Q. What makes a Shoe or Boot Slip-Resistant?
A. Slip resistance is determined by a shoe's outsole design, material and tread pattern.
Why does it matter?
Some workplaces, including hospitals and other medical centers, require slip-resistant footwear. Additionally, if your occupation requires outdoor work and/or heavy lifting, a slip-resistant sole will help keep you safe. Choosing the right footwear for your workplace can help prevent slips, trips, and falls that may lead to disabling injuries. Losing your balance , toppling objects, lifting, and hazardous materials are some of the top causes of workplace injuries. Stay safe!
- Commonly used by: Nurses, construction workers, safety officers, electricians
Types of Slip Resistance:
- Chevron or Ultragrip Sipe – self-cleaning
- Safety-Loc – provides traction during wet-floor applications
- Cleated or Lug – multi-purpose, general industry soles
- Aluminium Oxide Grit – soles treated with this will provide extra slip resistance
Types of Slip-Resistant Boots:
- Polyurethane boots – extremely slip-resistant
- Neoprene boots – very slip-resistant
- Nitrile boots – not as slip-resistant as Neoprene
- Rubber boots – good grip, especially in cold temperatures
- PVC boots – economical, moderate slip resistance