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Z195-14 - Protective footwear

Publication Year:

  • 2014

Total Pages:

61

Publisher:

  • CSA

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Work Boots According to the National Safety Council, one out of every four foot injuries sustained in the workplace is caused by workers not wearing the proper protective footwear. Keeping your feet protected and safe from harm should be a high priority; in fact, all jurisdictions across Canada require workers protect their feet from workplace hazards, by correctly using protective footwear certified by CSA Group.

From its first publication in 1970, CSA Z195- Protective Footwear has grown from its original scope and now covers design & performance requirements, toe protection, sole puncture protection, metatarsal protection, electric-shock resistant soles, slip resistant soles and other requirements relating to the general stability of footwear.

Specific examples of preventable foot injuries in the workplace:
  • Burns and/or electrical shock
  • Crushed or broken feet
  • Cuts or severed feet or toes
  • Punctures to the soles of the foot/shoe
  • Sprained or twisted ankles, fractures/ broken bones due to slips trips or falls
Providing adequate protective footwear is an effective injury prevention strategy. By providing CSA-approved protective footwear and requiring its use, the Ontario construction industry reduced the frequency of foot injuries by 60 percent between 1968 and 1984.

Highlights of CSA Z195:

  • Details requirements for static-dissipative footwear, with or without toe impact resistance
  • Defines requirements for slip-resisting footwear, with or without other protective features
  • Provides a new static dissipative category “super SD” which was added for use by those working with electronics and sensitive instruments
  • Introduces new labeling scheme for multi-labels, metatarsal guard labels, and super SD labels

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