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2018 OSAP Annual Conference

Croc Not (Shoe) Issue


While Croc shoes may be a fashion statement, should they be worn in the dental office? 



OSHA References

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.

Standard Interpretation

Wearing "Crocs" brand shoes with a partially open heel and a covered toe in a pharmacy setting. Read OSHA's letter of interpretation.

CDC References

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.



NHS staff told not to wear Crocs Staff at hospitals in Wales have been banned from wearing Croc-style sandals while at work amid safety fears that the rubber footwear does not offer sufficient protection against sharp objects such as needles.
Crocs cause nurse safety concern                     A UK hospital has banned theatre nurses from wearing popular Crocs shoes - suggesting they might be dangerous.
Canadian Hospitals Ban Crocs, the Colourful, Lightweight Shoes for Safety Reasons There are concerns with ventilation holes on the front and the open heel. When working around blood, bodily fluids and sharp objects like syringes, the holes can prove to be a hazard.


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