Environmental Health and Safety

Effective Date: 11/03/00

Policy Statement 2: Foot Protection


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 or during activities which would require the use of eye protection devices. (See Policy on Eye and Face Protection.)

Safety Shoes

Safety shoes are used to protect the feet against injuries from heavy falling objects, against crushing by rolling objects, or against lacerations from sharp edges.

When Required

Safety shoes are required for employees whose 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. Examples of job classifications likely to require safety shoes or boots include, but are not limited to, carpenters, welders, electricians, plumbers, maintenance mechanics, laborers, grounds workers operating power machinery or tools, and power plant maintenance workers.

Ankle Protection

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

Wet Locations

Over-the-shoe footwear to be worn over standard (or safety) footwear or boots are required in wet locations. The rubbers or boots are required in addition to the safety footwear recommendations listed below.

Rubber boots with toe 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.

New Employees

Employees whose job duties require safety shoes will be required to obtain safety shoes within one week after employment.


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


Safety footwear shall conform to ANSI Z41.1-1967 Class 75, and subsequent revisions.


Employees may be reimbursed all or part of the purchase of safety shoes by presenting the shoes, receipt and proof of conformity with ANSI Z41.1-1967 to the Environmental Health and Safety Office. The University will currently reimburse the employee up to $70.00, not to exceed the purchase price of the safety shoes, once per 12 months period.