Toolbox Talk: Foot Protection
Guide for Discussion: OSHA regulations require affected employees to use protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, objects piercing the sole, chemical hazards are present, and where employees are exposed to electrical hazards.
Here is an overview of some of the different types of job hazards that could require the use of protective footwear or devices:
- Heavy materials being cut with a saw, shear, or cutting torch can fall and strike an employee’s foot;
- Handling heavy tools or building materials that are easily dropped or knocked over by an employee, such as when working with or around bricks, blocks, steel components, and other similar building materials, can fall and strike your foot;
- Rolling objects and equipment, such as heavy pipes, steel billets, wheeled carts, and other round objects, can roll over or onto your foot.
- Sharp objects on walking surfaces, such as nails, sharp rebar, shards of broken glass, or sharp pieces of metal, can pierce the soles or side of your shoe or boot;
- Toxic chemicals that could saturate your footwear can be absorbed through your skin;
- Working around energized electrical lines and equipment exposing workers to electrical current can travel through footwear with conductive soles.
On construction job-sites lace up work boots are to be worn. These include safety-toe boots, attachable toe-caps, boots with leather sides and uppers and/or steel shanks to prevent piercing by sharp objects, chemical-resistant boots, and or boots with non-conductive soles. Use only protective footwear or protective devices provided or specifically approved by the company, or you could become injured.
If you feel we have overlooked an operation that presents a potential hazard to your feet, or if there is a new operation you perform that has not been evaluated, please alert your supervisor or safety manager at once so the hazard can be addressed.
Any question or comment about about when or what type of protective footwear to use on the job?
NOTE: Always promote a discussion on any of the topics covered in the Tool Box Talk. Should any question arise that your cannot readily answer please contact our OSHA Certified Instructor:
Marcos Caballero: (813) 498-0359 or MCaballero@ConstructCorps.com