Q. Most of our employees wear safety steel-toed boots. One of our employees said his boots are worn out and we are required to reimburse him when he buys a new pair. Is that correct?
A. Not necessarily. Although employers must provide personal protective equipment to their employees at no cost, this requirement does not include steel-toed shoes or boots if the employee is allowed to wear them off the job site. This same rule applies to nonspecialty prescription or nonprescription safety eyewear.