Hard floors (often concrete) are common in many different working environments, from factories and warehouses to retail shops, hospitals and more. The reality, however, is that a hard concrete floor takes a toll on the body due to its inflexibility. Having to stand and walk on hard concrete floors for long periods of time can lead to sore feet, swollen legs and even knee and back pain. Over time, workers may suffer from injuries and/or chronic pain. And MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders) are the #1 category of lost-time work injury reported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) . Therefore, it is important to take steps to protect those working on hard surfaces. The following tips will help you do that.
Look For These Safety Footwear Features
First and foremost, quality footwear is a must, especially when spending a lot of time on hard concrete floors. It is important to try them on to ensure that they are the correct size and fit. Look for safety footwear with shock absorbing footbeds and cushioned midsoles. You don’t see midsoles because they are area between the sole of the shoe and bottom of the footbed. So cushioning here is what workers are actually standing on day in and day out. There has been a lot of advances in cushioning to help make them lightweight while providing stability – which reduces foot fatigue. One of the newest are Reebok Work’s Fusion Flexweave line of athletic safety shoes with a floatride energy foam midsole, perfect for standing and walking on hard surfaces.
Those who spend a lot of time on hard concrete floors should consider adding insoles, especially if they have low arches or flat feet. They provide an additional layer of comfort and, importantly, additional arch support. And when the arch is supported it helps to align the whole body and reduce strain.
Frequently Change Positions
When working on hard concrete floors, it is important to alter your positions as much as possible to reduce the impact of repeated strain on the same parts of the body
Use Anti-Fatigue Mats
Where possible, add anti-fatigue mats in areas where workers spend a lot of time. These mats soften hard concrete floors, thereby cushioning feet and reducing pain.
Rotate And Replace Footwear
Wearing the same shoes or boots every day can cause foot discomfort. Instead, rotate between a couple of different pairs of safety shoes where possible. It is also important that you replace your shoes whenever there are signs of wear that affect the integrity of the safety shoe or work boot.
Mister Safety Shoes believes that by providing the best fitting and supportive safety footwear, workers will be able to remain more focused and productive and be less likely to suffer from strains and pain that can lead to workplace injury.