While Croc shoes may be a fashion statement, should they be worn in the dental office?
OSHA's General Duty Clause Section 5(a)(1) OSH Act says:
(a) Each employer --
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees
OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment Standard 1910.136 states:
29 CFR 1910.136(a) requires the use of protective footwear when employees are working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where there is a possibility of the employee's feet being exposed to an electrical hazard. Read section.
Wearing "Crocs" brand shoes with a partially open heel and a covered toe in a pharmacy setting. Read OSHA's letter of interpretation.
The CDC does not address the issue of clinic/work shoes, however, dental infection control experts state that each dental office (employer) must determine what is appropriate for their specific office setting, keeping in mind that they should be sensible, comfortable, and practical.
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