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 September 28, 2017

The Right Safety Shoe for Your Job: Understanding the 8 Types of Safety Footwear

Keeping safe in the workplace no longer requires compromises on style or comfort. Most occupations have special requirements for optimal safety, yet within those attributes Mister Safety Shoes can help you find a comfortable shoe in a style you like. For comfort and safety, fit is important—which is why Mister Safety Shoes carries many shoes in a wide range of sizes. Use our handy Find by Occupation tool on the top menu of this website for recommendations by occupation.

Quick Guide by Occupation

Certain minimum attributes are generally required to ensure your safety within your occupational activities. With more than three dozen brands covering most conceivable safety needs—for even the most unique environments—Mister Safety Shoes makes sure workers have the right shoe for the right environment. A quick way to ensure you have the right safety shoe is to start with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggestions.


CCOHS suggests companies set up a complete foot safety protection program, such as the Mister Safety Shoes Corporate Program—that takes into account selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection. CCOHS recognizes eight distinctive types of safety footwear, marked by colour-coded symbols:

  • Green triangle: for any industrial or heavy work environment, including construction, where sharp objects (such as nails) are present.
  • Yellow triangle: light industrial work environments that need both puncture and toe protection.
  • White Patch with orange Greek letter “omega”: footwear with soles that provide electric shock resistance for industrial environments where accidental contact with live electrical conductors can occur.
  • Yellow rectangle and green letters “SD” accompanied by grounding symbol: industrial environments where a static discharge can be a hazard for workers or equipment.
  • Red rectangle with black letter “C” and grounding symbol:  environments where low-power electrical charges can be a hazard for workers or equipment.
  • White label with green fir tree: forestry workers and those who work with or around hand-held chainsaws and other cutting tools.
  • Blue rectangle: industrial work that does not require puncture protection.
  • Grey rectangle: institutional and non-industrial work that does not require puncture protection.