Safety Shoes

Human Resources Policy HR 14 98


To protect employees who work in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries or hazards.


Covers any employee who routinely performs work considered to be conducive to foot injuries or who are exposed to other hazards which require foot protection.



Employees are expected to wear footwear appropriate for the duties of their employment. Each affected employee shall wear footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects or objects piercing the sole and where such employee's feet are exposed to electrical hazards. Sandals or other open-toe style shoes are not permitted to be worn in laboratories, shops, or other job locations where glass, caustic or corrosive chemicals, or hot materials are used.


Students are expected to wear appropriate footwear while participating in laboratory exercises or other instructional activities involving the use of glass, caustic or corrosive chemicals, or hot materials. Generally, sandals or other open-toe style shoes should not be worn in laboratories.

Safety Shoes:

Safety Shoes which protect toes from impact are required for employees whose routine job duties require the lifting, carrying, moving, etc. of objects weighing fifteen (15) pounds or greater which if dropped would likely result in foot or toe injury. In general, this policy would not apply to office workers.

When safety shoes are required, the cost of one pair per year up to $80 will be State funded by the department. The department head will submit an authorized letter of purchase.

Insole Protection:

Flexible steel, mid-soles are required for employees who are likely to step on sharp objects; such as, nails in boards or stakes that could possibly penetrate normal shoe soles.

Ankle Protection:

Six- or eight-inch safety shoes are recommended for employees involved in activities where ankle abrasions are likely. These activities include but are not limited to climbing, crawling, construction, and demolition.

Wet Locations:

Over-the-shoe rubber footwear to be worn over standard or safety footwear or boots is required in wet locations. The boots are required in addition to the safety footwear recommendations listed above.

Rubber boots with toes and metatarsal protection are recommended for employees working in flooded trenches or other locations where ordinary over-the-shoe protection would be inadequate to insure that the employee's shoes would remain dry.

Metal Foot Guards:

A metal foot guard or safety shoes shall be used by employees operating lawn mowers.

Specialized Footwear:

Specialized footwear that would not customarily be worn off the job will be provided to employees by their department. Examples of such specialized footwear include slip-on rubbers, calf-length, and knee-high rubber boots.


Once a job has been designated as requiring safety shoes, employees will not be allowed to work without the required foot protection.