Wear shoes or boots with steel toecaps if there is a risk of your feet being trapped or injured by falling objects, such as when working with heavy, unwieldy objects weighing in excess of 16-20 kg.
You must wear steel toecaps here:
- When attaching items.
- Installation and removal work involving concrete elements, flags and cartridges, plasterboard and electrical cabinets.
- When handling drain elements, wells, district heating pipes, LECA blocks, roof plates, doors, windows, kitchen elements, hard white goods, washbasins, toilets, baths, radiators, oil-fired boilers and hot water tanks.
- When erecting and dismantling scaffolding.
- When positioning kerbstones and flagstones.
Footwear with protective soles must be worn when there is a risk of treading on spikes or sharp object such as nails and shards of glass.
In the building and construction industry, a combination of steel toecaps and protective soles is normally necessary.
In general, you should select your footwear on the basis of conditions on the work site. For instance, is it cold and damp, and is the ground uneven, hard or smooth?
Your needs will also vary depending on whether you move around while you work or stand still to work.
For instance, it is best to wear footwear with shock absorbing soles and footwear which remains firmly in place if you are working on an uneven surface (which is often the case at building sites).
Protective footwear must also be suited to individual employees and their needs. Shoes or boots must remain firmly in place and fit well. This is particularly important for footwear with steel toecaps, which is unable to mould itself to the shape of the feet.
Therefore, it is a good idea to give employees the chance to choose from different kinds of footwear so that they can swap their footwear depending on what work they are doing.
When working on ladders, steps, armouring and similar surfaces, or when doing work which involves a lot of walking, protective footwear with flexible soles and separate heels should be worn.