OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 233 Footwear

(1) An employer must ensure that a worker uses footwear that is appropriate to the hazards associated with the work being performed and the work site.

(2) If the hazard assessment identifies that protective footwear needs to have toe protection, a puncture resistant sole, metatarsal protection, electrical protection, chainsaw protection or any combination of these, the employer must ensure that the worker wears protective footwear that is approved to

(a) CSA Standard Z195-02, Protective Footwear, or

(b) ASTM Standard F2413-05, Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective Footwear,

if the protective footwear was manufactured on or after July 1, 2009.

(3) Despite subsection (2), if a worker is likely to be exposed to a hazard other than those referred to in subsection (2), the employer must ensure that the worker uses footwear appropriate to the hazard.

(4) If a worker is unable, for medical reasons, to wear protective footwear that complies with subsection (2), the worker may substitute external safety toecaps if the employer ensures that

(a) the safety toecaps meet the impact force requirements of CSA Standard Z195-02, Protective Footwear,

(b) metatarsal protection is not needed to protect the feet from injury,

(c) the hazard assessment confirms that the worker will not be exposed to any sole penetration hazards, and

(d) wearing the safety toecaps does not itself create a hazard for the worker.

(5) An employer must ensure that a fire fighter wears safety footwear that is approved to

(a) CSA Standard Z195-02, Protective Footwear,

(b) NFPA Standard 1971, Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting, 2006 Edition, or

(c) NFPA Standard 1977, Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, 2005 Edition.

if the safety footwear was manufactured on or after July 1, 2009.