Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.


The purpose of this document is to provide general guidelines to all Yukon government employees on PPE - "Foot Protection."

For detailed information regarding "PPE - Footwear," please review Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part 1: General, Section 1.13.

General Information

Safety footwear is designed to protect against foot hazards in the workplace, and includes both hiking boots for field traversing and industrial footwear for working around heavy equipment. Safety footwear protects against compression, puncture, ankle and impact injuries. Your choice of protective footwear should always overprotect, not under protect. It is the employee’s responsibility to know and wear the appropriate safety footwear for the environment or task.

Selection of Safety Footwear

The following symbols, or markings, will help you determine which footwear is appropriate for the job.

Selection of Safety Footwear





Green triangle footwear has sole puncture protection with a Grade 1 protective toe (withstand impact up to 125 joules).

Any industrial or heavy work environment, including construction, where sharp objects are present (such as nails).


Yellow triangle footwear has sole puncture protection and Grade 2 protective toe (withstand impact up to 90 joules)

Light industrial work environments that need both puncture and toe protection.


White rectangle with orange Greek letter "omega" footwear has soles that provide electric shock resistance.

Any industrial environment where accidental contact with live electrical conductors can occur.
REMEMBER: Electric shock resistance is greatly reduced by wet conditions and with wear. Also know that conductive footwear as listed in CSA Z195-09 relates to an electrical discharge that might ignite volatile, flammable materials that are close to the wearer. Live electrical work should follow recommendations for an electrically conductive clothing ensemble (as specified under CAN/ULC-60895).


Yellow Rectangle with green letters "SD" and grounding symbol footwear has soles that are static dissipative.

Any industrial environment where a static discharge can be a hazard for workers or equipment.


Red rectangle with black letter "C" and grounding symbol footwear has soles that are electrically conductive.

For any industrial environment where low-power electrical charges can be a hazard for workers or equipment.

White label with green fir tree symbol footwear provides protection when using chainsaws.

For forestry workers and others who work with or around hand-held chainsaws and other cutting tools.

Blue rectangle footwear provides Grade 1 protective toe with no protective sole

For industrial work that does not require puncture protection.


Grey rectangle footwear provides Grade 2 protective toe with no protective sole

For institutional and non-industrial work that does not require puncture protection.

Note 1: The ® symbol indicates the preferred position for the identifying logo or mark or the certifying agency.
Note 2: Labels are on the tongue of the right shoe at ankle height. They may also appear at ankle height on the shoe itself (for electrical protection footwear).
From: "Z195.1-09 Guideline on Selection, Care and Use of Protective Footwear,"  Canadian Standards Association, 2009.

An "internal protection code" is also required. This code will be permanently marked on the outside or inside of at least one shoe/boot.

Protection Code














  1. level of toe protection (1 for Grade 1, 2 for Grade 2, 0 if not)
  2. presence of puncture-resistant sole (P if present, 0 if not)
  3. presence of metatarsal protection (M if present, 0 if not)
  4. type of electrical protection (E if shock resistant, S if static dissipative, C if conductive, 0 if no protection)
  5. chainsaw protection (X if present, 0 if not)


  • Choose footwear according to the job hazard and approved standards.
  • Lace up boot and tie laces securely (boots do not protect if they are a tripping hazard or fall off).
  • Use a protective boot coating to help the boot last longer and provide greater water resistance (wet boots conduct current).
  • Choose a high-cut boot to provide ankle support.


  • Wear defective safety footwear (i.e., exposed steel toe caps).
  • Under protect your feet.
  • Modify safety footwear.