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MAY 2018

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36 MAY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Safety Watch E very jobsite foreman and safety manager wrestles with the problem of workplace distractions. Both internal and external factors — from cell phones to personal issues and environmental hazards — contribute to the challenges of keeping the workplace safe, leaving key decision makers with the often arduous task of creating a safe and productive environment. Research routinely shows that employee wellness is one of the largest factors in determining job satisfaction, employee retention, and efficiency. According to a recent study by the Harvard Business School, companies that prioritize employee wellness and comfort average a $2.71 return for every dollar spent thanks to increased productivity. ese programs are even more effective when they incorporate comprehensive training and educational components that focus on proper jobsite safety procedures and equipment. Wellness programs often encom- pass a variety of initiatives. e best ways to reduce safety-related incidences and healthcare cost start from the ground up, while emphasiz- ing the creation of barriers between employees and hazards. Every jobsite has a unique set of safety requirements, but one crucial element of workplace safety equipment remains constant regardless of the industry: footwear. So, if increasing productivity is your goal, let's start from the ground up and take a look at what is on your employees' feet. Finding the Right Footwear Ask any work footwear manufacturer what their most common question from customers is and, more often than not, the answer will be, "W hat's the best work boot?" is query is universal, but, unfor- tunately, the answer isn't so simple. When it comes to work footwear, one size does not fit all. Finding the perfect shoe or boot for your jobsite starts with an assessment of the individual needs of the wearer, which means each crew member will need to take different features into consideration; however, there are signposts that can guide these decisions. For the coatings industry, there are some key concepts to zero in on when you or your crew members are selecting your next pair of work boots. By addressing nuanced, individual needs instead of taking a "one size fits all " approach, footwear can be selected based on a criteria that centers on comfort and safety on the job. Safety Concerns Protective boots and shoes are an essen- tial component to lay the foundation for a safer, more productive day on any jobsite. According to the latest statistics from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, Every jobsite has a unique set of safety requirements, but one crucial element of workplace safety equipment remains constant regardless of the industry: footwear. Photos courtesy of KEEN Utility By Brad Bischel, Product Director for KEEN Utility Safety, Shoes, and Productivity

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