Protective Footwear

OSHA requirements. “The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where such employee's feet are exposed to electrical hazards.”

In addition to OSHA requirements quoted above, there may be other circumstances where protective footwear is advisable, for example, use of rubber boots when working in flooded areas or areas contaminated with sewage.

Protective footwear selection.  Identify the hazards using the PPE hazard assessment form, and then use this information to determine if protective footwear is required, and what type of footwear is needed. 

Supervisors will inform employees if safety shoes are needed for a job, and what type of safety shoes.  Safety shoes must meet the requirements of ASTM F2413-11.  The procedure for obtaining safety shoes is linked below.

How To Obtain Safety Shoes 

 The existing inventory marked as compliant with ANSI Z41 1999 should be compliant with the new ASTM standards during this transitional period.

  1. If a job requires hard toed safety shoes, the Supervisor will notify the employee.
  2. The employee checks that his/ her shoes meet the ASTM F2413-05 standard before purchasing. This means that the shoes have “steel toes” and the ASTM F2413-11* stampwhich is usually on the shoe's tongue or on the side near the heel. Sometimes this is on an attached tag/ band.
  3. If the ASTM F2413-11 number is not on the shoes, then the shoes do not meet the ASTM F2413-11 standard and MIT will not reimburse the employee.
  4. The employee brings their new shoes to their Supervisor, who will check the shoes for the ASTM F2413-11*stamp. Reminder: Do not wear the shoes until after you have received this approval.
  5. The Supervisor will sign a safety shoe card or equivalent.
  6. The Supervisor or employee takes the signed shoe card and the original store receipt to their department to be reimbursed. Copies of the receipt or credit card statement will not be accepted but the employee should keep a copy since you will not get the original receipt back. The department will check the employee's balance and when they were last reimbursed. The department will reimburse the employee for the amount allowed per the union contract, if applicable. The EHS Office does not provide this reimbursement.
    • Kathy Collupy in E19-134A (x8-9429) processes the reimbursements for Department of Facilities and CAC. The reimbursement is posted directly into the bank account that the person’s payroll is deposited into.  
    • Scott Fleming in W20-507 (x3-0967) reimburses Housing employees, who sign to document the payment.
    • Pamela Slot in 16-849 (x3-9432) reimburses employees in the Division of Comparative Medicine. The employee signs to document the payment.
    • All other DLC's: contact the headquarters office about the procedure.
  7. The department will be responsible for keeping records for the duration of the employment. The department will keep the original receipts until the employee obtains another pair. (Receipts do not need to be sent to the EHS Office.)
  8. The Supervisor will periodically check that the employee is wearing the safety shoes when performing tasks that could result in a foot injury. If the employee is not wearing their safety shoes, the Supervisor will ask the employee to put the shoes on and will document this. If the employee has an accident but the employee was not wearing their safety shoes, the claim could be denied. The department will be asked for their records, including safety shoe purchases.

* The year that the standard was updated may be listed after ASTM F2413.