If you are a major contractor and have a sizeable workforce, then you may need to send them out into unpredictable or potentially hazardous conditions from time to time. If you do so, you are responsible for ensuring that they are as protected as possible and equipped with the best workwear that you can find. As part of this challenge, you will need to source work boots that are designed for the particular situation and can protect them from both the weather and the risk. So what do you need to consider?
Assessing the Risk
As you begin your search, take stock of the challenges that each staff member will face as they go about their daily work. Make a list of the features that you would like to see within each work boot, and bear in mind overall comfort as well as any specific hazard.
As an example, you may need to make sure that those boots are properly insulated, if your workers operate in subzero conditions. You may send them out into a work site that is snow-covered and which will be inherently slippery, so you need to ensure that your boots have a carefully designed bottom layer and a dual density sole, as well, for heat retention.
You may also expect them to be on their feet and in those hazardous conditions for many a long hour, and in this case, you need to ensure that the boots are designed to absorb energy as efficiently as possible. This will ensure that there is less impact on the feet, ankles and spine so that your workers can maintain their efficiency and be as healthy as possible.
However, your work site may also contain a large number of individual hazards, with sharp objects scattered around on the ground. For example, you may be working in a demolition site where nails and screws proliferate, and in this case, you need boots that have a specially constructed midsole, resistant to piercing. These boots will typically have a composite or metal piece placed into the sole, and some of them are also designed to be nonconductive, for those involved in the electrical industry.
Falling objects can also be a daily hazard, and in this case, the boot will need to have a steel or composite toecap. These will protect not only the toes, but the top of the foot as well, and can resist a sizable weight should it be dropped from a height.
These are just some of the features available in today's sophisticated work boots. Talk with your workwear supplier, and they will be able to advise you of the others.