There is no workplace, no matter how safe it may seem, where a worker is immune to foot injury. The hazards vary greatly according to the workplace and the types of tasks the worker performs. The first step in developing a strategy to reduce foot problems is to identify the relevant hazards that may exists in the workplace. Here are some tips on how to avoid some of the most common hazards.
Standing or working on a hard, unyielding floor can cause a lot of discomfort and long-term damage. Anti-fatigue matting provides a cushioning which reduces foot fatigue can help alleviate some of the strain. However, the use of matting requires caution. When installed improperly, it can lead to tripping and slipping accidents.
Slick floors are hazardous for slips and falls that can result in sprained ankles or broken foot bones. Anti-slip flooring, matting, and tape can be used to reduce slipping accidents.
Proper footwear is important, not only for foot comfort but also for safety. Improper footwear can cause or aggravate existing foot problems. Good footwear should grip the heel firmly and have a fastening across the instep to prevent the foot from slipping. And remember protective footwear does not guarantee total protection.
Effective housekeeping reduces the number of accidents at workplaces. For example, loose nails, other sharp objects, and littered walkways are hazards for foot injury.
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