To protect feet and legs from falling objects, moving machinery, sharp objects, hot materials, chemicals, or slippery surfaces, employees should wear closed-toed shoes, boots, foot-guards, leggings, or safety shoes as appropriate. Safety shoes are designed to protect people from the most common causes of foot injuries - impact, compression, and puncture. Foot protection is particularly important in laboratory work.
IMPORTANT: Do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, open-backed shoes, or Crocs in laboratories, shops, or other potentially hazardous areas.
Chemically resistant shoes may be necessary when working with certain materials, such as corrosives. Special foot protection is also available for protection against static electricity, sparks, live electricity, and slipping.