• Under Pressure – how to help reduce strain and injury for workers on their feet

    Posted by Glenford Laughton

    It’s challenging for workers to reduce foot strain when walking and standing all day. A workers’ heel lands on the floor with a force of 1-1/2 to 2 times their body weight. The impact of a full day of standing and walking on the body is equivalent to the weight of a cement mixer truck. The cumulative effect can cause microscopic trauma and joint compression that leads to foot strain and injury.

    If your workers are on their feet for more than 4 hours per day here are a few things you can do to help mitigate their risk of strain and injury:

    • Have workers who are primarily standing, take short breaks and move/walk to increase blood circulation in their legs.
    • Encourage workers to stand with one foot in front of another. This allows them to alternate back and forth with one foot resting and the other foot supporting.
    • Make work surfaces height-adjustable to allow for both standing and sitting and to accommodate people of different heights.
    • Make sure workers wear good fitting safety footwear with good quality midsole cushioning. This helps provide a barrier between the foot and the work surface.
    • Encourage workers to wear insoles, which provide important arch support and additional shock absorption.

    For more information on symptoms and treatments of foot pain and strains check out this information from the Canadian Orthopaedic Assocation.

    At Mister Safety Shoes, we are committed to helping workers get the best fitting, most comfortable safety shoes and work boots, so they remain productive and protected. We provide an end-to-end safety footwear management program for all sizes of businesses in Ontario and Alberta. Please contact our business solutions team if you are looking for a safety footwear program for your company.

     

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  • 3 Tips for Finding the Best Safety Footwear for Standing on Concrete

    Posted by Glenford Laughton

    If you experience sore feet, lower back pain, or leg strain from standing on hard concrete floors at work all day, you are not alone! While walking distributes your weight, standing doesn’t, which can lead to discomfort, knee pain and swelling in the legs and feet. But whether you are standing or walking, hard concrete floors can be punishing on your body when working for extended periods. Over time, workers may suffer from injuries and/or chronic pain. Whether you are working on an assembly line at a factory, in a warehouse or in construction, making an effort to take good care of your feet can go a long way. Wearing proper safety shoes and work boots that support your feet will make a big difference.

    3 Important Features in Safety Footwear

    1. Fit: Finding quality footwear that is the correct size and fit and offers the needed support for your foot is the most crucial step when deciding what type of safety shoes you will purchase no matter what surface you work on.
    2. Shock-absorbing footbeds: Protect the heel and ball of your foot from the day-to-day impact of hard surfaces with safety footwear that features good shock absorption in the footbed. This is the base layer that will protect your feet.
    3. Cushioned midsoles: Midsoles are the area of footwear between the sole of the shoe and the bottom of the footbed. They provide an important barrier between the hard concrete surface and your feet. The amount of cushioning you will need depends on your level of activity. Standing is a bigger strain so more stationary work requires more cushioning; more active workers require lighter cushioning that does not weigh the foot down. The analogy is to walking on sand – although comfortable, it’s a lot more work.

    And for all workers we recommend insoles. Insoles provide arch support that is important in helping reduce strain, pain and potential long-term musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). And, they are also another great shock absorber. Unlike anti-fatigue flooring matting, insoles provide individual foot support and travel with the worker wherever they go.

    We carry a range of great options for working on hard, concrete surfaces, including:

    Reebok Work Fusion Flexweave with a floatride midsole, Terra Spider with supportive sides, low profile and a cushioned midsole, and the CAT Trail with heel shock absorbers for balance, comfort and lightweight performance.

    At Mister Safety Shoes, we are committed to helping workers get the best fitting, most comfortable safety shoes and work boots, so they remain productive and protected. We provide an end-to-end safety footwear management program for all sizes of businesses in Ontario and Alberta. Please contact our business solutions team if you are looking for a safety footwear program for your company.

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  • Best Foot Forward – Tips for Helping Active Workers Stay Active

    Posted by Glenford Laughton

    It is no secret that safety footwear can make or break your comfort level on the job, especially for active workers who push, pull, and lift items every day. Whether you are a construction worker, warehouse picker, loading dock employee, or delivery person, a good pair of supportive work boots or safety shoes are essential. Here are some tips on important features to consider for active workers.

    What to Look for When Choosing a Pair of Safety Shoes for Active Workers:

    • Cushioning in safety footwear provides comfort to active workers who are on their feet all day. It is imperative to find a shoe with just the right amount of cushioning because too much can actually slow you down on the job; think of what it’s like when you’re walking in sand. While shoes with cushioning are soft on your feet, you may find yourself working harder to keep up with the fast pace at your job. Consider the Reebok Work Fusion Flexweave with its floatride foam midsole for the perfect amount of cushioned comfort.
    • Light and breathable footwear are essential for active workers lifting, walking and climbing on the job. Consider the Reebok Work Sublite and the STC Trainer. Both are athletic style shoes that are lightweight and breathable and provide good traction. These safety shoes will keep your feet from sweating and provide all-day comfort.
    • Support in footwear is crucial for active workers. Pivoting can be hard on your ankles – and ankle sprains are the number one cause of workplace foot injury – so turning to a hiker style work boot with ankle support, like the Keen Utility Flint II Mid, Kodiak Crusade work boots and Reebok Work Sublite Hikers might be good options for you! Also important is arch support. Adding insoles, like Form insoles can make a huge difference in reducing foot strain, which in turn can reduce leg and back strain for active workers.
    • Anti-fatigue technology – Developed by several brands, the purpose is to return energy to the foot through advances in shock absorption. Brands like Reebok Work, Timberland and Vismo are using proprietary technology to do this. These are all worth checking out.

