Christian Scali and Dominique Nasr contributed to the Celly Services, Inc. blog, which covers EPA and OSHA regulations for auto dealers. Read the article to learn about employers' obligations regarding their employees' footware.
In summary, proper footwear is not an option, but is a requirement under the law. California laws are clear that the employer provides for the protective shoe, whereas the federal regulation contains exemption under certain circumstances. Employees with their feet protected are less likely to be injured from falling objects. Shoes with good traction help mitigate slip and fall hazards. Fewer injuries translate to fewer workers’ compensation claims and a reduction in related premiums. Improved productivity, better employee morale, and increased shop efficiency are also a given.