Top Considerations When Choosing Work Shoes for Food Production
Protection, comfort and durability are typically the main considerations when first evaluating a footwear solution for your production facility. However, many companies forget to consider boot design as a crucial factor when implementing a hygiene program for food safety. In this blog post, we'll review what types of footwear are best for food safety and which boots to avoid in order to reduce the spread of pathogens in your food production facility.
Easy-to-Clean Boots are Best for Food Safety
When implementing a captive boot program, footwear should be highly cleanable in order to maintain the highest levels of employee hygiene and protect the consumers of your brand's products.
The best types of boots for food safety are those with shallow, wide and open treads that allow for debris to easily be removed from the bottom of the shoe. These types of treads also allow the boot to be easily sanitized when employees use an automatic boot scrubber and sanitizing station upon entering or leaving the production facility. For example, the best boots for food safety would have treads that look like the following:
Work Boots to Avoid for Food Safety
Unfortunately, some work boots can actually help facilitate the spread of deadly pathogens in your food production facility. The worst types of boots for food safety are those with deep, tight and closed treads that accumulate debris and pathogens. The following are examples of footwear that must be avoided to ensure the effective sanitization of footwear when entering or leaving production zones:
Download our Boot Cleanability & Hygiene Guide
If you are unsure of the cleanability of your current work boots or want help in deciding on the best boots for your captive footwear program, download our boot cleanability and hygiene guide! This guide has detailed images that illustrate exactly what types of boot tread are best for food safety.