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Safety shoes

Safety shoes are specific foot protective equipment. They have impact-resistant toes and heat resistant soles that protect the feet against hot work surfaces. The metal insoles of some safety shoes protect against puncture wounds. Safety shoes may also be designed to be electrically conductive to prevent the build up of static electricity in areas with the potential for explosive atmospheres or nonconductive to protect workers from electrical hazards.

When working with corrosives, caustics, cutting oils, and petroleum products, neoprene or nitrile boots are often required to prevent penetration. Foundry or "Gaiter" style boots feature quick-release fasteners or elasticized insets to allow speedy removal should any hazardous substances get into the boot itself. When working with electricity, wear special electrical hazard boots which are designed with no conductive materials other than the steel toe (which is properly insulated).

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