessary level of protection, safety footwear must be carefully designed and manufactured. A thorough consideration at the development stage of both the design and materials to be used can save both time and money during the testing and certification stage. A well-engineered product will also help to ensure there are few or no problems identified during ongoing compliance testing, thereby avoiding costly product recalls and the risk of litigation.

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