On every Irish building site and indeed most work environments it is the law that you must wear some form of safety boot for the protection of your feet. This is not enforced as a one size fits all approach in the sense that it is to stop you getting injured but it is more of a last resort in case something happens. For example if you drop something on your foot you may still get injured however it will not be as bad as if you had no safety boots on your feet in which case the damage would be much worse.
Even professions like chefs need to wear safety shoes so that they are covered under their insurance. So how do you know which safety boot to get for your work environment? Well there are several different types of safety footwear including shoes, boots, wellingtons and more. Within those then there are safety certification guides such as S1, S2, S3 and so on. Each level has certain safety features. These can include a safe toe (steel or composite), non slip, waterproof, anti static and more.
One thing to keep in mind however is that comfort is of the upmost importance. As these are for your work you will be wearing them for long periods of time. For this reason it is important not to go for cheap boots as you will soon have blisters on your feet and therefore you will not be working to your full capacity. A good pair of work boots should last you approximately 9 months if they are good quality. Brands like Cofra and Safety Jogger are among some of the better brands in this area.
When shopping for the right boots you need to do a risk assessment on your work place. Is there a danger of items falling your feet? Are you around high temperature liquids? Is there a chance of static electricity build up? These are all important questions to ask yourself before purchasing a pair of safety boots.