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Do you know the limitations of safety shoes?
Jul 10, 2017

Do you know the limitations of safety shoes?

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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