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Sole Education Grant

Sole Education Grant Returns for a Second Semester

The leading supplier of safety toe footwear is bringing back the Sole Education Grant for a second semester! After a successful pilot run this summer, where we awarded our first $1,000 grant to our selected student winner, Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Company decided to bring on another group of students, opening up the application nationwide.

The goal of the Sole Education Grant program is to have students explain and apply their growing knowledge of a particular trade industry, making them the experts on their given field of study for the Saf-Gard blog.

The Sole Education Grant is an industry-based education grant, created for students who are just starting out in their field.

Starting on October 14, 2019, Saf-Gard will follow three chosen students through their educational programs in pursuit of a future in their field. Each week, the students will be asked to write a brief response to an industry-related topic that will not only showcase their knowledge on the subject but their experiences and skills in the field as well. Students will report their findings, which will be uploaded to the Saf-Gard blog.

Responses will be put into a weekly blog series that covers a theme that students are tasked with responding to. Content will be used to pull quotes from for social media as well as educational materials moving forward.

The chosen students will be rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 assignments with $1000 to help pay for the cost of their education.

Saf-Gard has opened up the application nationwide, giving even more skilled trades students the opportunity to participate in the program.

Follow along with our students’ progress at http://www.safgard.com/education/blog.

Apply today at http://www.safgard.com/sole-education   
Learn more about the Generation T movement at http://www.wearegenerationt.com.

Sole Education Grant Student, Nikki

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


Top Safety Tips for Grocery Store Employees

For grocery store employees, the hazards and risks on the job are numerous, and an accident of any type can sideline a good associate faster than you can say, “clean up on aisle 12”. The dangers vary from department to department, but whether you’re in the bakery icing cupcakes or over in produce misting the veggies, it’s important to educate yourself on the unique risks associated with your job description so that you can keep a sharp eye on your own safety. But there’s one threat at any grocery store that all departments have in common. That’s right…slip and fall accidents.

In grocery stores, any manner of liquids can (and do) accumulate on the floor. Water from produce misters, leaks in refrigeration units, newly mopped floors, accidental spills, moisture tracked in from outside, and condensation in coolers – these are just a few of the many slip and fall hazards you must watch out for when working in a grocery store. But how can a slip and fall accident be prevented or avoided? Check out these top safety tips for grocery store employees to learn more!

  • Be Vigilant, Take Initiative – Be watchful. Slip and fall hazards can occur anywhere, at any time. It’s up to the employees to spot these dangers and then take the initiative to do something about them.
  • Clean Up Spills and Messes – By taking initiative in the aforementioned tip, you’ve decided to hold yourself responsible for cleaning up the messes that you encounter. See a broken jar of spaghetti sauce leaking all over the floor? Take the appropriate steps to clear away the debris and clean it up. When you take care of spills as soon as they happen (or as soon as you come across them) you’re greatly reducing the risk of someone being injured by a slip and fall.
  • Use Proper Signage – After you’ve cleaned up an accident or spill, the floor will likely be wet or damp from having mopped it. At this point, and at any time when you mop the floor, make sure to use the proper Wet Floor signage to warn others as to the state of the floor and their risk of falling.
  • Maintain Floor Cleanliness – Like any floor, the floor of a grocery store can get dirty (perhaps even more so). A built-up layer of dirt can pose a serious slipping hazard. To prevent a dangerous and unsightly accumulation of dirt and grime, floors should be mopped and buffed regularly. Regular mopping and buffing – when done properly – can actually improve the slip resistance of floors.
  • Keep Floor Clear – Keep aisles and walkways clear of trash, debris, boxes, electrical cords, and pallets. These obstructions are tripping hazards – they’re an accident just waiting to happen. With clear, unobstructed floors, your store will not only look its best but will allow you to move about freely, unimpeded.
  • Use Appropriate Matting – Situated at the entrances and exits of the store, as well as in the produce and other departments, slip-resistant mats are an important way to keep yourself on your feet and safe at work. These mats provide additional traction in high traffic areas. Make sure your mats are placed in the appropriate positions and are flush with the floor, not bunched or wrinkled. For some of the best slip-resistant mats on the market, try SR Max’s® SR Max® Grip Mat.
  • Wear Slip Resistant Footwear – Slip-resistant footwear is key to staying upright and on your feet throughout your shift in a grocery store. If your shoes can’t grip, you’ll likely end up on the ground at some point wondering “Why didn’t I just wear the right shoes?” Avoid that pain and embarrassment by outfitting yourself in the right shoes the first time. SR Max’s® patented MaxTrax® outsole technology has been tested and is ranked as the most slip resistant outsole among all national competitors. Not only are our MaxTrax® outsoles found on all of our own SR Max® brand line of shoes, but also on other great brands you know and love, like select Reebok, Skechers, Rockport Works, and Dansko. And those styles we carry that don’t have a MaxTrax® outsole? They’re still plenty slip resistant – we test all of our shoes and will not carry anything that scores less than a 0.40 Coefficient of Friction in the Brungraber Mark II test in high soil/oily wet environments (that’s science-talk for slip resistance testing). Trust us, we’ve got some seriously high standards.