Work Shoes Give Support and Protection
Work shoes are an often neglected piece of the employee attire. Injuries to the foot and leg can result in missed work, lower productivity and expense. Choosing the proper work shoes depends upon the activity and the working conditions. In many industries steel toe boots are required for work in specific areas. These work shoes are designed to limit the damage done if heavy objects fall. In a foodservice environment the risk of heavy objects falling is far less than in a factory or a construction site.
Work Shoes within a restaurant or kitchen need to provide comfort and support. These employees are required to be on their feet for most of their working day. Providing adequate work shoes can be a benefit to you as well as your workers. Standing or continuous walking can cause many problems. While these conditions come with the work the use of supportive work shoes can minimize the effects on productivity and time off due to illness.
Protective footwear can also include waterproof overshoes. This type of work shoe is often overlooked. When job responsibilities take the employee outside it stands to reason that this responsibility will continue on days with inclement weather. This protective footwear, work shoes can assist the worker by making an unpleasant task a little easier. Keeping the primary shoes dry and reducing the risk of slipping and falling are two of the many benefits. These work shoes also show the employee that you are concerned for their well-being and safety.
What can be done to minimize standing –related injuries?
- Have two pairs of work shoes so one can dry out for 24 hours.
- Stand with one foot in front of the other, not side by side.
- Periodically shift your weight from one leg to the other
- Work with one foot slightly raised.
- Wear cotton or wool socks to let your feet breathe.
- Consider healthy weight reductions, if needed (less weight reduces stress on the joints affected by standing)
- Sit and move as much as possible
- Wear shoes that are sturdy, low heeled, supportive and comfortable.
- Wear shoes that have room for insoles to cushion the shock of walking.
- Wear shoes that do not change the shape of your foot.