Author Archives: jshouse

Winter Boots

Best Winter Boots for this Year!

Best Winter Boots for this Year!   

Winter is coming.

As Jack Frost is making his way across the nation, you need to be ready for whatever pops up this Winter season.  Make sure to be prepared with a heavy coat, gloves, and SR Max® slip-resistant boots. As you are out holiday shopping, you will encounter frigid weather. Slip and fall dangers may pop up around you and can cause very dangerous conditions!

Check out some of these stylish boots that will help protect your feet this winter.

Best Winter Boots - DenaliDenali
Available in black or brown

The Denali is one of our favorite boots! It has a waterproof bootie construction and is equipped with our MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole. This also has a composite toe which creates a lighter body compared to a steel-toe boot.

 

Best Winter Boots - RaleighRaleigh
Available in black or brown

If you are looking for something a little smaller, check out the Raleigh Hiker! This shoe is equipped for you to stay safe during the winter season but also looks good on your feet! The Raleigh Hiker has a waterproof, oiled, leather upper body alongside a waterproof bootie construction. This shoe does no have a composite or a steel toe.

 

Best Winter Boots - BooneBoone
Available in black or brown

If you are looking for a boot with some edge and style, this is the one for you. The Boone Hiker will provide optimal slip resistant protection from slippery hazards. This boot has a unique leather upper body with an abrasion resistant toe bumper guard. Just like the Denali, this boot also has a composite toe that will protect your toe from unexpected falling objects.

How Lacing Can Address Foot Issues

How Lacing Can Address Foot Issues

Your slip resistant shoes are highly significant in your workplace. While you are running around and performing your daily tasks, it is important to have the correct lacing for your shoes.

There are multiple ways to lace up your shoes, solving several foot problems that you may encounter. Take a look at the lacing techniques below and find one that you can use.

Toe-ProblemsToe Problems

If you have toe problems, it can cause several pains in your work shoes. A simple lacing can alleviate some of that pain.  When you are lacing up your shoes, create a diagonal lace going from the bottom to the top. Lace the eyelets with the rest of the lace. This also creates a cool design.

High-Arch
High Arch

Individuals that have high arches may have a hard time with normal criss-cross lacing.  By straight lacing your shoes, the pressure on the shoe’s tongue is released which allows relief to your foot.

Top Foot PainTop of Foot Pain

Pain on the top of your foot can be very aggravating, especially when you are trying to work. When lacing up your slip resistant shoes, skip an eyelet so you leave space in the lacing. This will cause less pressure on the top of your foot.

Another way to handle foot issues is to purchase an insole for your slip resistant shoes. This will allow your shoes to have a more comfortable insole that molds to your foot.
Check the insoles out here.

Shoe Spotlight: Skechers

Shoe Spotlight: Skechers

It is difficult finding a shoe that can protect you from slippery surfaces and be stylish at the same time!

But if you take a look at the shoes we offer, you will see that we take safety as serious as we take style. That’s why we offer over 200 styles of slip resistant shoes from 15 brands!

We are proud to say that we carry a diverse line of Skechers shoes along with other brands such us Keen, Mozo, Crocs, and Dansko.

Skechers slip resistant shoes will prove to be a great choice in any workplace situation where you could encounter slip and falls. With all of the safety features built into our Skechers, you will be protected from most workplace dangers. These shoes are also equipped with a memory foam cushioned insole which proves to be one of the most comfortable shoes to work in. Customers have said it feels like you are walking on a cloud.

Several of our Skechers are equipped with a Max Trax® outsole. Our specialized outsole proves to be the front runner in slip resistant protection. With the comfort of the Skechers memory foam insole and the protection of our Max Trax® outsole, you will have one of the best shoes available for the workplace.

 

Click here to find the perfect pair of Women’s Skechers for your workplace!

Click here to find the perfect pair of Men’s Skechers for your workplace! 

Kitchen safety procedures

Top Safety Concerns for Restaurant Employees

Top Safety Concerns for Restaurant Employees

You can make the restaurant workplace a very safe environment by taking some precautions. Restaurants can be filled with safety hazards that could result in harsh injury or much worse. You may have already taken precautions by setting up the necessary procedures to protect your staff and customers. By being a proactive employee, you can better protect your restaurant’s well-being and customer satisfaction.

