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Should My Employer Pay For My Work Boots?
If it's required for the job, should your company foot the bill? According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required to protect you from workplace hazards that can cause injury or illness.
Of course, preventing a potential hazard is the best-case scenario. However, given the nature of labor-intensive industries like construction and engineering, eliminating all sources of injury is often not feasible. Because of this, employers must provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers – including steel-toe boots, metatarsal foot protection, and rubber boots with steel toes – that are specific to the employees' work functions.
Remember to ask your employer about how they can support your need for work boots and other gear. It may be through reimbursement or an annual stipend.
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A. The upper is the part of a boot or shoe above the sole...
A. The insole is the fixed inner sole of a shoe or boot where your foot bottom rests...
A. It's the outermost layer of the sole (i.e., the exterior bottom)...
A. The welt is a strip of material, often leather, which is sewn around the edge of the outsole to attach the upper to the outsole of a pair of boots...
A. A steel-toe boot contains protective reinforcement made of steel...
A. Most safety shoes have symbols on the outside to indicate the protection the shoe provides...
A. A composite toe is crafted out of materials such as plastic, carbon fiber, and rubber...
A. Slip resistance is determined by a shoe's outsole design, material, and tread pattern...
A. A rubber outsole is when the bottom of a boot or shoe is made of rubber...
A. A TPU outsole is when the bottom of a shoe or boot is made from thermoplastic polyurethane...
A. Suffer from back pain? Your footwear may be partially to blame. An EVA midsole helps to disperse weight and provide stability, learn more.
A. A shank is crucial to the functionality of your boots; find out why.
A. Falling objects and other hazards are some of the leading causes of workplace injuries. Find out which boots will keep you safe.
A. Depending on your line of work, you may want to invest in a metatarsal guard for added foot protection. Learn more.
A. Working in wet conditions puts your safety at risk, find out why your standard rubber boot might not provide the protection you need.
A. Did you know the same material used in sleeping bags could help keep your feet warm?
A. Learn more about the different types of chemical-resistant boots to choose the right pair for your job.
A. Learn more about plastic polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that provides a broad range of chemical protection, to choose the right pair of boots.
A. You prefer to stay dry and warm, right? It makes your day (or night) at work seem shorter, and its healthier. Learn more.
A. This method creates lightweight, comfortable boots that mold to your feet. You'll feel the difference and thank us later! Find out more.
A. This method creates a durable, long-lasting boot. You might not even have to replace your pair once it starts to wear. Find out more.
A. Blake welting enhances flexibility given fewer layers of material used. Find out how it works.
A. Goodyear welting allows for more support and water-resistance due to extra layers. Find out how it works.