Three factors to consider when selecting electrical safety footwearOctober 16, 2015 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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When it comes to on-the-job safety, footwear plays a major role. It is important to look at the specific job and work environment to determine the type of safety footwear required. For electrical workers, in particular, there are a few key factors to consider.
Toe and sole safety
Often, the environments that electrical workers are in require a safety toe designed to protect against the impact of heavy objects falling on, or rolling over, the toes. Electrical workers will also benefit from having a shoe or boot with a puncture-resistant sole plate to protect against sharp objects penetrating through the sole of the footwear.
The CSA has three main classifications when it comes to the categorization of safety footwear from the perspective of electrical conductivity.
- Insulating footwear (also known as non-conductive), classified as Electric Shock Resistant (ESR), is recommended for industries where workers are at risk of making accidental contact with live electrical conductors.
- Static Dissipative (SD) footwear is designed to dissipate static through outer soles made from anti-static materials. SD footwear is recommended for industries where static discharge can create a hazard to either the wearer or the equipment.
- Conductive footwear, designed with soles that are electrically conductive, is recommended for any industry where static discharge may create a hazard of explosion.
Look and fit
As comfort and performance technology in safety footwear continues to develop and expand, workers are provided more choices of features to suit their needs. For example, if the electrical worker regularly climbs ladders, footwear with a sole that provides stability through such features as a 90-degree heel, or specially grooved treads designed to grip ladder rungs, may be a good option.
A safety footwear specialty retailer like Mister Safety Shoes can help by recommending footwear that best addresses all of the worker’s needs — and making sure it fits properly.
A trusted expert
There are many factors to consider when selecting safety footwear. A trusted expert like Mister Safety Shoes can help. It has professional staff who are well trained in selecting and fitting customers, and the company offers a wide range of styles to choose from.