Environmental Health and Safety

Safety Shoe Program

Safety Footwear Program

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Human Resources and all college departments are committed to providing a safe work environment and the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of College employees. College employees should be aware of the role that footwear plays in minimizing accidents and, if applicable, shall adhere to the following:

1.0 Purpose:

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all persons who are performing work be provided with and wear appropriate safety footwear.

1.2 Footwear must provide adequate foot and ankle support, provide acceptable traction for commonly encountered situations, and provide impact protection where appropriate.

1.3 Footwear such as sandals, flip flops, open heels, open toes, and platform shoes are considered unsafe and shall not be worn.

2.0 Safety Footwear:

2.1 Impact Protection Footwear: Safety footwear with impact protection is required for employees whose duties involve routine exposure to crushing or impact hazards or potentially injurious situations. Such hazards or injurious situations include carrying or handling heavy objects, such as parts or tools, and other activities involving equipment and objects that if dropped could crush or injure the feet. All impact protection footwear must comply with ANSI Z41-1991.

2.2 Adequate Footwear: Employees who are only exposed on an occasional basis, to crushing or impact hazards, are not required to wear impact protective safety footwear but should avoid such hazards wherever possible. Employees working in areas where impact protective safety footwear is not required but other risks of injury exist, shall wear adequate footwear. Adequate footwear shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The entire foot shall be enclosed.
  • Shoe uppers shall be made of leather or a comparable material.
  • The material shall be of sufficient strength and firmness to minimize potential for injury from falling objects.
  • Soles shall be a sufficient thickness to prevent penetration of metal particles, and shall be of leather or oil resistant material (i.e., rubber or neoprene).
  • Height of the heel shall not exceed two inches.
  • Diameter of the heel shall be at least one inch at the tread surface.