Sanitation 

Would you eat from a kitchen that does not practice sanitation standards? This can cause very serious problems not only for the employee but also for the owner and the customer.
While working in the kitchen, it is important to follow these tips:
-Keep the counters and floors clean
-Wash every dish with hot, soapy water and appropriate levels of sanitizer
-Wipe down cutlery and appliances to prevent cross-contamination
-Watch and document shelf lives to prevent serving outdated products

Kitchen Equipment

Kitchens are filled with appliances and utensils of all sorts. There are knives, meat slicers, toasters, deep fryers, and other tools that could cause serious injury. To protect yourself around these tools, please use proper safety equipment and common sense. Protect yourself from kitchen equipment with these tips:
-Use a chainmail glove while cleaning the meat slicer to protect your hand from the sharp blade
-Use proper gloves that guard your entire arm while filtering the deep fryer
-While handling knives, use proper safety measures when cutting food

Slipping in the kitchenSlip and Falls 

This area is our specialty. Well… Slipping isn’t our specialty. We can prevent you from slipping in the workplace by equipping your feet with our slip resistant shoes! Slip and falls can cause major and minor injuries that not only have an impact on you but affects the entire restaurant. Slip and falls are the most common form of injury in a kitchen environment. When working with different oils and liquids, substances will end up on the floor at some point. By being equipped with our slip resistant shoes, the employees will be able to walk with confidence knowing that they will not slip on the kitchen floor dangers. A few ways you can prevent slip and falls:
-Clean up spills immediately
-Wear SR Max® Slip Resistant Shoes
-Keep a lid on all cups and bottles to prevent accidental spilling
-Use wet floor signs around any type of spill
-Don’t forget to wear your SR Max® Slip Resistant Shoes

By being prepared for everything that you may encounter in the kitchen, you will definitely make an impression on your customers and your manager, or owner.
We want to help you succeed in the kitchen and the workplace. We consider ourselves professionals in the safety industry and will answer any questions you may have about kitchen safety.

Comment below with some of the safety concerns that you have encountered in the kitchen!

The Next Steps:

Find a pair of SR Max® Slip Resistant shoes to prevent you from slip and falls in the kitchen.

Find our how we test our slip resistant shoes.

Nurse Shoes

Best Shoes For Assisted Living Employees

Best Shoes For Assisted Living Employees

Working in an assisted living or nursing home facility can present a couple of hazards. It’s important to be protected with hand sanitizer, scrubs, medical equipment, and slip resistant work shoes so you can be prepared for anything that comes your way. With everything going on in the workplace, our goal is to keep you safe by equipping you with the best medical shoes for your busy day.

Out of your entire work wardrobe, we believe that your shoes are one of the most important pieces and we have dedicated ourselves to help you find the perfect shoes for you.

With constant running around, trying to meet immediate needs that some patients may require, your feet may be hurting by the end of the day.  We can’t provide you with an electronic foot massager for those days you are always on your feet, but we can give you the most comfortable and safest shoes in the workplace.

A couple of key points you want to take into consideration when it comes to your shoes are posture and safety. Take a look at these shoes that are both comfortable and slip resistant.Assisted Living shoes
Our Dansko clog is the leading shoe in the healthcare industry. It isn’t just a great shoe, for the construction of it is fantastic. They are specifically designed to help alleviate back pain that comes from walking all day. Dankso clogs have also been awarded the Seal of Acceptance  from the American Podiatric Medical Association. The SR Max® Dansko clogs are even equipped with our patented MaxTrax® outsole, which provides an exceptional slip resistant bottom.  You will be safely working in style and in comfort.

Nursing home shoesIf you are looking for a shoe with more flexibility yet still slip resistant, this is the shoe for you. Walk into work with these Skechers shoes, and your co-workers will not believe that they are your work shoes! With the technology and durability of the iconic Skechers brand and our top-performing slip resistant outsole, this shoe will not leave you disappointed. This shoe is equipped with full-length memory foam footbed that will make you feel like you are walking on clouds.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF TOP SHOE STYLES FOR ASSISTED LIVING EMPLOYEES. 

Factory Workers

Best shoes for Warehouse & Factory Workers

Best shoes for Warehouse & Factory Workers

Factory work can be a dangerous job at times! Regarding all of the protection that you are required to wear, your shoes should be one of the most important.

You need to be equipped with the best slip resistant shoes for your factory workplace.

With the 8-10 hour workdays, your shoes can make or break your day.
A couple of key things you will want your factory shoes to have included the following: 

Steel toe or composite toe

This will provide protection for your feet if anything were to fall onto your shoe. Composite toe is made out of non-metal materials, which result in a much lighter shoe as compared to a steel toe shoe. Both provide great protection for your feet in the factory workplace. 

