Safety Shoes & Temporary Workers - Is it correct to reuse again or not?

amiuda

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Hi, sorry for the question but I would like to ask you that work on heavy industries where Safety Shoes are mandatory.
How do you manage this with the temporary workers?
On a company, where safety shoes are mandatory for safety reasons, but there are lots of temporary works for different sortings, almost every week or 2 weeks.

The company provide safety shhoes for that temporary (agencies) worker, but... when they go home... how do you manage dozens/ hundreds of pairs of safety shoes worn by 2 weeks??

Is correct to re-use them with other employees?
How do you desinfect them?
Or just put them on the rubish?

Thanks for share how do you manage this process.
 
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Alpine

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Hi, the way the companies that I've worked for have managed this is that temporary workers must supply their own protective footwear. They would need it for other jobs that they go to anyway. To keep stock of footwear for casual/temporary workers would be logistically difficult, what if they are all the same size, and having to keep multiples of all sizes etc. Then there would be the hygiene concern, I wouldn't want to wear someone else's shoes urggh :mg:
 

Raffy

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Hi :bigwave:
Normally some companies do supply the safety shoes for temporary workers, but there should be a procedure on how to disinfect such activity. :mg:However in some areas the company require the temporary workers prior entry to the company which said PPE is a mandatory for them.
Raffy :cool:
 

somashekar

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Hi, sorry for the question but I would like to ask you that work on heavy industries where Safety Shoes are mandatory.
How do you manage this with the temporary workers?
On a company, where safety shoes are mandatory for safety reasons, but there are lots of temporary works for different sortings, almost every week or 2 weeks.

The company provide safety shhoes for that temporary (agencies) worker, but... when they go home... how do you manage dozens/ hundreds of pairs of safety shoes worn by 2 weeks??

Is correct to re-use them with other employees?
How do you desinfect them?
Or just put them on the rubish?

Thanks for share how do you manage this process.
When you contract with the agency for providing temporary workers, you consider this aspect and include into the contract agreement, that the agency will provide the temporary worker such safety shoe, and other PPE as necessary for your type of task and environment. As you stand accountable for the life and safety of such temporary worker also., just the safety shoe is one element. You will cover a lot many under the contracting agency, with clear agreements.
 

Wes Bucey

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#8
Raffy,
Could you explain a little bit more abound the desinfection procedure? How should this be done? Thanks
Here in the USA, temporary rental of bowling shoes, ice skates, roller skates is a time honored practice. In over 60 years of observing the practice, the process of disinfection I witnessed was always similar to the description at this link
http://www.ehow.com/how_2255757_shoes-worn-during-physical-activity.html
As I recall from my most recent visit, the clerk receiving the returned shoes opened the laces, wiped out the insides with paper toweling to absorb as much sweat as possible. He then immediately sprayed the shoe interior liberally with a disinfectant, putting the shoes on a rack to dry before putting them back on the shelf for re-rental. Shoes are regularly inspected for wear and tear to decide if maintenance or replacement is necessary.

FYI - primary ingredient in the disinfectants is PARA-TERT-AMYLPHENOL.
 

TPMB4

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Our company buys them but it is in the contract that if they leave within a defined period of time the value of the boots (and certain other more personal PPE like masks) will come out of the last pay packet. Not agency staff though which makes that easier to enforce.

With agencies you would need to put it in any contract or agreement with them that the people supplied have a certain list of required PPE such as safety boots if necessary they supply them as the employer of these people. You can then send the agency staff home. If no such agreement then your company has to supply the boots I guess no matter what the cost is. In that case I think the bowling alley disinfectant is one option. If the agency staff refuses to use secondhand boots after disinfectant then you can't use them.

BTW last time I went bowling all they did was spray the disinfectant and put them straight back to be re-used. I know one guy in our group actually got wet socks from the recently disinfected shoes.
 
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PaulJSmith

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I've worked in several heavy manufacturing industries over the years here in the US, and all of them required all employees working on the production floor or in the warehouse, temporary or permanent, to provide their own safety shoes. All of them also had a reimbursement plan for permanent employees. One place even had a local vendor bring a "shoe-mobile" to the facility once a year.

I cannot imagine wearing someone else's sweaty work boots ... at least one of the reason I don't bowl, I guess.
 
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