Safety Footwear Policy

Safety Footwear Policy Policy RM1005 Approved on: April 15, 2010 Effective Date: April 26, 2010 Safety Footwear Policy Table of Contents Safety ...
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Safety Footwear Policy Policy RM1005

Approved on:

April 15, 2010

Effective Date: April 26, 2010

Safety Footwear Policy

Table of Contents Safety Footwear Policy .................................................................. - 2 Scope ......................................................................................... - 2 Purpose ...................................................................................... - 2 Requirements ............................................................................. - 2 Standards ................................................................................... - 2 Subsidies .................................................................................... - 4 Roles & Responsibilities ............................................................. - 4 Administration............................................................................ - 5 Related Documents/Resources .................................................. - 5 Appendix A – Definitions ............................................................... - 6 Appendix B – CP Safety Footwear Standards ................................. - 7 -

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Safety Footwear Policy Scope This policy applies to all Canadian Pacific (CP) employees and defines the minimum requirements for safety footwear.

Purpose Is to promote the use of safety footwear that will provide the necessary support and protection to employee’s ankles and feet to prevent or significantly reduce the severity of injury.

Requirements This policy applies to all employees as a condition of employment and all other individuals while on CP property except when working inside exempted offices and/or buildings and other defined locations.

Standards All safety footwear must meet CSA Z195 (Grade 1 – Green Triangle Patch (as pictured)- for Canadian based employees) or ASTM F13 (for US employees) standards. Figure 1. CSA Grade 1 Triangle Patch Note – Safety Footwear with protective toe caps manufactured from metal, Kevlar or composite materials, etc. are permitted as long as CSA Z195 Grade 1 (Canada) or ASTM F13 (US) standards are met. In addition, all safety footwear (see Appendix B for diagram): •

must have puncture and oil resistant soles DM&E only – all new safety footwear purchased must have puncture resistant soles. Existing safety footwear without puncture resistant soles will be “grandfathered”. After February 28, 2011 all safety footwear worn on CP property must meet the requirement outlined above.



must have an upper greater than 6 inches in height (measured from the top of the sole (in step side) to the lowest point on the top of the upper) that encircles and supports at least 1 inch above the ankle bone (see diagram Appendix B). Note – existing safety footwear with 6 inch uppers will be “grandfathered”. After February 28, 2011 all safety footwear worn on CP property must meet the requirement outlined above.

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must have a defined heel with a minimum height of 3/8 inches measured from the sole except where exempted (see below) ***For Field Operations - Defined heel – is one in which the angle of the inner face of the footwear’s heel (i.e. Breast of Heel Angle) is approaching 90o. Safety footwear with heel characteristics such as this will assist in preventing a foot to slip through a railcar stirrup or side ladder for example.

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must have laces and be fully laced to the top at all times to provide adequate ankle support except where exempted (see below) must be maintained so they are free of tears and have a functioning tread

Exemptions – Local management may request exemptions to requirements as outlined within the policy following the completion of a risk assessment with respect to specific jobs and where the potential risks would not expose the employee to ankle or foot injury. Requests shall be made in writing to the Manager, Health & Safety Programs. Exemptions to the requirements as outlined within this policy apply as following: Medical Exceptions • Provided through the Chief Medical Officer Safety Footwear not required to be worn • Walking in designated areas before or booking off of shift • Office areas or areas where an exemption has been granted upon a risk assessment that indicates an adjustment to the requirements of this policy. Safety footwear with uppers 6” or less in height • Due to the smaller size and limited availability of women’s boots with puncture resistant soles in the US and the smaller sizes of men’s sizes 4-6, 6” style safety footwear is permitted to be worn providing all other requirements outlined in this policy are met and the boot’s upper is of sufficient height to encircle and support at least 1 inch above the ankle. Safety footwear without laces • Rubber boots meeting the standards as outlined within this policy are permitted to be worn when required to work in standing water/flooded areas (includes such areas as culverts, beaver dam floods, locomotive wash bays). • Employees whose job title is defined as “welder” and the majority of their duties require them to weld or cut metal are permitted to wear safety footwear without laces providing all other standards as outlined within this policy are complied with.

