Q. Who needs Safety Footwear?
A. Most organizations understand that the first step in workplace safety is to remove potential hazards. However, since it is not possible to remove all hazards, personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required to help reduce injuries sustained in the workplace.Where a worksite has significant hazards that could result in injury to an employee's feet, the employer must provide suitable safety footwear at no cost to the employee. The Health & Safety in employment aims to promote the health & safety of everyone at work & of other people in or around places of work. To achieve this, it requires people who are responsible for work & those who do the work to take the steps to ensure their own health & safety & that of others.
Q. What is a Safety shoe & how does it keep your footsafe?
A. The basic feature of a safety shoe is a shoe that has a Steel Toe Cap. This is to provide impact protection for the toe area. An all leather upper can help keep your foot safe from hazardous chemical spills & an oil & acid resistant sole protects your feet when walking on a variety of different workplace surfaces. A polyurethane sole with a steel mid sole can give you slip resistance & penetration protection thereby keeping your foot safe.
Q. How long should my Safety shoes last?
A. Generally, the manufacturers will say that the average life span of a pair of safety shoes is a year, depending on your work environment & personal wear & tear. If you polish your safety shoes & look after them, they will look after you.
Q. What kind of warranty does your Safety Footwear carry?
A. We offer a 6 month warrantee if you encounter a manufacturing problem of cracked sole. Q. What are the two major types of work-related foot injuries?
A. PHYSICAL: crushing, punctures, sprains, lacerations & thermal. This may happen as a result of slips, trips & falls.
CHEMICAL: Due to use of Acid Alkali & chemicals resulting in burns & dermatitis.
ELECTRICAL: Static & High Voltage.
Where there are hazards on the worksite that are likely to result in these types of injury, then protective footwear must be worn.
Q. Can an employer pay an employee an allowance to cover the cost of Safety Footwear instead of actually providing the footwear?
A. No. An employer cannot pay an allowance in lieu of providing necessary safety footwear, as employer has to ensure that worker to minimize the hazard should wear the footwear offering adequate protection. Nor can the employer require an employee to provide his or her own safety footwear as pre-condition of employment or as a condition of an employment agreement.
Q. What about casual or temporary employees, or those who stay for only a short time?
A. Ownership of the footwear remains with the employer. The employer can require the employee to return the boots issued to them on termination of employment.
Q: What are the various elements of a boot sole?
A: The outsole is the bottom of the footwear & comes in direct contact with the ground; it provides a measure of protection, depending upon the material it is constructed out of, & is made out of a variety of materials (normally, PU, Rubber & TPU) with different tread designs. The midsole is the middle layer or layers that go on top of the outside; it helps provide durability & comfort to the boot. The insole is the comfort layer that goes on top of the midsole & on which in-sock is placed on which wearer's foot rests.
Q: What is the strongest outsole construction?
A: Direct attach is the best – where the sole is injected into the leather upper in a liquid state &molded onto the boot. Here (Rubber/PU) is directly bonded with leather fiber for a waterproof strong bonding. In Direct attach no adhesive is used as sole material itself bears adhesive properties. The other construction are cemented – where the outsole is bonded to the leather upper with an adhesive & Goodyear Welted – where the outsole is sewn on to the leather upper & the boot can be resoled.
Q: What is the most comfortable sole construction?
A: Direct Attach is the most comfortable type of outsole construction, Cement is the next, and while Goodyear Welt construction is the least comfortable.
Q: What types of materials are used in midsole construction?
A: The types of materials used in midsole construction include polyurethane, rubber & EVA (the least durable & generally not used in safety footwear).
Q: What are the materials used in insole construction?
A: Non Woven Board, Leather, Leather Board, Canvas & Kevlar Fabric is generally used as insole. Non-Woven board & Kevlar are used in Antistatic footwear.
Q: What is the shank?
A: The shank is a metal or heavy composite plastic strip in the midsole for reinforcement of the wearer's arch, providing support to the bottom of the boot. The shank is glued, whipstitched or tacked in place. Now a day it is not used in majority of the footwear.
Q. What makes Shoes most slip-resistant?
A. Sole tread design & material compounding ability to grips the microscopic roughness of the floor provide slip resistance. The open channel that disperse liquids out from under the shoe sole provide maximum slip-resistance.
Q. Why are some soles more slip-resistant than others?
A. Different sole compounds & tread designs create different coefficients of friction. Therefore, some grip the floor better than others.
Q. Are all 'Safety Shoes' slip-resistant?
A. No. Only those have been tested for slip-resistant. (SRA & SRC). Even these tests do not mean you won't slip. Please remember that NO sole is 100% slip-proof.These tests provide extra protection but no guarantee that you wont slip.
Q. Does 'oil-resistant' mean the same as slip-resistant?
A. No. Generally that refers to the sole’s ability to resist fuel oil. However, our shoes are oil resistant as well as slip resistant on both wet & greasy or oily surfaces.
Q. How long will the sole last?
A. There's no one answer to the question. It depends on how you use your shoes. We have heard from numerous people stating that our shoes have lasted anywhere from 12 months to 3 years! And, we warranty our sole for 6 months against any manufacturing defect.