TheSafety Shoe Program has been established to protect NIH employees from possible foot injuries due to occupational foot hazards. If you are at risk of foot injury on the job and you are an NIH employee, you can obtain safety shoes upon approval of your supervisor. Safety shoes made available to NIH employees must meet the general requirements for impact and compression resistance required by theASTM Standard F2412-05: Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection.
You are required to complete the Safety Shoe Form. The safety shoe truck vendor will only accept the Safety Shoe Form signed by your supervisor. This form must have your supervisor’s signature and the type of shoe you need. You are authorized to obtain a new pair of safety shoes when the current shoes are no longer useable (generally about every 12 months). Any medical conditions requiring special footwear must be documented by your private physician or by the NIH, Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS),Occupational Medical Service (OMS).
Safety shoes are purchased from two different vendors. The vendors alternate visits, with one vendor scheduled for first Wednesday of the month, and the other on the third Wednesday of the month. The shoe trucks are located at the Building 13 loading dock from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.