Selecting the right model of safety boot for a particular industry requires the knowledge of key elements about the work environment. In addition to the work environment, there are the employer’s requirements and the user’s preferences. In collaboration with ROYER, Canadian manufacturer of specialized boots and shoes, this article will help you determine which ROYER product best suits your needs.
The construction industry includes companies whose main activity is construction, repairs and renovation of buildings, as well as engineering construction, subdivision and land development activities. Depending on your activity in the construction industry, your foot protection needs will vary. Therefore, it is important to identify the tasks assigned to you as they will have a definite impact on the products we will propose. In all cases, the construction industry requires safety boots with a protective toe, and a puncture-resistant plate. Look for the green triangle that indicated that this footwear has a class 1 puncture-resistant plate and protective toe. It is also preferable to choose a safety boot of at least 8 inches high for increased protection and stability of the ankle. Construction sites and work environments often have uneven or rough surfaces, and some of them prohibit 6-inch boots.
With the experience of our product experts, these two products are great options for construction workers:
This industry comprises organizations whose activities are the transformation of materials and substances into new products through chemical, mechanical or physical processes, whether finished or semi-finished products. In the manufacturing industry, foot protection recommendations are closely related to the ones of the construction industry. Our experts trust the class 1 protective toe. Metatarsal protection may also be advised according to the tasks performed. You can look for a safety boot with the green triangle icon. If you need metatarsal protection, search for the black M icon.
Here are our proposed models:
The forestry industry includes companies whose activities are timber harvesting and related support activities. Foot protection in the forestry industry are more restrictive. To provide protection against chainsaws and other cutting tools, it is crucial to wear a boot with ballistic nylon on the sides and top. Also, boots in light colours make them more visible thus lowering the risk of accidents. The icon contains a green pine tree. It ensures the boot had been designed specifically for the forestry industry, and that everything is in place to offer optimal protection.
Our experts recommend the following models:
This sector includes companies whose activities are the extraction of natural mineral substances. It can be solids such as coal and ores, liquids such as crude oils or gas like natural gas. To ensure complete safety in the mining industry, it is essential to select a puncture-resistant sole as well as a class 1 protective toe and metatarsal protection (inside or outside), to protect the top of the foot against falling objects. Therefore, look for the following two icons: green triangle and black M.
Our experts recommend the following two models:
Metallurgy and Foundry
This sector includes companies whose activities are the smelting and refining of ferrous and non-ferrous metals coming from ore, crude iron and scrap in blast furnaces or electric furnaces. It also is comprised of organizations whose activities include forging, stamping, shaping, turning and assembling or metallic elements. The metallurgy and foundry industry requires foot protection with a protective toe and metatarsal protection. The unique characteristic of this industry is the need to replace safety boots with the usual laces with Velcro – in case of an accident, it will be much faster to remove the safety boots. It is also important that the seams are made of KEVLAR so the boot can resist flames and high temperatures. Be aware that at ROYER, the majority of the products for the metal industry pass a test by being dipped into molten metal to ensure the materials used resist heat for a certain amount of time.
Our experts recommend the following models:
The Energy Sector
This sector is comprised of an organization whose activity includes bulk electricity production from hydraulic energy, fossil fuels, nuclear energy or other processes. It also is comprised of organizations whose main activity includes the transport, distribution and management of electricity from its source to user companies and consumers. Workers in the energy sector must wear safety boots with class 1 protective toe as well as resistance against electric shocks. Look for the omega symbol which certifies the product can withstand electric shocks. It is important to note that boots worn by linemen have a higher upper, with a height of 10 to 12 inches providing better support. The ROYER products intended for this trade have a dual-rib steel shank for added support, and certain models offer a padded ankle protector to improve climber comfort.
The SPI experts recommend two options to the workers in the energy sector:
PBR055 / 7030TR
The recommendations of our experts are based on the industry standards but will be modified according to your specific reality. The ROYER manufacturer has an impressive variety of models specifically adapted to the workers’ needs in different industries. Keep in mind that it is always preferable to invest in un specialized products that will protect you properly instead of using less expensive generic products. Contact us today so we can help you find the perfect safety boot adapted to your needs!