Foot Protection


Foot Protection

Foot protection is necessary for a wide variety of hazards and therefore there are a wide variety of shoes and accessories. Some of the hazards present are falling objects, moving machinery, sharp objects, hot materials, chemicals, or slippery surfaces.

The most basic form of foot protection are closed-toed shoes and long pants. These are the basic requirements for laboratories and other hazardous work environments. 

IMPORTANT: Sandals, open-toed shoes, open-backed shoes, or Crocs do not protect feet from any workplace hazards and are unacceptable in labs, machine shops, and other hazardous areas.


Type of Protection Hazards It Protects Against When to Utilize Example
Steel Toe Boots

Falling objects, kicking, crushing hazards, etc.

Moving and carrying large objects and when around large and heavy machinery.

Inside of a Steel Toe boot

Steel Plated Boots


Construction Sites, building projects, and broken materials such as glass, metals, or wood.

Someone about to step on a nail

Slip-Resistant Shoes

Water, Oil and other slip hazards

Kitchens, snow removal, mopping, spills, and wet floors.

Slip Resistant soles on shoes

Insulated Shoes

Cold Temperatures

Winter work outside or in cold indoor environments (freezers, walk-in fridges, etc.)

Black Snow Boot

Chemical Resistant

Exposures to large amounts of chemicals

Moving drums, carrying chemicals, chemical spill clean-up, etc.

rubber boots

Electrical Rated

Electrical hazards (Shock, arc flash, etc.)

Electrical work

Work boot with electrical bolts around it