Slip-resistant

There are various hazards in every workplace. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries on the job. Our shoes are proven to prevent slips and fall through our specialized MaxTrax® outsole. Every shoe we sell is rigorously tested through the Brungraber Mark II “hi soil” oily/wet test on red quarry tile to further provide our customers with the best slip resistant shoe in the business.

If you are looking for the perfect shoe for optimal protection in your manufacturing job, we have you covered. Take a look at the shoes below and what they have to offer.

Best shoes for factory workers

The Denali Hiker

The Denali men’s boot will provide optimal protection for your feet. This shoe is equipped with our MaxTrax® outsole, composite toe, and waterproof protection. This hiker boot will also protect your ankles from low-ground dangers. 

Best shoes for factory workers

The Boone Hiker

The SR Max® Boone hiker is also a great fit for the manufacturing workplace. With a 5 star review, this boot is equipped with our Maxtrax® outsole to protect you when you walk on slippery surfaces. Your toes will also be protected with the built in composite toe. This boot looks great while giving you the best protection for your feet. 

Click here for a full list of top shoe styles for manufacturing workers.


Click here for tips on how to clean your slip resistant shoes! 

Slip Resistance 101 – Coefficient of Friction

[box type=”shadow”]
cof symbol COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION – A coefficient of friction is a value that shows the relationship between the force of friction between two objects. It is a value that is sometimes used in physics to find an object’s normal force or frictional force when other methods are not available.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
slipFRICTION AND SLIP RESISTANCE – When you walk, you need to have friction with the surface you are walking on. A coefficient of friction (COF) describes how much force is needed to move an object on a certain surface. A COF of zero means that employees are more likely to fall, while a higher number (like 0.5) means that there’s good traction.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
grip
GRIPPING TESTS – People rarely fall on clean, dry surfaces. So, slip resistance testing takes place under conditions that generally involve a wet surface. Currently, there are only two testing devices that meet ASTM F-13 standards for “wet testing”: the Brungraber Mark II Test, and the English XL. These tests measure the COF to accurately find an item’s ability to generate friction and reduce slip and falls.

[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
test2
MAXTRAX® FAR EXCEEDS THE MINIMUM COF – In our most recent independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil, oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be a super star of slip resistance. In each test, MaxTrax® far exceeded the COF necessary to take a safe step.

All SR Max® brand shoes are made with the MaxTrax® outsole, and we’ve also partnered with several other brands to make MaxTrax® outsoles available on shoes from Reebok, Skechers, Dansko, and Rockport Works.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
tests
THE COF TESTS DON’T LIE – Where other outsoles failed on one type of surface or had COF’s near the mark for slipping on others, SR Max® alone surpassed the threshold on all surfaces tested.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
raise
RAISE YOUR COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION – Back in 2008, we decided to change the game by developing and producing the most slip resistant outsole available. The exclusive pattern we developed gives our outsoles the maximum amount of surface area possible (increasing contact with the floor for better traction). The flexible, soft rubber compound used provides more give upon impact, which allows for an enhanced grip and maintains a major hold with the ground.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
absenteeism
EMPLOYEE ABSENTEEISM DUE TO FALLS – Workers spend an average of 9 days out of work after an injury due to a fall. And, it’s reported that in nearly one-third of slip, trip, and fall cases, a worker may be off of work more than 21 days.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]frictionFRICTION – Frictional resistance to the relative motion of two objects is measured in proportion to the force which presses the surfaces together as well as the roughness of the surfaces. Since it is the force perpendicular or “normal” to the surfaces which affects the frictional resistance, this force is called the “normal force” and designated by the letter N.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
friction and slipFRICTION AND SLIP RESISTANCE – The frictional force is also presumed to be proportional to the coefficient of friction. The amount of force required to move an object starting from rest is usually greater than the force required to keep it moving at a constant velocity once it has started.
[/box]

[box type=”shadow”]
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS – Slip resistant shoes can and do reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents that can lead to workplace absenteeism. While slip resistant shoes won’t solve every problem, they can at least contribute to keeping you and your team safe on the job!
[/box]

SR Max®Goes Red!

February is National Heart Month and with it comes National Wear Red Day, an awareness campaign that encourages people to “go red” on the first Friday of every February to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. The employees at SR Max® celebrated the 13th annual National Wear Red Day in style