Coach shoes are essential footwear for crews.
This includes shoes for men, women and children.
But it’s important to be aware of the safety requirements of footwear for crew members.
The ABC’s Peter Crouch explains the safety regulations for the footwear and how to make sure you get the best fitting shoe for your job.
What is a footwear safety requirement?
There are two types of footwear that are considered to be footwear safety requirements: a standard or non-standard safety standard, and an alternative safety standard.
Safety standards are made up of specific features that must be present to work safely.
The requirements for standard safety standards are laid out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
The Australian Standards Organisation (ASO) has issued safety standards, as well as safety-rated footwear, for some categories of footwear, such as for people on short-term and short-duration shifts.
These are called standard safety requirements, which are more restrictive than standard safety-standard footwear.
There are also some non-safety standards that are more flexible.
These non-compliance safety standards allow for wider flexibility for different types of work.
What are the differences between standard and non-regular safety standards?
Standard safety standards require the shoe to meet the following requirements: be able to withstand the forces involved in a hazardous job.
These can be high or low loads, such the impact of a truck or train, a falling tree or a falling body of water.
There’s no way of knowing how much pressure is on a shoe when it’s in use.
There has to be a reliable method of securing the shoe, which is not easily changed, and a means of wearing the shoe safely for long periods of time.
Non-regular standard safety standard requirements require that a shoe be of a certain quality and be able, to a reasonable degree, to withstand normal wear and tear.
This means that the shoe can be inspected regularly for wear and tears and the wearer must be able and comfortable in the shoe.
A standard safety shoe must be water resistant.
For example, a standard safety heel shoe would need to be water-repellent, so it can withstand water, rain, wind, etc. This can be achieved by a waterproof membrane on the outside of the shoe or by waterproofing the heel of the boot.
The standard safety footwear must have a maximum height of 15cm.
A non-compulsory standard safety foot must be 15cm in height.
The footwear must also have a waterproof finish, such a coating on the toe, which will resist moisture and maintain a high degree of waterproofness over time.
The ASO has published a list of safety standards for footwear.
These standards are designed to be flexible so that different types and sizes of work can be accommodated, without requiring the shoe in use for more than 10 years.
What type of footwear is safe?
The most common types of safety shoes are those that are designed for people, such boots with low or medium-rise soles and low or moderate heel heights.
They are made of leather or polyurethane.
But these are not recommended for people in hazardous jobs.
A more appropriate footwear for a crew member, who is walking on a treadmill or doing a push-up, is a safety shoe that is more like a walking boot, which has a very low rise, such an ankle or knee pad, and low to medium heel heights, such shoes with no toe padding.
This type of shoe is suitable for the work load of a small, quick-moving worker.
But if you are walking, a heavy duty worker or someone who is prone to falls, it may be advisable to get a more supportive safety boot.
There is a lot of debate as to the best footwear for people who are not walking, and the ASO is working on a range of recommendations for safety footwear.
Where can I find the safety standards I need?
Check the ASHSA website for the latest safety standards and ASO safety standards.
Some organisations also have safety standards that apply to specific jobs.
These may be available online.
Look at the website of the company or organisation that supplies your workplace, or use a website such as WorkSafe.org.au to find out about safety standards in your workplace.
You can also contact the employer directly.
There may be an ASHSS Standards Committee.
The standards committee will have an expert working group to advise on standards and advice for companies, businesses and other organisations.
Safety footwear safety standards can also be found on the Australian Standards Organization (ASo).
What types of footwear are safe?
There’s not a whole lot of uniformity around footwear safety.
The best footwear is tailored to the type of work you do.
Some companies may offer shoes that are comfortable, but other companies may not.
So, you may have to tailor your work to your own needs.
For a more detailed look at the different types, see our guide to the types of boot that work best for people.
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