Table of contents:
- Observe the legal requirements
- What special properties should safety shoes have for painters?
Video: Display. The Perfect Safety Shoes For Painters
2023 Author: Hannah Pearcy | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Around 100,000 work accidents occur on construction sites in Germany each year. A not inconsiderable proportion of these accidents at work go back to those who work as painters.
The painter in particular is often assumed to have a rather low risk of accidents - after all, heavy equipment is rarely used here. But underestimating the sources of danger often leads to increased accidents on the construction site. In this article we would like to focus specifically on safety shoes for painters, because footwear forms the basis of occupational safety for painters and should therefore be examined in more detail. So what makes the perfect safety shoes for painters?
Observe the legal requirements
Before we look at the properties that are particularly desirable for painters, one should take into account the regulations of the legislature. As in almost every craft trade, special properties and the associated safety classes are prescribed by law. The use of safety shoes with class S1 is intended for the profession of painter. However, this should rather be seen as a minimum requirement and does not necessarily cover all the necessary properties of the shoes. After all, painters don't always only work with harmless wall paint in the interior, but often also have to do their work outdoors on scaffolding, ladders or the like. This also requires other aspects of protective equipment. We therefore minimally recommend the use of safety shoes of class S3,to be able to withstand all conditions.
What special properties should safety shoes have for painters?
The work of the painter often requires standing for a very long time without covering a very long distance. Comfort is particularly important here. Therefore, pay attention to models that are particularly suitable for a certain foot shape (wide or narrow feet). This avoids painful pressure points and makes everyday work much more bearable. In the long term, symptoms of fatigue are also avoided. Also pay attention to a low weight. This pays off quickly, especially when it comes to painting, and supports pleasant wearing comfort.
In addition to comfort, the surface of safety shoes for painters should be particularly resistant to chemicals and easy to clean. Since painters are in daily contact with paints, varnishes and other chemicals, such as solvents, the upper material of the safety shoes should be able to cope with them without allowing these agents to get inside the shoe and without discolouring or even becoming porous.
Non- slip sole: It should also be noted that the sole is sufficiently profiled and non-slip. Paint residues on the floor can otherwise quickly become extremely slippery and a good hold is also important when working on scaffolding or high ladders. The real dangers for painters lurk here.
If you take a closer look at the topic, you will quickly find that the minimum requirements of the legislature are not always sufficient for the actual sources of danger in everyday work. In addition to the standards such as a toe cap and a puncture-proof sole, the properties described above should also be taken into account. There are a number of special safety shoes for painters on the market. The purchase of such a model usually makes great sense for professional painters. Ultimately, however, in addition to the necessary safety features, personal comfort should be the deciding factor. After all, you have to feel comfortable the entire working day and should not be bothered by painful feet.
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