Surviving Safety Inspections

Safety Inspections can be time-consuming and it is often difficult to see the value in the minutia of the safety regulations for your industry. The exact distance that a machine guard has to be seperated from a nip point for example can seem arbitrary.

The problem with this is that although you may find small non serious violations, if an employee ever gets hurt on your premises, their lawyer may use your previous safety violation as evidence of your disregard for worker safety. The cleaner your record is, the more secure you are.

In South Africa safety inspections are becoming more routine.  This week I have heard of serveral construction and electrical companies that were ordered off-site in Zimbali because the crew did not have the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). An entire day was wasted because the crew did not have goggles and a first aid kit.

Croc ban for Welsh hospital staff

Hospital staff in Wales have been told they can no longer wear Croc-style sandals while at work due to safety concerns.

Officials say the rubber footwear does not offer sufficient protection against sharp objects, such as needles.

“The all-Wales uniform policy and dress code for all NHS staff, including nurses, includes health and safety guidelines.

“This states that footwear used in medical and clinical areas should be an enclosed/full shoe, which provides adequate support and a stable, non-slip sole.”

 

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How to Choose Safety Shoes

Safety Shoes

There is a huge variety of shoes and boots. Choosing the correct one can be difficult.

There are so man variaties of safety shoes and boots that it is often difficult to decide which is right for you.

The most important factor is fit and comfort. Safety shoes should feel as comfortable as everyday shoes. Every persons feet are different, so what is comfortable for your collegue may not be right for you.

Keep in mind is that not all shoes are sized the same.  So many people are adamant that they will only wear one size and there is no possible way that any other size will fit their foot.  Different manufacturers size their boots and shoes to different specifications.  A size 9 by one manufacturer may not equal a size 9 made by another manufacturer. Safety shoes differ from regular shoes because they have a steel toe cap. The toe cap will never stretch or adapt to your foot, so if you try a shoes on and your toes are in contact with the steel toe cap you need to try a bigger size. On the otherhand, resist the urge to big, oversized shoes can cause injuries like sprains

Safety shoes have many different features and come in many different combinations – waterproof, insulated, 6-inch, 8-inch, steel toe, composite toe, aluminum toe, electrical hazard, electrostatic-dissipative, puncture resistant, and slip resistant.

Shoe or Boot?

Standard shoes have that comfortable feeling and suitable for any daily activities. Military style boots, on the other hand, are suitable for any rigorous activities or jobs that may require extra protection, maybe from a big fall or heavy materials. Boots are also useful for protecting against twisting and sprains of the ankle.

Special Requirements

If you work in an environment with conductive components boots should be selected to reduce the opportunity for electrocution.  If work with chemicals and corrosive materials shoes that are made of a resistant material should be choses to protect your feet.  If you work in areas with sharp objects for example you may select a shoe with a steel midsole which will protect your feet from puncture damage.

 

 

Beier Footwear competition

Beier Safety Footwear, the manufacturers of Bova and Sisi are running a show and tell competition where you can win airtime weekly or monthly cash prizes.  All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and post a picture or story of how hard you work or play in your Bova or Sisi Safety Shoes.

It’s not a hard task to do as Bova is one of the leading South African brands of safety shoe.