Comfortable steel toe work boots are a necessity for ensuring your team are as safe as possible. There are a vast amount of options on the market but it’s important that you choose the right ones that suit your team and the roles they carry out. Be careful not to be fooled by the cheaper alternative due to the attractive price tag. Here’s what to look out for and some of our favoured choices.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Steel Toe Cap Work Boots
Look for Comfortable Features
When deciding on what style of boot will perfectly suit your workforce, you should be careful not to compromise comfort. Lightweight work boots are often opted for rather than the traditional steel toe cap boots purely for comfort reasons. But don’t be swayed by their comfort, as they may be cutting corners and not be as protective as something heavier.
A happy medium is what you should be searching for. Something that is durable and hard-working, yet not going to kill your feet after being stood up on-site all day. We recommend the Portwest Protector Boot.
Get the Correct Size/Fit
This seems like a given but it’s important to note that steel toe cap work boots are pretty uncomfortable if they’re the wrong size and fit. Your staff are going to be on their feet all day, so they will need to be comfortable and it will likely help to improve work performance.
Check the various different size guides to ensure that you’re purchasing as true a size as you can to your staff members requests and consider what type of socks will be worn with the boot. We recommend the Portwest All Weather Boot.
Never Buy Second-Hand
There's no disputing this one, NEVER buy second-hand work boots. You can't guarantee what previous physical activity they have been through and will no doubt come with added wear and tear. With that being said, whenever your comfortable steel toe work boots show any signs of damage to the toe cap or midsole, they need replacing.
This all depends on what kind of day-to-day jobs your team are exposed to. Do they work on a building site for eight hours a day? If they do, you’re going to need to have a look at comfortable steel toe work boots that have a pierce proof sole. This will help prevent against the likes of your labourers dropping solid items on their feet and underfoot nail penetration.
Do your staff work with flammable liquids? In that case, you’re going to need something slip-resistant and fire-resistant in order for them to be able to do their job properly and safely.
You need to be sure that your team are as safe as possible at all times. By knowing that they’re safe from the various hazards in the workplace, team morale and productivity levels should also climb. We recommend the Portwest Welted Boot.
Your staff’s safety is paramount so it’s vital to ensure that they’re wearing the correct comfortable steel toe work boots when on the job. But before kitting your team out, you should carry out a risk assessment. Your risk assessment will then enable you to pinpoint the certain characteristics of the correct boots your team needs.
The risk assessment you carry out should account for:
Hazards - Slippery floors, dropping heavy or sharp items onto feet, walking on hot surfaces, the presence of acids, solvents, oils on the floor or electrical hazards.
The characteristics of the boots to protect against these hazards. These include slip-resistant soles, heat-resistant materials and pierce resistant caps.
All safety footwear is required to meet the minimum safety standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation. This is the current standard for workwear and PPE across Europe and was updated in 2011 to become even more precise.
However complicated the law EN ISO 20345:2011 may sound, it's actually very straightforward. The law outlines that work boots must now have toe protection against a 200-joule impact. This is the equivalent of dropping two big bags of cement from waist height onto your toes.
How to Properly Protect Your Team
By ensuring that your team are wearing the correct steel toe work boots and other PPE, you’re only covering one base of their safety. There are various different factors that can put your employees’ health and safety in jeopardy if you don’t take the right actions. Summer presents hazards that you might not always think of. If you are unsure of what these are, don’t worry, download our FREE guide below: