Shoe covers are valuable pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in various environments to provide a protective layer to footwear when entering or working in different environments, such as sensitive areas to restrict contamination. Most commonly blue in colour, shoe covers are elasticated to make application simple and easy and allows for several sizes of shoe to fit the cover. The elastic also helps the cover to remain in place until ready to be removed by stretching only to the size required.
Easy to put on and remove, various sizes are available to fit any foot plus they are also available in one size fits all. Some over shoe covers comply with EN 61340-5-1 which ensures that they are safe for working within ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) areas, protecting sensitive equipment from damage. Our range of shoe covers features products from industry-leading brands such as 3M, Kimberly Clark, PAL and our own RS PRO.
Why are shoe covers used?
Shoe covers help to prevent contaminants from entering or polluting work areas, especially sensitive areas that can be easily affected. These can include laboratories, the food industry and ESD sensitive areas. Shoe covers aren't only used in sensitive areas, though, as they are also used by contractors and installation technicians when visiting customer homes or premises to prevent bringing in dirt and other contaminants. Disposable shoe covers allow for any contaminants picked up within an area to be disposed of before moving to the next area, further preventing cross-contamination or spreading.
They are considered valuable pieces of PPE as they provide a lot of benefits to the wearer and their surrounding environments. Not only do they prevent an area being contaminated by footwear, they also protect footwear from the surrounding environment, removing the need to clean footwear after use and therefore saving time. They also prevent the user from having to remove PPE footwear when entering an area, keeping the user's safety at an optimum level and once again eliminating a time-consuming alternative.
Shoe Cover Applications
Shoe covers are seen in lots of industries, from mechanical to pharmaceutical:
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Food industry
- ESD Sensitive areas