PPE - Foot Protection Information

Purpose

Safety shoes are required where the potential for serious injury to the foot may result from an employee's daily job duties. Foot injuries may occur in areas where there are rolling or falling objects, objects piercing the sole, or where feet are exposed to electrical hazards. These guidelines are not intended to apply to functions performed by an employee on a rare or special occasion, unless the risk of foot injury is great.

Use of Safety Shoes

In general, the need for safety shoes is indicated if work involves:

  • Hand carrying rigid equipment or objects weighing 20 lbs. or more up and down stairs
  • Lifting or carrying rigid equipment or objects on a floor or level surface where:
  • 20 to 49 lbs. or lifted or carried object is above knee level, or,
  • 50 lbs. or more is lifted or carried at any elevation.
  • Use of wheeled carts or dollies that have a load of 50 lbs. or more.
  • Use of mechanical lifting equipment such as overhead hoists to lift and move material.
  • Areas where sharp objects may puncture the feet.
  • Areas with manual material handling carts or heavy pipes that could roll over the feet.
  • Frequenting areas where others are engaged in the above activities.

Shoe Design Standards

Safety shoes and boots meeting the ANSI Z41-1991 provide both impact and compression protection. Special types of shoes can also be obtained that provide puncture protection, or offer electrical insulation from foot contact with electrical sources.

Shoe Purchase Sources

As of July 1,2009, General Stores no longer processes Personal Protective Equipment Requisitions for the University of Iowa. Each department is responsible for procuring safety shoes with outside vendors for its employees. Shoes may be paid for with a departmental Pcard or Purchase Order, or the department may reimburse the employees for shoes purchased directly. Safety glasses are still purchased through UI Optical with an interdepartmental requisition.

Shoe Wear Factors

Damaged or defective shoes should be replaced.

Shoe Limitations

Safety shoes only protect the toes and not the instep or metatarsals.