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Slippery (Resistance) When Wet

Slips and falls can occur almost anywhere at any time. Didn’t see that grease spot on the kitchen floor? There’s a slip and fall right into the refrigerator. Missed that patch of black ice while walking into work in the middle of January? Now you’re laying on the sidewalk with a freshly sprained ankle.

If you work in slick and slippery environments, you may find that meetings between you and the ground are becoming more and more common due to slips and falls. Not wanting to hurt yourself and miss any time from work, it’s important to know just how to handle slippery conditions. Here are some of our tips.

Take slooooow steps (and learn how to do the shuffle)

There’s no need to rush over slippery spots. Take slow, small steps whenever you need to walk across potential slip hazards. Slowing your steps down also means that you can use your feet as “probes” to detect just how slippery the surface in front of you is.

Always watch where you’re stepping before you actually take a step. If you’re walking slowly, your reaction time will be more responsive to changes in traction. If stepping is too dangerous, do the shuffle! Keep your feet on the ground (at least one foot apart) and just glide and dance your way across that spill. We wouldn’t recommend practicing your ice dance routine, though.

Bend your knees, and walk flat-footed

Life is all about balance, right? Well, the same is true for walking over slippery surfaces. You’re going to want to make sure that you are as centered and balanced as possible. While walking, slightly bend your knees and try to walk flat-footed as much as you can. This keeps your center of gravity over your feet to maintain that perfect balance. To help with this, point your feet slightly outward.

Remember, none of this has to be too drastic. We don’t want you squatting down like a crab and walking sideways with your feet pointed out. Just get your feet directly underneath you and keep them flat while taking (slow) steps.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…balance beams!

Remember when you were a kid on the playground walking along the balance beams? You didn’t keep your hands close to your sides to keep yourself balanced. You extended them straight out to your sides!

Now, do the same thing when walking across a slippery surface. Keep your arms extended to the sides to maintain your balance. And if you haven’t read a single word yet, remember this tip: Never keep your hands in your pockets. Not only will your balance be poor, but if you do slip, you won’t have your arms out to protect yourself. Hello, missing teeth.

Handrails are there for a reason

Those cute little handrails next to steps aren’t just there for decoration. They might be the one thing that keeps you from slipping and falling, so use them! If the stairs are slippery, use any railings that you can find to keep yourself balanced and upright.

If there aren’t any railings insight, try to use a wall, counter, or other surfaces nearby to grab onto while walking across the slippery surface. If all else, fails, take the balance beam approach we mentioned earlier.

Are slips common at your job? Then wear the proper footwear!

If you work in an environment where slips are a regular occurrence, then it’s important for you to have on a pair of slip-resistant shoes at all times. Interested in checking out some of our own styles? Feel free to browse through them at https://www.srmax.com/

Helpful Tips for CNA’s

Nursing assistants are crucial parts of the overall nursing team, and their job is incredibly important. You’re on your feet nearly all day caring for residents and patients in a nursing home, and many of them can consume most of your time and attention.

In a job as important and challenging as this one, we’re sure that you’ll take all of the tips you can get. Here’s a few from the people who want to take care of your feet:

Obviously…Take care of your feet!

So we’re a bit biased when it comes to the most important part of the human body. However, for a CNA who spends most of the day on their feet, the foot really is important. Patients aren’t the only injured people in hospitals; employees can slip and hurt themselves as well, so you should take care in making sure that this doesn’t happen to you.

Having a pair of slip-resistant shoes is a great preventative measure that you can take. There are plenty of spills inside hospitals or nursing homes, so feeling confident and safe in your work environment is the first step in doing your job well. You also don’t want to come home to throbbing foot pain at the end of each day, so getting comfortable shoes with enough padding and support is necessary as well.

Keep a journal with you, and write until your hand falls off

Not actually…trying to do this job with one hand would be interesting. A CNA will spend the day doing so many tasks and juggling multiple patients. Unless your brain has a portable hard drive stored within it, you’re simply not going to remember everything.  

Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep a small notebook to write down what needs to be done for each patient, and any other reminders for yourself or questions for your supervisor.

This notebook can also be used to write down patient tendencies and other information about your day-to-day duties. Just write it all down so it becomes impossible to forget!  In addition to kicking forgetfulness to the curb, writing lists can also reduce your level of stress due to the fact that it gives you a chance to collect yourself and mentally prepare for the day ahead.

Ask ALL the questions

In this profession, there’s no such thing as “too many questions.” You’re handling the health and well-being of real people. If you don’t know how to do something, it’s a wise idea to ask someone who does rather than winging it on a real live human being.

Learn from your supervisor and observe everything that they do before you attempt it. Ask previous CNA’s what they have done in similar situations too. Learning from those who have been there before is the best way to start gaining experience. And remember: THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS especially when you are in charge of someone else’s care.

