Just like the tires on your car provide traction and safety, your footwear does the same thing. The amount of traction you receive depends on the shoes and boots you choose. And, selecting the right footwear depends on the hazards you face in your workplace.
Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of on-the-job injuries. The right footwear can help keep you safe in slippery conditions. It all comes down to choosing the proper outsole.
Outsoles are the part of the boots that come in contact with the ground. They’re most commonly made of rubber because of its excellent abrasion, oil-, and slip-resistant qualities. However, new materials, such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polyurethane (PU), and ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), are lighter in weight and more flexible. PU and EVA also provide greater cushioning.
Outsoles are available in different tread patterns, from very aggressive to nearly smooth.
In addition to choices of outsoles, there are also choices in the outsole construction.
Choosing the proper footwear is an important part of staying safe on the job. If you need help making the right selection for your workplace, give our Technical Support reps a call at 800-922-8553, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re here to help!