Protection of the Feet
Protective clothing and equipment is a topic which is covered in numerous health and safety courses as it is an extremely important subject which could mean the difference between life and death. Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE for short, is provided to protect a person from harm when it has not been possible to make their job role safer.
Protective equipment often involves items of clothing which are designed to provide protection for the wearer. One area of the body which often needs protecting is the foot, as there are a number of potential causes of injury for feet and toes.
A major cause of injuries to the feet is from items being dropped onto them, particularly the toes which can easily be broken by an item that is dropped due to poor manual handling techniques or try to pick up a load which is too heavy. Appropriate footwear needs to be worn when there is a risk of sharp objects penetrating through the sole and causing a sharps injury to the person. There is also a danger to those who have the potential in their job role or work environment to stand in wet concrete as this can cause severe corrosive burns if it were to come into contact with a person's skin.
One of the industries in which workers have the potential to encounter all three of the above hazards is the construction industry. This means that construction workers must wear the correct footwear at all times, and it is up to the site manager to ensure that everybody working on site is complying with this. The syllabus of construction courses and qualifications such as the CITB Site Managers SMSTS, Site Supervisors SSSTS and the NEBOSH Construction Certificate courses will cover Personal Protective Equipment and staying safe on a construction site to avoid injury and accidents.