Organization = Relaxation  

Well, maybe not relaxation… but it will certainly make the daily duties a little less stressful!

A CNA is constantly running around in and out of rooms, taking care of several patients at a time. Even that sentence was a mouthful, so it’s hard to imagine what this job is like without actually doing it. If you don’t stay organized, the job will get the better of you.

Arrive to work a few minutes early and start planning out your day and prioritizing certain tasks. These tasks can be written down in your handy notebook that we talked about earlier. Also, gather all of the supplies that you need for each patient before entering the room to care for them.

Lastly, when you’re taking the vitals for various patients, make sure you document each of them immediately following the tests. This allows the patient records to stay up-to-date and all of the other practitioners can view the records quickly as well. Like we said, this job requires a lot of organization, preparation, and documentation.

Don’t forget about the most important factor in this equation: YOU!

To do this job, you need to take care of yourself. Whether this is by taking care of your feet, hands or anything else, always ensure that your health is the priority. If you’re sick you can’t provide the care that your patients need. Especially if you’re in a nursing home for the elderly, you cannot come to work with any type of bug because these patients are particularly susceptible to illnesses.

While this job is a handful, it is extremely rewarding being able to help so many people each day. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to come home each day and kick your (well-taken care of) feet up on the couch and relax.

For more tips and information about the products we offer, check us out at srmax.com.

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Tips for Keeping Your Feet Warm on the Job

 

Throughout most of the country, the weather is getting colder by the week, and soon (if it hasn’t happened already) the snow, ice, sludge will begin to descend upon thousands of cities and towns. For some, this time of year is magical. Chances are those people aren’t working all day in those conditions. You may even work in an environment that requires you to stand in a large freezer for hours on end. Whatever the case may be, these tips are sure to help.  

Keeping your toes warm while wearing slip resistant work boots may seem impossible, however, with these simple, easy to follow tips you can march through the cold knowing that your toes will stay toasty.

You will notice a pattern with this blog post, so we will point it out to you now, warm feet and dry feet work with each other.

Check out our top tips for keeping your feet warm on the job this winter:

          Keep your feet dry

This is a fairly basic and preventative tip. If your feet are dry, they are more likely to be warm and stay that way throughout the day. Two main factors can influence this: the water solubility of your work boots, and the moisture absorption and thickness of your socks.

Buy Waterproof Boots – When purchasing a pair of safety toe work boots, it is always important to keep your daily work environment in mind. If the area you work in is damp, or you spend a lot of time outside or around water, it is wise to invest in waterproof work boots that can handle the task.

Get the right socks – You might have checked out our other blog post on how to choose the right socks for your job. The same message applies here. If you are working in a cold, wet environment, you will want to invest in socks that can withstand the elements such as wool or other synthetic moisture-wicking sock blends. We recommend investing in these types of socks as they wick away moisture from your feet as the day goes on, keeping your feet warm and dry.

Pro Tip: Keep your work boots inside. That way when you go to put them on before your shift, they will be nice and warm right off the bat.

Buy the right boots – When it comes time to buy your cold weather work boots, there are several things to consider. Different boots offer varying levels of insulation and moisture-wicking capabilities, and therefore it is important to get a pair of boots that can stand up to the task of keeping you on your feet in cold, wet environments.

With all of these factors to consider, it is wise to do your research before purchasing your next pair of work boots. If you still have questions regarding the appropriate size and fit of your safety work boots, please don’t hesitate to comment or email us with your questions. We also suggest visiting a shoe store that specializes in work wear if possible.  

Ready to learn more about our products and tips we offer? Check us out at www.srmax.com

 

Tips to Keep You Safe at Your Warehouse Job

Slippery surfaces, extremely hot or cold climates, and potential hazards around every corner. If that description sums up your job conditions, chances are you work in a warehouse. As a manager or employee, you are more than aware of the risks that come with the job. In fact, a warehouse is one of the most dangerous places to work. But you can help reduce the potential for accidents in the workplace just by following some simple safety advice.

Here are some safety tips for working in a warehouse:

Tip 1: Don’t Try to Impress

If you are faced with lifting and moving heavy objects all day long, don’t try and show off in front of your coworkers by lifting heavy materials improperly, or by trying to lift something that you shouldn’t be lifting in the first place. Use the dollies, forklifts and hand trucks that you have available to make your job easier and prevent injuries. Also remember to wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear and proper slip-resistant footwear.

Tip 2: Clear Areas of Pallets, Cartons, and other Debris

All areas should be kept clean and free of debris. When unpacking materials, immediately dispose of any debris that could cause slips and falls. Treat aisles the same way you would a busy street. Look both ways and always stay alert when crossing or going around corners. Empty trash cans before they fill up all the way. Always stack heavier objects on the bottom of piles with lighter objects on top. This helps to ensure that your stacks won’t collapse on or around you, ultimately keeping you and your coworkers safe from falling boxes and materials.

