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Safety Footwear

Safety Wear & Signs are a leading UK safety footwear supplier providing industrial safety footwear such as safety shoes, safety boots and safety trainers.

Graft Workwear who are part of Safety Wear & Signs Ltd offer a large range of safety footwear including safety shoes, boots, trainers and riggers for many different price points.

Cheap and Budget Safety Boots

If you require a budget safety boot, they don’t have to be cheap and nasty, safety boots can still be a high quality at an affordable price. When you search through our collection of safety footwear you will find that we offer both ends of the price scale.

With safety boots starting from just £15.50, you can afford to kit out your whole company with the required safety footwear.

Superior / Premium quality Safety Footwear

Safety Wear & Signs stock safety footwear from leading brands such as Dickies, Dewalt, Apache, Timberland, CAT, Scruffs and JCB. We have carefully picked out only the best safety boots in the industry, all of the brands and safety shoes that we supply are tried and tested over time for quality assurance. When paying the little extra for branded safety footwear you are able to choose to have waterproof safety boots, thermal boots and Gore-Tex becomes an option.

Wellingtons

Safety Wear & Signs – a leading safety footwear supplier - offer safety and non safety wellingtons, alongside safety rigger boots and waders, ideal for those wet weather conditions.

Safety Footwear Accessories

UK based Safety Wear & Signs are a specialist safety footwear supplier and have a large collection of safety footwear accessories to complement our safety shoes and boots. We stock socks, laces and inner soles that are ideal accessories and supplements to your choice of safety footwear and shoes.

If you require any help in your choice of Safety Footwear or any of the workwear found on our website, please do not hesitate to contact one of our safety footwear supplier specialists - contact us.

PLEASE SEE BELOW SOME GUIDENCE RE: SAFETY FOOTWEAR

Introduction:

Foot injuries are common within most labour intensive industries including construction, warehousing, building and many others. Here are some of the possible types of injuries that can occur without the right type of safety protective footwear:

  • Crushing can be caused by heavy objects falling onto part or all of the foot
  • Foot penetration can be due to standing on or walking onto a sharp object, e.g. nails left embedded in materials 
  • Contact with irritant or corrosive chemicals, e.g. cement or many other harmful chemicals, can burn and cause damage to your feet. 
  • Ankle injuries can occur if the incorrect footwear is worn, allowing the user to turn, twist or even break their ankle, feet or leg.

N.B: The selection of safety footwear for use with chemicals should form part of the assessment required by regulation 6 of the COSHH Regulations 1988.

Legal requirements

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at UK Work Regulations 1992 governs the provision and use of protective clothing, including safety footwear. If a risk assessment identifies the need for safety footwear to protect against one or more of the risks outlined in this sheet, This PPE or safety footwear must be supplied by the company.

What type of safety footwear do I require on sites?

If there is any possible chance of injury occurring then the following requirements must be satisfied by the correct Safety footwear:

  • Capable of withstanding the stress involved in the various job · Have the correct steel toe cap / Composite toe cap for the legal requirement. 
  • If there is risk of penetration to the sole of the foot, the protective footwear must incorporate either a steel midsole or a composite midsole.

The chosen safety shoe or boot must be durable and robust enough to withstand all of the pressure that it will be put under whilst on the job, the safety shoe or boot must also be:

  • Comfortable. 
  • Flexible to reduce the risk of tiring the feet and legs. 
  • Capable of absorbing perspiration. 
  • Waterproof (where required). 
  • Lightweight

The following types of safety footwear are commonly used in the construction industry:

· THE SAFETY BOOT OR SHOE. This is the most commonly used type of protective footwear, they will always have a steel toe cap, and most commonly use a safety steel midsole. This type of protective footwear for safety are commonly used by; builders, gardeners, labourers and many other trades.
· WELLINGTON BOOTS. This type of safety protective footwear will be worn to protect against water and corrosive materials such as cement. They are usually made from rubber but are available in polyurethane and PVC which is warmer and more resistant to chemicals, oils, petrol, greases and sunlight. Wellington boots can be obtained with corrosion resistant toe-caps, rot-proof insoles, ankle bone padding and cotton linings. They range from ankle boots to chest-high waders. This type of protective footwear should be worn for operations where water or other liquids may be present, eg in excavations, sewer renovation, concrete pours, etc. For site use the boots should also have impact resistance (steel) toe caps. This type of protective footwear are commonly used by; fishermen, gardeners, sewage workers and many other trades.
· SAFETY 'TRAINERS'. In recent years the Safety Trainer has become extremely popular. Safety trainers will always incorporate a steel / composite toecap and will often have a steel or composite midsole. Some trades that may find safety trainers useful include scaffolders and roof workers where the level of grip and flexibility of the protective footwear is important as a safety feature in helping to ensure an adequate foothold when working at heights. Please remember that safety trainers have a lot less ankle protection than any other type of safety footwear, and some sites will not allow their workers to wear them.

Storage and use of safety footwear

Safety footwear, safety shoes, safety boots, trainer and wellingtons must be kept in good order, this will extend the longevity of the boots life and will also ensure that they stay comfortable. It is advisable to check the stitching around the boot regularly and make sure that the toecap has not become visible. Safety Wear & Signs and Graft Work Wear suggest applying either a wet blocker spray or wax dubbin to your protective footwear regularly this will increase the life of the item and the improve their waterproof.

DO:

  • Wear safety shoes or boots which is the right size, comfortable and suitable for the job. 
  • Ensure that the soles of the safety footwear remain clean and free from oil, grease and any other harmful chemicals.
  • Keep the laces clean and in good order. 
  • Provide the correct waterproof footwear for users that are working in water.

DON'T:

  • Wear the incorrect safety footwear on and site where foot injuries are possible. 
  • Wear shoes or boots that are damaged and can reduce the effectiveness of the item. I.E. visible steel toe cap, burnt laces etc. 
  • Replace the laces of your protective footwear with irremovable products like wire. 
  • Leave the safety footwear outside in the rain or in a contaminated area.

Please remember our terms of safety shoe, boot and trainers returns policy:

SAFETY FOOTWEAR GUARANTEE

You must have the correct safety footwear and safety shoes for your work.
You must take care of your footwear as it will not take care of itself
Clean regularly with dubbin or polish to keep the leather supple and water resistant
We will not exchange any safety footwear if:

  1. They have been abused 
  2. They are muddy or dirty 

Faulty footwear will only be exchanged at Safety Wear & Signs discretion.

All Safety footwear including safety shoes, safety boots and safety trainers guarantees are held with manufacturer, and refunds can be down to their discretion.