Safety shoes are required where the potential for serious injury to the
foot may result from an employee's daily job duties. Foot injuries may
occur in areas where there are rolling or falling objects, objects
piercing the sole, or where feet are exposed to electrical hazards.
These guidelines are not intended to apply to functions performed by an
employee on a rare or special occasion, unless the risk of foot injury
In general, the need for safety shoes is indicated if work involves:
- Hand carrying rigid equipment or objects weighing 20 lbs. or more up and down stairs
- Lifting or carrying rigid equipment or objects on a floor or level surface where:
- 20 to 49 lbs. or lifted or carried object is above knee level, or,
- 50 lbs. or more is lifted or carried at any elevation.
- Use of wheeled carts or dollies that have a load of 50 lbs. or more.
- Use of mechanical lifting equipment such as overhead hoists to lift and move material.
- Areas where sharp objects may puncture the feet.
- Areas with manual material handling carts or heavy pipes that could roll over the feet.
- Frequenting areas where others are engaged in the above activities.