Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

SHOP / AGRICULTURAL WORKPLACE SAFETY
3.16
Revised 7-10
Reviewed 6-13
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Safety-Toe Footwear

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PURPOSE

This section describes procedures for obtaining safety-toe footwear for permanent employees routinely exposed to impact/compression hazards. The section also discusses measures for ensuring that temporary employees and students either have or are provided with required foot protection.

FOOT PROTECTION

The employing department should consider safety-toe footwear for occupations such as, but not limited to, carpenters, machinists, mechanics, plumbers, pipefitters, drywallers, welders, grounds-keepers, shipping and receiving clerks and warehouse workers.

The amount of funding for the purchase of safety-toe footwear is at the discretion of the unit chair or director.

Assessment

The supervisor conducts and documents a hazard assessment to identify exposed employees. See 3.10.

Routine Exposure

The employing department provides a pair of safety-toe footwear to each permanent employee identified as being routinely exposed to foot impact/compression hazards.

Infrequent Exposure

The employing department provides detachable safety-toe guards to employees infrequently exposed to foot impact/compression hazards.

The employing department checks out safety-toe guards to employees who are expected to be exposed to foot hazards.

Hazard Evaluation Assistance

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) can assist supervisors and employees with:

PURCHASING

Purchasing Options

Facilities Services, Operations

Facilities Services, Operations schedules a mobile shoe service provided by a major shoe vendor. This service is available only on the WSU Pullman campus.

The shoemobile visits the WSU Pullman campus semi-annually. Scheduled visits from the shoemobile vendor are advertised in advance of the visit.

At the time of fitting, employees must present a supervisor-approved Interdepartmental Requisition and Invoice (IRI). See BPPM 70.05.

Other Vendors

Employees at locations other than WSU Pullman may purchase safety-toe footwear from a vendor of their choice during nonwork hours. 

WSU Pullman employees not wanting to select safety-toe footwear from the shoemobile may also purchase safety-toe footwear from a vendor of their choice during nonwork hours.

Employees obtaining safety-toe footwear in this manner will purchase the footwear and submit documentation to the employing department for reimbursement.

The documentation includes:

The employing department processes this as a "Confirming Purchase." See BPPM 70.20.

TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE AND STUDENT PROTECTION

Departments are to ensure that temporary employees and students are protected from impact and compression hazards by:

SPECIFICATIONS

The type of safety-toe footwear (e.g., safety boots, safety shoes) required is based on the hazard assessment conducted by the supervisor.

Contact EH&S for assistance in determining the type of safety-toe footwear that will provide adequate protection for the expected worksite conditions and hazards.

Safety-toe footwear must meet the specifications of one of the following consensus standards:

ASSISTANCE

For assistance contact EH&S, telephone 335-3041; or Facilities Services, Operations, telephone 335-9000.