Footwear must be worn routinely, or donned in certain locations for identified hazards on a temporary basis. Disposable shoes covers are available and recommended for some hazards, such as biohazards.
All employees in the affected areas must wear protective footwear when there is a risk of danger of foot injury due to falling or rolling objects, chemical hazards, and objects piercing the sole or electrical hazards. Employees who cannot wear safety shoes for medical reasons must furnish a letter to their supervisor form their physician stating the reason and the anticipated duration of the condition.
Additionally, safety footwear requires frequent checking to make sure every single area of the shoe is functioning properly. Check the bottom of the shoes to make sure the shoes has not expired.
General protective footwear, such as steel-toed or slip-resistant shoes may have to be paid for by the wearer due to its personal nature. Departmental policy may indicate that the department will pay for this type of footwear in full, partially or not at all. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that footwear purchased by the employee or the department is in good condition and is suitable for use in certain situations. Damaged or defective footwear will not provide the level of protection required, and should be replaced immediately.
In any case, please remember the employer has a duty in law to supply them free of charge to his employees. He cannot force them to wear unsuitable safety shoes and cannot subtract the cost of replacing them from their wages. This will not necessarily apply if they are short-term casual labour or contractors.