Work shoes are part of the basic equipment of occupational safety. Especially when working with heavy tools, electricity or other dangerous objects, only a good work shoe can ensure the safety of the foot.
In our checklist you will find all the information about what makes a good work shoe and what you need to look for when buying. In our product recommendations, we have summarized the best models for you.
- When buying work shoes, make sure you get the right size. There should be about 1-2 cm of space between the toe of the shoe and the big toe.
- Newly purchased work shoes should fit tightly, but not pinch.
- If the foot does not sit firmly in the shoe, the risk of injury is increased.
- Many different manufacturers offer work shoes.
- Work shoes are available in different colors and are usually made of leather as the upper material. The shoe sole is made of rubber, polyurethane or thermoplastic elastomers, depending on the model.
- The shoes should be breathable, slip-resistant, cushioned and comfortable .
- According to the DIN EN ISO 20345 standard, shoes are divided into safety classes from S1 to S3.
- Class S1 shoes are equipped with protective toe caps and an antistatic sole.
- Class S2 shoes have additional water resistance .
- Shoes of class S3 are in addition to the criteria of S1 and S2 still puncture resistant.
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FAQ About Work Shoes
Yes, there are work shoes in sneaker look. These work shoes have the springy effect of sneakers, but at the same time steel toe caps and other safety features, depending on the model.
If wearing orthopedic work shoes is unavoidable due to an accident at work, your responsible employers’ liability insurance association will pay for the shoes. Another option is to file an “Application for Benefits for Participation in Working Life (Vocational Rehabilitation)” with the social insurance agency. In principle, however, employers are only obliged to provide work shoes appropriate to the work, which does not oblige them to provide orthopedic equipment.
If the work shoes are new, it is not unusual that they press. However, if the shoes still press after 2-3 days, you have either chosen the wrong size or the fit of the shoe is not suitable for your foot. In this case, it is recommended that you purchase a new pair.
If the insoles are needed due to an accident at work, the responsible employers’ liability insurance association will pay for the insoles. The German pension insurance will cover the costs if the employee has been subject to compulsory insurance for more than 15 years. In this case, an application must be submitted to the German Pension Insurance. In all other cases, the costs must be borne by the employee.
Which work shoes are the best depends on personal preferences and the type of work have. For example, electricians need extra insulating protection to prevent serious injury or burns.
For a wide selection of work shoes for every occupation, check out our product recommendations.
The employer is responsible for the safety of the employees and must therefore also provide the work or safety shoes. Mostly, however, these are inexpensive models.
There is no clear regulation in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. As a rule, employees receive new safety shoes every year or they are financially subsidized.
Category P work shoes are equipped with a steel toe cap in accordance with DIN EN ISO 20345 and are suitable for medium-heavy loads.
Electricians should wear safety shoes of category S3, i.e. the highest safety shoes. These shoes have a particularly strong insulating effect, which can protect against injuries and burns in the event of strong electric shocks.
S3 is the highest safety level for work shoes. According to DIN EN ISO 20345, these shoes have a steel toe cap, an enclosed heel, an oil and gasoline resistant sole. Furthermore, these work shoes are antistatic and waterproof.
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