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Often overlooked as part of PPE, having safe footwear is important for keeping safe on the job. 

Pest management technicians are on their feet all day, often using chemicals and crawling in roof spaces and sub-floors. Looking after your feet is important. Not only does your footwear need to be comfortable, it needs to be functional, protecting you from chemicals, sharp objects, falling objects, hot surfaces and electrical hazards.

So how much attention do you pay to your choice of footwear?

It is important to consider your typical daily activities and the risks you encounter to make sure your choice of boot provides the best protection. Work safety footwear technology can provide a range of functional benefits, depending on the brand and model.

Safety boot features important to pest control technicians


Highly recommended


Water resistant

Electrical hazard protection

Penetration resistance

Ankle and toe protection

Anti-static protection

Heat resistance

Slip resistant

Chemical resistance

Given the amount of work in roof voids, boots with static resistance or electrical hazard protection capability is something to consider.

Like any safety equipment good maintenance is required, such as regular cleaning to maintain water resistant / chemical resistance properties. Of course wearing shoes until the sole or upper is thin will also impact functionality.

Let’s not forget, smart clean boots (taken off before entering a house) can also make a great impression on customers.