    As an active worker, safety shoes that provide support, comfort and protection are essential. Follow our how-to tips to find the right pair of shoes that can keep up with the demands of your fast-paced, active job! Read on to learn more about keeping your feet cool and finding a comfortable fit in your safety footwear!

    At Mister Safety Shoes, we are committed to helping workers get the best fitting, most comfortable safety shoes and work boots, so they remain productive and protected. We provide an end-to-end safety footwear management program for all sizes of businesses in Ontario and Alberta. Please contact our business solutions team if you are looking for a safety footwear program for your company.

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  • 7 workplace slip, trip & fall hazards in plain sight

    Posted by Glenford Laughton

    When you’re responsible for workplace safety, it’s important to know that 66% of all slip, trip and fall injuries happen when vemployees work on the same level? This means that most workplace injuries are not from falling from heights but from simply moving around their worksite? This means the risks for injury, absenteeism, and expense to your company are literally in plain view.

    Scan this risk checklist to see if your company is missing opportunities to improve workplace safety:

    • Keep employee parking lots clear, dry.
    • Secure mats and rugs especially in high traffic areas.
    • Quickly mark and clean up spills and weather-related hazards
    • Clearly identify steps, ramps, and other elevation changes.
    • Keep all key work areas and walkways well-lit.
    • Identify a  go-to person for employees when they ID a potential slip, trip or fall hazard.
    • Ensure your employees are wearing the appropriate CSA certified safety shoes and work boots for both their job and their work environment. Good fitting safety footwear will reduce work distraction and foot fatigue, which can contribute to injury.  The right grip and support will also help mitigate a variety of slip, trip and fall situations. Find out more a in our blog posts https://mistersafetyshoes.com/kicking-the-tires-of-slip-resistant-footwear-3-things-to-know/ and https://mistersafetyshoes.com/the-right-safety-shoe-for-your-job/

    You can also get a handy infographic poster for the Canadian Centre for Occupational health & Safety CCOHS: Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips Infographic

    At Mister Safety Shoes, we are committed to helping workers get the best possible safety footwear so they have the support and protection they need to remain productive and comfortable.  We provide businesses with an end-to-end safety footwear management program that reduces administration time while making it easy to keep employees protected. Please contact our business solutions team if you are looking for a safety footwear program for your company.

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  • Winter Workers – Tips for Staying Warm and Dry!

    Posted by Glenford Laughton

    Working outside through Canadian winters or in cold conditions in general is no small feat and requires proper protection. Not only can being cold and wet make for a miserable day on the job, but it can also be hazardous, especially for your feet. We want to share some great tips from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and our Mister Safety Shoes Experts to help keep you safe, warm and dry this winter:

    • Layer Layer Layer! Work clothing should be worn in multiple layers to provide better protection versus a single thick layer. This is because the air between layers is what provides you with the best insulation – more than the clothing itself! This is true for your feet as well. More on that later!
    • Material Matters. Layers are crucial, but so is the material they are made out of. When shopping for winter PPE, remember “Cotton is Rotten” as it becomes damp or wet quickly and holds moisture near your skin. . Wool and synthetic fibres continue to insulate and retain heat even when wet. For socks, your best option is polypropylene liner socks that keep feet warm but draw moisture away from the foot. Then add a pair of merino wool socks on top. Layers again are your best bet to keep your feet warm and dry.
    • Bulky isn’t Better. When socks are too thick, they make work boots or safety shoes tight, and you lose insulation properties (air between layers = insulation). Tight footwear will also decrease blood flow and make feet colder faster, leading to foot fatigue.
    • Rubber Soles on safety footwear are best not only for traction on snow and ice but also as a protective layer as well as staying pliable longer in the cold. Don’t forget to use removable insoles that can be taken out to dry overnight.
    • Leather all the way! Leather safety shoes are recommended because they are breathable and allow foot perspiration to evaporate. Waterproofed boots are ideal for keeping dampness, slush and snow out but can keep  foot moisture in. That’s why wearing proper socks are so important. Leather boots with Thinsulate or Thermolite will also help conserve the body’s heat to help keep you warmer longer.

    If you work in cold conditions or outside as the temperature gets colder, click here for our top 3 recommended winter work boots that will keep you comfortable and warm. They are all available at your local Mister Safety Shoes store or at mistersafetyshoes.com

    Hopefully, these tips will help you stay warm and dry this winter while working on any cold-weather job site or in cold conditions inside or out. At Mister Safety Shoes, we are committed to helping workers get the best fitting, most comfortable safety shoes and work boots, so they remain productive and protected. We provide an end-to-end safety footwear management program for all sizes of businesses in Ontario and Alberta. Please contact our business solutions team if you are looking for a safety footwear program for your company.

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