Tip 3: Dress for Safety and Success

Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing. As with any job, it is important to dress the part. That means wearing comfortable clothing that is not too baggy. This will help protect you from getting caught anything that might be on the side of your path or line of walking. Proper slip resistant work shoes are also important in your line of work.

Tip 4: Know your safety protocols

Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility. In addition to knowing where your emergency exits are located, it is important to know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept. In an emergency, you don’t want to be faced with the task of locating the first aid kit.

This final tip probably doesn’t come as a surprise either, but it is imperative that you report safety hazards when you see them. This ensures that the issue is dealt with immediately, lowering the risk for at-work accidents. And the end result is a safer, more efficient and ultimately, profitable company.

To learn more about what we can do to help you stay safe at work, check us out at srmax.com

How to Stay Safe While Working on a Cruise Ship

Article by Emily Bennett

 

As cruise ships continue to become larger and accident reports continue to progress in great numbers, we are left wondering what exactly is being done to better train crew members in the event of an emergency at sea or in port?  Every crew member should have at least some familiarity with how to properly handle any onboard situation, including how to best evacuate passengers in the event of the vessel becoming disabled, what to do in the event of an onboard emergency, and most importantly how to keep themselves safe while on the job, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.

Safety is the top priority for both passengers and crew members while onboard the ship. As passengers are continually coming onboard for an unforgettable time at sea, crew members must enforce safety protocol for everyone on board, in order to make sure that no one’s life is put in immediate danger.

Food for thought: If crew members are not following proper protocol to maintain onboard safety, how can they be trusted with ensuring a passenger’s onboard safety? Here are a few safety tips that crew members should follow to make sure that everyone remains safe and has an exceptional time while onboard.

 

  • Know the Maritime Laws: Since each vessel usually flies a foreign flag, it can be difficult to understand the difference between each country’s laws and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be sure to learn your cruise company’s requirements, including regulatory maritime and cruise ship laws to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times, and most importantly not endangering anyone.

 

  • Participate in Safety Meetings: Upon each new boarding, crew members should participate in a safety meeting, usually carried out right before your ship leaves port. It is in these meetings that you will be informed of your duties in the case of an emergency and will be required to know where you need to congregate in the event of an accident or evacuation.

 

  • Obtain certificates in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid: Once onboard a vessel, crew members are expected to know how to operate lifeboats, where the boats and rafts are located, how to launch them, and know about the different fire-extinguishers onboard and what kind of fire they are used for. Basic First Aid is also required to address any type of non-life threatening injury while onboard.

 

  • Acquire a pair of Slip Resistant Shoes: In order to help keep crew members accident free, slip resistant work shoes are a great asset to each crew member’s uniform. With a slip resistant sole, crew members are kept safe at work and experience a decrease in slip and fall injuries when it comes to working around unseen spills.  

 

 

These are just a few of the many safety recommendations for cruise ship workers when it comes to staying safe at sea and at the port. It is crucial for crew members to understand that our responsibility is ensuring the safety of all who are onboard (including ourselves), as well as our duty to protect passengers as per maritime law.

For more information on work safety tips, visit us on our website at srmax.com.

Shoe Requirements for Hospitality Workers


Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

 

When you think about hotel staff, who do you think of first? The front-of-house staff that greets you and helps you with check-in? The housekeeping staff that makes sure your room is in pristine condition when you arrive? Or maybe the kitchen crew, buzzing around prepping for the next rush and preparing high-quality meals. What do all of these people have in common? That’s right. They should all be wearing slip resistant footwear.  

Still not convinced? Read on to see why it’s crucial for all hospitality workers to wear slip resistant shoes on the job.

Housekeeping Staff

On average, each member of a housekeeping staff is asked to turn over, or clean up about sixteen rooms a day! With so many rooms to take care of, it’s no surprise that maids and housekeeping staff get more than their fair share of steps in every day. It also comes as no surprise that this type of work can lead to strains in your lower back, legs, and arms. Did you know that one slip and fall accident can lead to sprained ankles and other (possibly more severe) injuries? For this reason, slip resistant footwear with plenty of support is a must. We recommend shoes with a padded insoles as well to help with the constant pressure you’re putting on your feet by using them all day. It’s important that you only bust your tail figuratively, not literally.

Front-of-house staff

The front-of-house staff typically spend most of their shifts on their feet, standing in one place. With that being said, front-of-house staff members are still at risk for slips and falls while maneuvering around the facility. Look for a slip resistant dress shoe with plenty of support in order to keep you comfortable during those long hours. Greeting guests with a genuine smile might be difficult if your feet are throbbing, so make sure you are in a pair of shoes that won’t just get the job done, but will allow you to do your job in comfort as well.