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Safety footwear with no defined heel • •

Employees while working on steel structures are permitted to wear “ironworkers” boots with no defined heel provided they meet the standards outlined within this policy. While not defined as safety footwear as per this policy anti-slip winter overshoes without a defined heel are permitted to be worn as long as the overshoe’s sole is pliable enough to allow the defined heel of the approved safety footwear being worn underneath to adequately grab on or grip ladder rungs/railcar stirrups, etc. Refer CP’s Anti-slip Footwear Program for more details.

Subsidies •

All employees required to wear safety footwear meeting the requirements as outlined in Canadian Pacific’s Safety Footwear Policy are entitled to receive a subsidy. See the following documents for program details: o Safety Footwear Program – Canada o Safety Footwear Program – US

Roles & Responsibilities The following roles and responsibilities relating to this policy are outlined below: Employees Employees are responsible for: • Reading, understanding and complying with this policy; • Purchasing safety footwear in compliance with this policy; • Maintaining and keeping safety footwear in good repair; and • Wearing good fitting safety footwear properly Supervisors Supervisors are responsible for: • Will ensure employees have access to and understand the requirements of this policy; • Ensuring that all employees under their responsibility wear the appropriate, CP approved safety footwear where required; • Conducting periodic safety footwear checks to ensure the safety footwear worn by employees under their responsibility are appropriate for the conditions and work undertaken and meet both regulatory and CP standards; and • Ensuring they are familiar with CP’s safety footwear subsidies and the process(es) to be used by employees to claim a subsidy • Will assist employees with completion of the appropriate subsidy application forms and exemption requests. Safety & Environmental (SES) SES is responsible for:

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Will administer this policy in accordance with current collective agreements, regulatory standards and current safety best practices. Will ensure the policy, subsidy order forms, approved safety footwear listings are communicated and readily available to all supervisors and employees. Will provide advice or interpretation on the requirements of the policy. Will assist SSG in the selection of approved vendors and approved safety footwear. Periodically auditing the effectiveness of the safety footwear program. Provide exemptions in accordance with this policy.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) OHS is responsible for: • Will advise SES and SSG on emerging medical standards that may affect this policy. • Will review and approve medical exemptions to the policy for Canadian employees. Strategic Sourcing Group (SSG) SSG is responsible for: • Will select approved vendors who meet the requirements of this policy and will manage those contracts. • Will ensure adequate supplies of safety footwear are available to employees.

Administration Policy Name: Safety Footwear Policy

Policy Number: RM1005

Approved by: Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Committee

Effective Date: April 26, 2010

Rail City Policy Location: Safety & Environmental Services

Review Date: April 15, 2013

Related Documents/Resources Safety Footwear Program - Canada Safety Footwear Program - US

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Appendix A – Definitions Defined Heel A defined heel is one in which the angle of the inner face of the footwear’s heel (i.e. Breast of Heel Angle – see Appendix B) is approaching 90o. Safety footwear with heel characteristics such as this will assist in preventing a foot to slip through a railcar stirrup or side ladder for example. Upper Portion of the boot that encircles and supports the ankle and lower leg. The upper is measured from the top of the boot’s sole (on the in step side) to the lowest point on the top of the boot’s upper (See Appendix B). MetGuard/Metatarsal Protector A shield over the top of the foot, attached to the boot, that provides protection against impact to the metatarsal area of the foot and restricts welding slag and metal sparks resulting from welding or allied process from coming in contact with the boot’s laces.

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Appendix B – CP Safety Footwear Standards

Safety Footwear approved for use on Canadian Pacific property must as a minimum meet the following regulatory standards CSA Z195 Grade 1, Green Triangle ASTM F13 (replaces ANSI Z41) and as a minimum all safety footwear • •

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must have puncture and oil resistant soles must have an upper greater than 6 inches in height (measured from the top of the sole (in step) side to lowest point on the top of the upper) that encircles and supports at least 1 inch above the ankle bone. must have a defined heel with a minimum height of 3/8 inches measured from the sole except where exempted must have laces and be laced fully to the top at all times to provide adequate ankle support except where exempted must be maintained so they are free of tears and have a functioning tread

***See the notes above regarding “grandfathering” of puncture resistant soles for the DM&E and the new safety footwear upper requirements.

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