REDwire Selecting the proper safety shoe

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Mister Safety Shoes' staff are trained to recommend which shoe is most appropriate for specific work conditions.

Foot injuries are a very common occurrence in workplaces today, whether it’s from punctures, crushing, sprains and lacerations, slips, trips and falls, or even calluses and ingrown toenails. Two out of every three workers will suffer some type of foot injury in their lifetime, according to data from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

This is why proper footwear is critical in the workplace.

As a trusted footwear expert, Mister Safety Shoes offers a wide selection of footwear for every hazard. There are five key areas the company says that every worker should consider to ensure they have selected the most appropriate safety footwear for the job.

1. Endurance: Ensure the footwear is both rugged and durable enough for the environment, particularly if you’re exposed to chemicals, sharp objects and wet conditions. And make sure they’re long lasting. Worn footwear is not safe.

2. Ergonomics: Many foot problems begin with improper ergonomics, such as weight and support, or from lack of comfort, padding and breathability. Support and comfort help keep workers alert, balanced and in control.

3. Foot protection: There is footwear for almost every hazard, from electric shock and static dissipation, to toe impact and sharp objects into the bottom of the foot. Each of these hazard prevention areas has its own CSA symbol associated with it. Make sure the shoe you select has the symbol that matches your needs.

4. Sole safety: Slip resistance must be considered during shoe selection; however, slip resistance of soles varies based on temperature, content of water and lubricants, as well as other factors. Make sure the sole is recommended for your type of work environment.

5. Style: While esthetics may not be the most important factor, studies show that compliance with safety regulations improves if the safety equipment looks good to the employee. Personal satisfaction goes a long way towards a proper safety attitude.

Mister Safety Shoes offers a large selection of safety footwear that combines safety, comfort and style. The company has 16 retail store locations across Ontario and Alberta, and convenient mobile trucks that bring a fully stocked showroom to the job site. Its team of safety shoe experts can recommend which shoe is most appropriate for specific work conditions.

For more information, contact Mister Safety Shoes at 1-800-707-0051 or


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