Kitchen Staff

Like any other dining facility, the kitchen can be a dangerous place. There’s no question that when you’re working in a kitchen, there’s bound to be unseen spills, and other unforeseen hazards such as slippery floors, sharp utensils, and hot surfaces just like any other kitchen. In addition to all of the potential hazards, there’s also the potential chance that you’ll be doing your duties while dealing with achy feet. We can’t stress the importance of comfortable slip resistant shoes enough.

 

Ready to discover our truly comfortable work shoes? Visit us online at www.srmax.com to learn more.

 

Our Top 3 Greatest Shoes for Waiters

Whether you’re working part time to earn some extra cash or you’re a seasoned veteran to the serving game, you know that being a server can very rough on your body.

 

From carrying food to rushing in and out of a hot and busy kitchen, after your shift you can’t wait to kick off your shoes and prop your feet up. Because of this, having the right waiter shoes is even more important.

As a server, you want to keep a few things in mind when investing in a new pair of work shoes:

  • Cushion: Working a long shift is not only exhausting, but with improper shoes, it can also be painful. You want to make sure that the shoes you are wearing have the proper cushion in order to support and keep your feet comfortable through your whole entire shift.
  • Style: Now, this will depend on your restaurant’s environment. From upscale dining to a more causal and laid back setting, there are safe and comfortable shoes perfect for either atmosphere. You chose the one best for your work environment.
  • Arch Support: Arch support is crucial! Having a good shoe that supports the health of your foot will ultimately be more beneficial for you and your body.
  • Quality: Price may be your first concern, but buying better quality shoes actually saves money in the long run. Shoes that are constructed using the best materials and proper construction should serve you for well over 6 months, which means you don’t have to buy shoes as often.

 

Now that we’ve gone over the important things to consider when purchasing a work shoe, we decided to provide you all with a few examples! Here are some of our more popular slip resistant restaurant shoes.

Casual

To the left is our SR Max® Dover Slip Resistant athletic shoe and for the ladies we have the stylish Malibu women’s casual work shoe. This style comes in men and women’s sizes. This shoe is perfect for a more casual atmosphere.

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Dress Casual

The shoe on the left is our men’s SR Max® Providence Slip Resistant Dress Oxford. The shoe to the right is women’s SR Max® Bristol dress wedge. Both of these styles are appropriate for a setting that may be more of a business casual atmosphere.

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Dress

To the left we have our men’s SR Max® Augusta dress shoe and to the right we have our women’s SR Max® Isabella shoe. These styles are perfect for more of a business professional atmosphere.

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These are just a few of the wonderful style s that SR Max® offers for the typical types of restaurant environment. If the kind of shoe you need for your work environment was not listed, please visit our website and find your perfect shoe today!

Overshoes? What the heck is an overshoe and how can it help me?

Article by Brinklee Bailey

“What exactly is an overshoe?” We’re so glad you asked. An overshoe is a more affordable alternative to a slip resistant work shoe. They are protective shoe coverings that are typically made from a waterproof material and will protect your shoe, as well as your foot, underneath.

“Why buy a protective shoe?” you ask? That’s a very good question! What benefits does an overshoe provide above a regular protective shoe?” It is always wise to have different options so you can still participate in your company’s safety program.

Here’s a closer look at the full range of benefits:

  1. Convenience. Carrying around a pair of work shoes all day can be a little cumbersome. Because of the size and flexibility of overshoes they are easily stored in a backpack or an everyday bag. Also with overshoes, you will most likely only need one pair. You never have to worry about grabbing the right work shoes because your overshoe can fit right on top of the shoes you are already wearing.
  2. Affordable. Traditional slip resistant shoes can be rather pricey, but you want all of your employees to be dressed consistently. Fortunately, overshoes are great way to achieve this. Most overshoes only cost employees an economical price. Plus many employers have a payroll deduction programs where employees are able to purchase a solid pair of shoes and have a certain amount deducted each paycheck.
  3. Water Resistant. Overshoes are fully water resistant. These slip resistant shoe coverings fit snug and comfortably around your shoe, making your shoe fully resistant to water.
  4. Easily Cleaned. In the restaurant, grocery, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing industries, spills are something that come with the job. Overshoes are made of a rubber material that can easily be wiped down.
  5. Wear Them Over Shoes! One of the biggest benefits of overshoes is that they can be worn over your shoes. With overshoes employees are still able to wear their own closed toe shoes with a protective covering over them. You can still feel like you are able to walk around in what you like and what is comfortable to you. A happy, comfortable employee is a better employee.

Check out the SR Max® line of overshoes as well as our entire line of slip resistant shoes by visiting SRMax.com!

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.


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