Foot Protection

Last updated: November 12, 2018

What Does Foot Protection Mean?

Foot protection is any piece of personal protective equipment protecting one’s foot from any injury while at work or during movement. The foot is a vital part of our body and since we are on our feet constantly from day to day, they are more susceptible to injury. If a foot is injured, our movement may be temporarily or permanently restricted.

Safeopedia Explains Foot Protection

Most common types of foot injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic injury occurs when feet and toes are cut, pinched or crushed under falling objects, wheels, rollers or gear machinery, contact sharp edges, or get tangled in ropes and chains
  • The feet can be damaged when the skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and nerves get cut, punctured, pricked, or are irritated
  • Bones are fractured or sprained
  • Permeation injury occurs when bare feet contact corrosive liquids, harmful chemicals and other substances. It causes chemical burns, skin irritations or injures to tissues etc.
  • Repetitive motion injury occurs when jobs require repeated, rapid foot movements for long periods of time such as machine controlling, sports or driving
  • Burns in feet occur due to contact with high temperature objects. On the other end, frostbite is a risk in the cold environment

We can protect our feet from above injuries by the following actions:

  • Carryout diligent risk assessments
  • Always wear appropriate shoes (Non skidding, anti-static-electricity, metal-toed safety shoes, etc.)
  • Keep floors and walkways clear of sharp objects, ropes and oily substances
  • Indicate slippery floors by using signage
  • Always move carefully

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