Whether you run a chain of salons or operate as a mobile stylist working in the Hair Industry, both you, and your employees will inevitably spend a lot of time on your feet.
Working in a standing position for an extended period of time can cause a variety of health problems, including lower back pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, sore feet, swelling of the legs, and general muscular fatigue. Choosing the right shoes or footwear can be a major factor contributing to your comfort while standing on the feet.
What Is The Impact Of Potential Injury?
If you (or your employees) do suffer an injury or health problem it is likely that you will be less productive, or at worst, not be able to work at all. Obviously, this will have a direct impact on your income if you cannot service your clients. Long-term injuries such as back problems can take months, or even years, to recover from, which highlights the severity of the issue.
Don’t Risk Employee Claims
Many salon owners have a relatively flexible dress code, if they even have one at all! However, as an employer you should be aware of your duty of care to the safety of your employees and the provision of a safe working environment. As such, it is important that you provide a clear dress-code policy and advice on the suitability of footwear based on the role of each of your staff.
If an employee suffers a health issue which could be directly linked to their choice of footwear, it could be argued that you did not provide adequate advice and they are holding you responsible. These type of actions could result in potential Employers Liability claims under your Hairdressing Insurance or Salon policy.
When devising a dress & footwear code or picking out your own shoes to wear to work, fashion should not be your main driver. The following tips guidelines will help to find shoes that will keep you and your team comfortable on the job.
- Avoid shoes that change the shape of your foot.
- Choose shoes that have a firm grip on the heel. If the shoe slips off the back of your foot, you will be less stable and you can become sore.
- Make sure you choose shoes in which you have room to move your toes.
- Choose shoes that have arch supports, or add them.
- If possible, choose shoes that lace up. They will constrict your foot less than those that do not.
- Find shoes that have padding under the tongue if you suffer from tenderness on the top of the foot.
- If you’re working on a cement floor, use a shock-absorbing cushioned insole.
- Avoid both flat shoes and shoes with heels higher than 5 centimetres.
Tips When Buying Shoes For The Salon
When in the shoe shop, use these tips to be sure the shoe you’re trying on will be comfortable and safe in the long run.
- Walk around for a few moments before buying. Notice any points in the shoe that slip or give you pressure.
- Measure the space between the toe of the shoe and your longest toe. Ensure that you have room to move your toes.
- Ask for guidance from the sales assistant, explaining how you will be using the shoes.
When you’ve got the right footwear, people will able to concentrate better on their job. Avoid short-term discomfort and long-term chronic health problems and subsequent liability claims.
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