Safety Shoes

In compliance with OSHA PPE Standard (29 CFR 1910.136), appropriate protective footwear will be provided for employees exposed to foot injuries. Environmental Health and Safety manage the University’s shoe program to ensure eligible employees purchase and use ASTM/ANSI standards approved safety shoes in performing their job duties.

The University will provide a shoe voucher every quarter to an eligible employee for the purchase of safety shoes. Purchases may be made from on-site vendors on campus at scheduled dates, or from the Country Casual Discount retail location. The Office of State Budget and Management approves a rate of $100 per employee each year. Therefore, the shoe voucher worth $100 will be issued to eligible employees for shoe purchases. Any additional cost exceeding the State approved rate will be borne by the employee and must be paid at the time of purchase. The vouchers are distributed to employees through their supervisor prior to each quarterly visit.

On-site vendors will be scheduled quarterly by EH&S to provide an opportunity for employees to obtain shoes of approved quality, and to receive professional assistance with the shoe fit. To obtain safety shoes, employees must present a valid voucher to the on-site vendor. No more than one pair of safety shoes can be reimbursed in a twelve (12) month period.

Employees are encouraged to use EH&S approved vendors for the purchase of safety shoes. This is to endure compliance with ASTM/ANSI standard. Any third party purchase outside EH&S approved vendors, must comply with ASTM/ANSI standard before reimbursement (not more than $100) can be provided. For such third party purchases, employees must provide the original receipt of purchase together with the pair of shoes to EH&S for verification and processing. A treasurer’s voucher will be issued to the employee for reimbursement at ECU Cashier’s Office.

Employees are required to properly use and maintain their safety shoes. Shoes that are lost, stolen, or damaged unrelated to the employee’s job would be replaced at the employee’s expense.