Safety Shoes

Employees are expected to wear footwear appropriate for the duties of their employment. 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 or handled. 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 which protect toes from impact are required for employees whose routine job duties require the lifting, carrying, or moving, etc of objects weighing more than fifteen pounds, which, if dropped, would likely result in foot or toe injury. In general, this would not apply to office workers.

Insole Protection

Flexible steel midsoles 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 are required in wet locations. The boots are required in addition to the safety footwear recommendations listed above.

Rubber boots with toe and metal tarsal 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.

Specialized Footwear

Specialized footwear that would not customarily be worn off the job will be provided without cost to employees by their department. Examples of such specialized footwear include slip-on rubbers, and calf-length and knee-length rubber boots.

Safety Shoes

When safety shoes are required, the cost of one pair per year (not to exceed $100.00) will be paid for by the department. Employees are to purchase the shoes and submit an original receipt for reimbursement.

New Employees

Employees whose job duties require safety shoes will be required to obtain safety shoes before starting employment.


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

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