Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers provide personal protective equipment (PPE)
footwear, if staff is exposed to hazards. OSHA aims to protect workers from foot injuries due to:
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have established
footwear standards. They test footwear for resistance to impacts, punctures, heat, compression, and more. OSHA requires
protective footwear must comply with ASTM and ANSI standards. Consult
OSHA directly for more details.
Types of Occupational Safety Boots
Choosing the right type of
safety boot depends on the work being performed and the possible hazards. Safety boots often provided ankle protection
and support. They can be waterproof and insulate against cold/heat. Footwear should provide necessary protection, be maintained,
cleaned, and sanitized as needed.
Electric hazard shoes or boots are specially designed to protect you should you come in contact with live electric currents.
steel toe boots are common work boots, used in industrial and construction settings where foot accidents are likely.
Shoe covers are typically used to protect against contamination. Disposable shoe covers and dispensers are generally
used in the medical or sterile settings. Waterproof shoe and boot covers protect shoes from water or wet conditions.
NOTE: This information is a summary interpretation and was prepared as general reference material only. This summary is
not authoritative as laws can be amended over time. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please refer to
the actual code language and the statute or legal counsel.