IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

How to Choose Slip-resistant Footwear

  •   January 23, 2017

Montréal, January 23, 2017 – To support the members of occupational health and safety committees, purchasers and workers, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has published a pamphlet entitled How to Choose Slip-resistant Occupational Footwear. It presents the procedures for selecting footwear that will provide good grip and adequate protection against other hazards. Various steps are documented and suggested to help make a wise choice, such as forming a selection committee, taking risk factors into account, choosing the appropriate sole, validating the choice before the purchase, assessing satisfaction and ensuring upkeep after purchase, and making sure that the choice remains appropriate.

“An appropriate selection of occupational footwear can help reduce the risk of slipping and falling. But it is important to realize that no one type of shoe or boot can be slip resistant in all situations. There is no single model of footwear that will eliminate all risks. It is therefore essential to do a thorough analysis of the workplace and the tasks to be performed to determine the best ways to reduce accident risks, while understanding that the choice of good slip-resistant footwear should be complementary to other preventive measures implemented by an organization to eliminate or reduce the sources of danger,” asserts Chantal Gauvin, IRSST engineer and the author of the pamphlet.

In addition to a reading list of documents on slip prevention in French and English for those who wish to learn more, and an explanation of some test methods, the pamphlet makes it possible to better understand concepts such as the coefficient of friction between the sole and the ground.

The pamphlet How to Choose Slip-resistant Occupational Footwear can be consulted at no cost at

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Jacques Millette
Manager of Public Affairs