Mr. Mark E. Grundman, President
M. G. Grundman & Sons, Inc.
906 North Seventh Street
P.O. Box 404
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Dear Mr. Grundman:
This is in response to your letter of March 17, addressed to OSHA, and a
follow-up to your telephone conversations of June 11 and 15 with Camille
Villanova of our staff. You asked for information about the use of your
custom shoes in an industrial environment where safety footwear is required.
The telephone conversation covered several topics which are summarized below:
o The OSHA standards address requirements for employers and
employees in the workplace.
We appreciate your interest in employee safety and health. If we can be of
further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
o Methods of abatement of hazards should be developed in the
following priority order:
1) engineering controls
o The OSHA standards reference the ANSI (American National
Standards Institute) consensus standards for the design and testing
specifications of safety-toe footwear.
2) administrative controls
3) personal protective equipment.
If a hazard cannot be removed by engineering, or
administratively controlled in the workplace then personal protective
equipment would be required.
Note: these consensus standards were originally published as
the "USA Standard for Men's Safety- Toe Footwear", Z41.1-1967, and are now
titled "American National Standard for Personnel Protection-Protective
The current publication is available from:
American National Standards Institute
o The availability of materials for toe caps and sole puncture
resistance were discussed.
New York, New York 10018
o The ANSI committee was discussed. The name of OSHA's ANSI Z41
committee member is as follows:
Ms. Audrey Best
o Information about the leadership of the ANSI Z41 committee was
also given to you. Mr. Dale Haskin is the Secretary of the ANSI committee
and can be reached at:
OSHA, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
The National Safety Council American National Standard for
Personnel Protection-Protective Footwear, Z41-1983 Committee Post Office Box
558 Itasca, Illinois 60143 1(800) 621-7619
Raymond E. Donnelly, Director Office of General Industry Compliance