Governing Documents: Staff
Effective Date:
December 10, 2009
Revised Date:
January 1, 2004
Review Date:
January 1, 2013
Approving Body:
Administration: President
Health and Safety Policy
Vice-President (Administration)
Executive Director of Human Resources
Applies to:
All Employees, All Contractors, Students

1.0 Reason for Procedures

To set out the Procedures secondary to the Policy entitled "Health and Safety Policy" in connection with the protection of faculty, staff and students from the risks of foot injury as a result of such hazards as falling objects, crushing, shearing or penetrating actions and chemical or poisonous substances in all workplaces and instructional situations.

2.0 Procedures

2.1  In accordance with the criteria established in Section 2.4, Department Heads, or in the alternative, Deans or Directors will be responsible to establish the conditions and circumstances in which safety footwear shall be worn by academic and support staff and students.

2.2 Academic and support staff and students shall wear appropriate safety footwear when at risk of foot injury or when visiting or working in areas designated as construction sites.

2.3 Examples of Common Causes of Foot Injuries

  Injuries Common Causes
  Crushed or broken feet, amputations of toes or feet Feet trapped between objects or caught in a crack, falls of heavy objects, moving vehicles (lift trucks, bulldozers, etc.), working with large animals, conveyor belts (feet drawn between belt and roller)
  Punctures of the sole of the foot Loose nails, sharp metal or glass objects
  Cuts or severed feet or toes, lacerations Chain saws, rotary mowers, unguarded machinery
  Burns Molten metal splashes, chemical splashes, contact with fire, flammable or explosive atmospheres
  Electric shocks Static electricity, contact with sources of electricity
  Sprained or twisted ankles, fractured or broken bones because of slips, trips or falls Slippery floors, littered walkways, incorrect footwear, poor lighting.

2.4 Footwear Requirements  

The requirement for the wearing of safety footwear will be based on a hazard evaluation of the work to be undertaken by the supervisor in consultation with the staff member or student. The decision to require the use of safety footwear may be based on:  

(a) designated positions or job classifications, where it is expected that staff or students may be exposed to foot injury hazards on a regular basis (i.e. carpenter, plumber, mechanic, groundskeepers, etc.); or  
(b) specific job duties or tasks that my expose workers to foot injury hazards on an irregular basis (i.e. entering a construction site).   The Local Area Safety and Health Committee may be consulted to make recommendations on the wearing of safety footwear. The Environmental Health and Safety Office is available to provide advice, consultation and technical support on the issue of safety footwear.

2.5 Safety Footwear Specifications   Safety footwear shall conform to the latest edition of CSA Standard Z195 "Protective Footwear" and be labeled in accordance with the standard.

Selection of the grade of footwear for the particular hazard or activity type may be made based on the criteria found on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website.


3.1 University Secretary is responsible for advising the President that a formal review of the Procedures Document is required.

3.2 The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the communication, administration and interpretation of these Procedures.

4.0 Review

4.1 Formal Procedure reviews will be conducted every three (3) years. The next scheduled review date for these Procedures is January 1, 2013.

4.2  In the interim, these Procedures may be revised or rescinded if:

(a) the Vice-President (Administration) or the President deems necessary; or
(b) the relevant Policy is revised or rescinded.

5.0 Effect on Previous Statements

5.1 These Procedures supersede:

(a) all previous Board/Senate Policies, Procedures, and resolutions on the subject matter herein; and
(b) all previous Administration Policies, Procedures, and directives on the subject matter contained herein; and these Procedures supersede the following all previous Administration Procedures, and resolutions on the subject matter contained herein.
(c) Procedure: Use of Safety Footwear (dated January 1, 2004).

6.0 Cross References  

Health and Safety Policy
related documents:

Health and Safety Policy