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The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Work Boots

Working on oil rigs involves drilling oil and gas from deep wells that come with high risks of slips and falls. Working for long shifts and patterns lowers employee’s concentration of the small issues that risk their lives. It explains why slips and falls contribute significant numbers of all accidents occurring in the drilling subsector. With numerous compliance standards governing workers safety in the oil and gas sector, every company seeks to enhance zero tolerance to work site risks. It begins with securing the sites, improving safety awareness and most important, protective gear.

It is almost impossible to work in deep wells without proper safety equipment, as slips and explosions can happen at the slightest mistake. Working on the offshore rigs involves muddy surfaces, which can also occur in onshore rigs during the rainy seasons. While most companies are keen on equipping their staff with safe work boots, most fail to match the boots with the prevailing working conditions. For this reason, oil and gas safety supplies offer a broad range of brands that suits were varying working conditions, with professional guidance offered to match your requirements.

If you are shopping for a job boots, you probably have factored the total cost of purchase ahead of all other factors. In a bid to minimize the costs, you are likely to forego vital aspects that could risk the safety of your employees and the costs associated. Every brand comes with specific attributes that are only suitable for a particular terrain. Some brands might seem high but fail to provide safety and comfort when used on the wrong sites. Whether you are shopping for oil rigs, refineries or distribution staff, you need to consider the following:

Compliance

Once you have determined the parameters of the safety regulations, oil and gas safety supplies are ready to get the right brands to your workplace. Safety equipment comes with given specifications that affect the level of protection, comfort and the cost of purchase. The urge to get the best bargain is likely to compromise compliance, which may have severe legal implications on your business.

First-time buyers may find it hard to sail through the sea of companies supplying this equipment. Nonetheless, understanding the quality measures for work boots goes a long way to adhering to the industry standards. You may need to read different compliance standards to get a glimpse on the key checkpoints.

Safety toes cap

Oil drilling and refinery operations involve massive, yet sophisticated machinery that poses risk to the operating staff. Falling objects and faulty equipment are common occurrences that cause dangerous accidents and physical impairments. It gets worse when people work in poorly lit deep rigs where one may be trapped on the machines. Moving objects and human may land on the feet causing fractures on the toes hence the need for boots reinforced with hard caps.

Depending on the set parameters, one may opt for steel toes known to be the heaviest of all, aluminum for lightweight protection and composite often made from carbon fiber, Kevlar, and plastic. Composite toes are not only lighter but offer a bulkier silhouette that the others than steel and aluminum. They are most suitable in places with higher weather fluctuations, as they do not allow heat and cold entry to the inner parts. They come in handy in working on sites that need metal free equipment. In line with that, the Oliver work boot and the Twisted X from oil and gas safety supplies are great additions to your workforce.

Outsole grip

By the nature of the product and working conditions, oil companies are keen on curbing the incidents arising from wet surfaces. Adequate drainage facilities help in directing spillages but are not sufficient to prevent falls and slips. Climbing down the slippery metallic ladders and walking down the concrete and steel stairs comes with a level of risk. It calls for work boots whose outsole provide adequate grip on such surfaces.

Rubber soles are not only abrasion resistant, but also slip and oil resistant, hence vital for those working in the oilrigs. Vibram is known for giving maximum traction on dry and wet areas hence suitable for different levels of the oil supply chain. The TPU material offers chemical resistance with the EVA midsole ensures stability when walking on uneven surfaces. 

Size and comfort

At the end of each working shift and duration, your employees need not suffer rubbed, tightly squeezed toes with blisters and sores. It happens when they wear tight shoes that limit the ability to stretch one's toes when they are squeezed. It starts with shopping the right fit that is neither too small nor too big to derail their walking comfort. While the steel toecaps provide excellent protection against injury, the material does not stretch making it a perfect recipe for discomfort.

On the other hand, leather shoes stretch and conform to the shape of the feet at different postures. In addition to size, the material on the upper and the inner parts need to give protection and comfort to the users. FR resistant materials come in handy towards preventing workers in an event of an explosion. With diverse designs and sizes at oil and gas Safety supplies, consider Ariat and Dunlop brands for maximum comfort.

Electrical resistance

Though not considered a common threat, there is always some possibility of exposure to electricity in oilrigs and refineries. For this reason, select work boots that meet the CSA 2011 requirements, of protection from currents of up to 18,000 volts. The level of automation in the industry comes with high voltage connections that pose risks when they get faulty. Broken switches and hanging cables may not be visible in the deep rigs increasing the risk of explosions and direct contact.

On the other hand, numerous factors cause static charge of electricity in the human body, and can yield shocks when the skin is exposed to something. Consider work boots that offer Electrostatic Protection as it prevents the discomfort caused by static charge and the risks that come with open currents.

Insulation 

Regardless of the location of the oilrigs and refineries, weather conditions remain a significant challenge towards achieving comfort. Offshore drilling begins with exposure to cold temperatures, rainfall, storms and direct sun, while onshore drilling exposes workers to hot summers and cold winters. Extreme weather conditions cause various illnesses that lower productivity and increase the cost of medical care. As you plan to equip your staff with FR rainwear, FR coveralls, Polartec shirts and hoodies, consider the work boots that provide insulation against cold and heat such as Matterhorn, Thorogood, and Muck among others.

Puncture resistance and Midsole Protection

Like other factories, workers are likely to be exposed to sharp objects such nails, metal pieces, and wooden leftovers. While necessary rubber soles offer some level of grip that prevents slips and falls, they are likely to allow penetration of sharp objects, causing injuries. In addition, sharp objects often prick the surface above the sole causing damage to the shoes and injuries on the feet of the wearer. However, with adequate stab resistant material between the insole and outsole, you are rest assured of safety even when walking in places with sharp substances.

When it comes to working on offshore rigs, water splashes are a common occurrence and could enter the shoes of the operators. Water causes discomfort and cold increasing the risk of illnesses. During the rainy seasons, these working onshore rigs may have to deal with flooded fields and splashing water. In pursuant for water resistant boots, one needs to avoid those that trap hot air inside on hot days, causing sweating and distress.

 

 

 


Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder

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