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Your safety at work starts at your feet, and this means wearing the appropriate type of work boots for your job. The wrong pair of work boots will not be able to protect your feet, which can result in painful injuries and even death. Just like you need a certain tool for each job, your safety boots should be designed for the particular hazards associated with your type of work. This is especially true if you work around electricity, where the risk of injury is increased. There are three different types of electrical hazard footwear to choose from, and this informative guide will help you find the best work boots for your dangerous job.
Non conductive safety boots
The most commonly worn type of electrical hazard work boots are classified as non conductive. There is generally an EH (electrical hazard) rating listed, and the work boots are insulated to ground the electricity in case you come in contact with a live wire. These insulated work boots are generally worn when you are working on electrical equipment, and often include a protective steel or composite toe cap.
Since the steel toe is encased in rubber or another non electricity conducting material, the protective toe cap does not increase your risk of electrocution. You do want to look for non conductive safety boots that have a rubber sole, which will give you additional protection from live electrical currents. Work boots with rubber soles are also able to give you better traction, which is important when you are working on live electrical wires on slippery terrain. The insulated work boots and rubber soles are also waterproof and ideal for keeping your feet warm and dry, when you are working outside.
Anti static work boots
This type of electric hazard footwear is generally more expensive than other types of work boots, and are designed to only be worn in specific settings. Anti static footwear prevents your body from building up or transferring static electricity, which still providing you with some protection from any electrical hazards. These work boots are classified by a SD or ESD tag, and you will want to make sure that the pair you choose meet all of your job’s safety specifications.
Conductive work boots
These specialty work boots are designed to keep your safe from electrical hazards in a very specific environment. It should be mentioned that these safety boots will not protect you from electrocution from live currents, only prevent your body from creating static electricity. These safety boots are generally worn by workers who are routinely around explosive chemicals and materials. The boots are designed to prevent you from transferring any static electricity to your surroundings that could potentially cause a spark, resulting in an explosion.
The best pair of electrical hazard work boots will depend on your work environment, and the right pair will help keep you and your coworkers safe. Remember it is not just your safety that is affected when you are not wearing the appropriate pair of work boots, but everyone else who is working around you.
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