Do you know the limitations of safety shoes?
No shoe is slip-proof. Just like earplugs, safety glasses, gloves and other personal
protective equipment (PPE), slip-resistant shoes help to reduce hazards and improve safety,
but they don’t make anyone a superhero.
And like everything else, shoes don’t last forever – even the best footwear needs to be
replaced from time to time. If the tread on a shoe’s sole is 50% worn the shoe is twice as
likely to contribute to a slip and fall injury as a new shoe or one with less wear would be.
Establishing a regular change-out schedule helps ensure that shoes aren’t worn past their
prime. David Natalizia, a member of the ASTM Committee on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and
Footwear, suggests replacing shoes when two pennies can be placed on an area of the sole
that has been worn smooth.
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