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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 Keep Your Feet Safe at Work - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Keeping your toes and feet safe should be of the utmost importance to you while working. Whether you work in construction, in a heavy manufacturing field, in a laboratory or somewhere else where your feet could be in danger, finding the right type of safety shoes before you go on site will be required under standardized health standards and therefore by your employer.

If you work with equipment that could fall on you without a moment’s notice and you weren’t wearing steel-toed boots, the worst could happen. Moreover, it could impair your ability to work, and it could be fatal, too. Steel-toed boots are made to withstand several hundred pounds of falling pressure—keeping your feet safe and sound while working.

For your protection, we’ve put together a store that has it all: we carry steel-toed boots, alloy-toed shoes, composite-toed shoes, slip-resistant shoes, waterproof shoes, metatarsal shoes, electrical hazard resistant shoes, and more. Be sure to check out our legend on the left side of the homepage and the product description on each product to make sure you are purchasing the right type of shoe or boot for you.

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Finding the Right Slip-Resistant Safety Shoes - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here at Safety Shoes Distributors, we have several different styles of men’s and women’s slip-resistant (non-slip) safety shoes. It’s our goal to make it simple for you to browse our selection, or to filter your search results by choosing your gender, the shoe brand, color, style or shoe type (i.e. composite toe, soft toe, steel toe, etc.).

It’s difficult to develop non-slip shoes because there are so many variables when it comes to slippery surfaces. What makes the floor or ground slippery? Surfaces can be muddy, greasy, wet, oily, or just newly-polished. Additionally, surfaces may have any number of material or debris on it. Whatever the case may be, you have to be able to control the surface below your feet.

Because of all the different kinds of slippery surfaces, there is not a single standard on non-slip shoes. However, we provide several different brands of non-slip shoes to really fit your needs in your work environment. If you have any questions about your particular environment and which safety shoes are best for it, don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact information below.

Telephone Number:  (513) 563-4220
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Mailing Address: 10156 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241

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About Men’s and Women’s Work Safety Shoes with Metatarsal Support - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Metatarsal Men Work Shoes | Women Work Shoes | Metatarsal shoes

The metatarsus, or metatarsal, is a set of bones in the forefoot that are more commonly known as the ball of the foot—it’s the part between the instep and the toes. These bones work together to support your entire body while walking. It’s important to keep these bones protected, especially if you’re working around heavy materials.

That’s where safety shoes that feature metatarsal protection comes in. Work safety shoes that come with a metatarsal can be a life saver. They provide a layer of extra protection to keep the metatarsal bones safe from an accidental impact. These boots are a must in certain environments where a lot of heavy materials are moving around.

Here at Safety Shoe Distributors, we carry several men’s and women’s safety shoes that have metatarsal guards. Check out our brand-leading Hytest safety boots and shoes for men and women for more details on our stock of metatarsal safety shoes.

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Top 10 Reasons to Wear Steel-Toed Boots | Safety Shoes - Tuesday, April 2, 2013


       Ten Reasons to Wear Steel-Toed Boots or Safety Shoes

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1.       It might be mandatory. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the US Department for Labor might require that your workplace require its employees to wear steel-toed boots or safety shoes. To be compliant under OSHA standards, some manual labor industries require them to prevent or help injury while on the job. This is the case with industries where employees are exposed to hazards such as falling objects, objects that could pierce the sole of a shoe, or electrical hazards.

2.       Foot injuries are a common workplace injury. Foot injuries come in all shapes and sizes, some of which include punctures, lacerations, crushing, sprains, and falls.

3.       Many steel-toed boots can withstand up to 75 pounds of falling pressure from objects dropped from up to three yards. Moreover, it’s been tested and proven that many steel-toed boots can withstand several hundred pounds from a dropped object.

4.       You can still be safe without sacrificing comfort. There are several ways to improve the comfort level of your feet while keeping them protected. Be sure to choose the right shoe size, make sure your boots are long enough (and that they go well past your ankles), and choose socks that are meant for use with steel-toed boots. Some socks are ergonomically made to provide the most comfort while wearing safety boots.

5.       If you’re not wearing steel-toed boots and your employer requires it under OSHA, you could be sent home from work. If safety shoes or boots are required, employers are allowed to send their employees home under OSHA compliance standards and for not acting in a safe manner.

6.       Steel-toed boots help prevent a wide range of injuries, not just injuries from falling objects. They can also help prevent injuries due to slips and falls, cuts/lacerations and burns, and punctures. A sturdy safety shoe or boot makes it more difficult for injuries such as these to occur.

7.       Safety footwear can also help alleviate discomfort that comes from prolonged standing on hard floors and surfaces.  Believe it or not, safety boots often times provide extra support and comfort, which can raise overall comfort levels while standing for a long time.

8.       Safety shoes can be fashionable, too. Some brands provide a wide selection of shoes that are easy on the eyes without sacrificing safety. (Safety Shoe Distributors covers 50 different models of safety shoes—and that’s just in the women’s department.)

9.       The Right Boot For Your Job. With the many choices of steel toe boots out there, many are made for specific areas of work. We are experts at pairing the right shoe for the right environment.

10.     Last but not least… because you’re worth it. Any kind of protective equipment that is proven to prevent injury while on the job should be utilized. Your safety in the workplace is the most important part of any job.




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