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Jobs that Require Non-Slip Shoes - Monday, July 29, 2013

Jobs that Require Non-Slip Shoes

In most cases, non-slip (or slip-resistant) safety shoes are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if you work in any of the jobs we listed below. Worker safety is extremely important, and should be on the mind of employers (and employees!) at all times. Non-slip shoes are worn to reduce or eliminate the possibility of slips and falls while on the job. Most non-slip shoes can prevent slips due to oil, grease, water, and many other types of liquids.

Waitresses and Restaurant workers

This is probably the #1 place people think of when they think of jobs that require slip resistant shoes. Restaurants and other food service industries are notorious for having unpredictable floors. Employees can also benefit from employers treating their floors with applications that create safer surface traction and greater resistance properties.

Roofing Contractors

Employees working in the roofing industries will especially need non-slip shoes due to the dangers when climbing ladders, working on different roof surfaces, and because they’re exposed to the outside weather. A good pair of non-slip shoes can mean all the difference when it comes to a good day’s work or a very serious injury.

Residential and Commercial House Cleaners

Employees and individuals who clean houses, offices and other buildings for a living are often required to wear non-slip shoes because of the dangers of cleaning while mopping, or working in the kitchens or bathrooms, etc. For those who aren’t required to wear, they should be considered to prevent the possibility a fall or injury.

Food Processing Jobs

Many food processing types of jobs require employees to wear slip-resistant shoes due to the back-and-forth traveling across hard floors that can be wet. Some employers consider adding slip-resistant coating to the floors, but that’s not alternative to non-slip safety shoes.

We Carry Non-Slip Shoes

We carry non-slip shoes at all of our retail safety shoe stores: Bootworks in Louisville, Kentucky; Footworks in Cincinnati, Ohio; Footworks in Decatur, Illinois; Footworks in Indianapolis, Indiana, Footworks in Columbus, Indiana; Footworks in Northern Kentucky; and Footworks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For a list of our store locations and addresses, click here.

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How to Buy the Best Safety Shoes - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How to Buy the Best Safety Shoes

There are some things to look out for when buying safety shoes. In order to verify you’re making a good buying decision, and to make sure you’re buying the type of shoes that fit your needs, we’ve come up with a list of things to check for before making the final decision.

1. First thing is first – if you’re looking for safety shoes for work, what kind of environment do you work in? For example, if you’re in the field of heavy construction, steel toed boots are best. If you work in the Louisiana bayou, on the other hand, you’ll want a pair of waterproof shoes. But there are the types of jobs where you might need steel toe shoes and waterproof shoes, so keep this in mind. We actually do carry multi-purpose shoes—in fact, most of our shoes are multi-purpose. If you’re unsure of the terms or what type of shoes you might need, on the other hand, we advise doing a little bit of research on our previous blog posts or checking your information against our safety shoes legend.

2. After you’ve decided what type of safety shoes you need, you’ll need to do further research on how durable the shoe is. This usually depends on the particular brand and model of shoe. There are many reviews online that provide reference points, or you can try contacting us with any questions you might have on durability.

3. Make sure that the safety shoes you want will fit correctly before purchasing a pair. Shoes of different brands and types will fit differently than your every-day sneakers. It’s very important to find shoes that fit correctly when you work a job that requires you to be on your feet for 8 or more hours each day. Also remember that with steel-toed shoes, your toes are not supposed to touch the steel. This can lead to foot injuries—it isn’t just about discomfort. We can’t stress this point enough.

4. Don’t be uncomfortable with asking questions. Whether you’re buying online or in-store, ask questions when you’re unsure of the right size for you, when you’re unsure of a certain brand, or if you’re unsure of what type of shoe does what.

5. Check for coupons, deals and/or special promotions if the safety shoe you want and need is at a higher price point. We have sales going on at our many store locations here in Ohio, and in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Kentucky…check us out!

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