Work Safely with Tyndale’s Boot Program for Foot Protection
Tyndale can develop a boot program to meet the needs of any organization requiring foot protection for their employees. The goal of our program is to deliver flexibility, choice and convenience to your company’s employees. Tyndale’s standard boot program offers two options for workers to purchase boots: direct from Tyndale at prices approximately 20% below retail, or from their favorite store for reimbursement from their program allowance.
Direct Purchase: Tyndale offers a limited selection of boots that may be added to any program and purchased the same way that employees purchase FR clothing—via online ordering, phone, or fax.
Allowance Reimbursement: Tyndale offers a flexible boot reimbursement option that allows employees to shop and try on boots at the store of their choice:
- The employees purchase the boot directly from the store.
- They obtain supervisor authorization for boot reimbursement acknowledging that the boots meet the safety specifications for the hazards the worker faces on-the-job.
- The form and receipt are submitted to Tyndale for reimbursement via email, mail, or fax.
- Tyndale records the boot purchase in the employee’s allowance account against their annual allowance. The check is cut and sent out to the employee.
Included in Tyndale’s program are a variety of boots with composite toe that are EH-rated and labeled to meet ASTM F2412. Tyndale offers many boots with steel toe and several without steel toe. The approved boots are made by a variety of manufacturers:
Standards on Foot Protection
ASTM F2413 is the Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection. This standard covers the minimum design, performance, testing, labeling and classification requirements, and prescribes fit, function and performance criteria for footwear designed to be worn to provide protection against a variety of workplace hazards that can potentially result in injury. It references test methods outlined in ASTM F2412, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection. Replacing the specification ANSI Z41, ASTM F2413 covers performance criteria for a wide range of footwear.
One of the biggest misconceptions related to ASTM F2413 is the idea that footwear needs to “meet” the standard. Footwear does not need to meet all of the requirements listed below to conform to ASTM F2413 but should clearly state which of the requirements the footwear does meet:
- Impact resistance for the toe area of footwear
- Compression resistance for the toe area of footwear
- Metatarsal protection
- Conductive properties
- Electric shock resistance
- Static dissipative (SD) properties
- Puncture resistance of footwear bottoms
- Chain saw cut resistance
- Dielectric insulation (1)
In all, there are nine categories that footwear may protect against.
Boot Selection for Foot Protection
There are a broad variety of boots available on the market. Many of the boots are EH-rated and meet the specifications of ASTM F2412 and F2413, the most recent standards for footwear. In addition, there are other protective characteristics that may be important to your workers:
- Steel toe boots provide a steel protective covering over the toe, which protects the wearer from injury – meeting ASTM standards for impact and compression. Steel toes are generally required by most industries, but are uncomfortable for people who walk long distances (like meter readers) and difficult for those who go through metal detectors in the course of their daily work (like nuclear workers).
- Composite toe boots include non-metallic, non-magnetic protective covering over the toe, which resists corrosion and serves the same function as the steel toe. Tyndale’s composite toe boot meets ASTM standards for impact and compression—except it does not set off metal detectors.
- Single composite toe boots contain metal plates in the sole of the boot that make it more comfortable for a worker to stand on a narrow peg. It also provides extra support for the foot and is used for climbing.
- Composite shank boots contain non-metal plates in the sole of the boot, serving the same function as a steel shank.
- Insulated boots are another option designed for protection against the cold in cooler climates and winter weather.
Tyndale also offers women’s boots with protective toes and recommends purchasing these instead of men’s boots when a protective toe is needed.
NFPA 70E has a provision for heavy-duty leather work shoes for any task with an estimated energy level of 4 cal or higher, but stops short of requiring EH-rated boots. However, most electric utilities require their workers to wear EH-rated boots.
References for this post were accessed January 2014: