Checklist: Foot Protection

Checklist: Foot Protection

Workplace hazards can contribute to or cause a wide range of foot problems and injuries, from simple fatigue and athlete’s foot to serious burns, punctures and amputations. Fortunately, the majority of these problems are preventable.

The following checklist may help you evaluate your company’s foot protection efforts. However, it is not intended to substitute for a comprehensive safety program.

Yes No Does your written foot protection program include footwear and working surfaces?
Yes No Does it require the reporting of injuries?
Yes No Are program elements enforced and reviewed on a regular basis?
Yes No Is your foot protection selection based upon a documented hazard assessment?
Yes No Is there a documented review of employee-owned or provided footwear?
Yes No Is there a policy stating defective or damaged foot protection must not be used and must be removed from service?
Yes No Is disciplinary action used when employees do not adhere to the policy?
Yes No Is training complete and documented for all employees?
Yes No Are all exposed employees wearing protective footwear when necessary?
Yes No Are all foot protection items maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations?
Yes No Do employees know how to report damaged footwear when it is provided by the company?
Yes No Are employees instructed on the types of hazards that may cause foot injuries and on preventative measures?
Yes No Is there a reporting procedure in place for footwear evaluation and selection?
Yes No Are scrap, debris and waste stored safely and removed from the work site properly?
Yes No Are aisles and passageways kept clear from tripping hazards?
Yes No Are wet surfaces covered with non-slip materials?
Yes No Are changes of direction or elevation readily identifiable?
Yes No Are aisles or walkways near moving or operating machinery, welding operations or similar operations arranged so employees will not be subjected to potential hazards?
Yes No Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom?
Yes No Are steps on stairs and stairways designed or provided with a surface that renders them slip resistant?
Yes No Where the ground or surface is wet underfoot, do employees wear impervious boots, shoes, rubbers or other appropriate shoes?
Yes No Is waterproof footgear provided, or are dry places provided, for standing during wet processes?