Leather Boots vs. Rubber Boots -- Safety
Could anyone possibly tell me where I can find some documentation showing that leather boots are safer than rubber boots. I'm doing some research. If I can prove the above to be true, I'm going to propose that our standard issue is leather. I bought a pair myself and love them. Think everyone on our department should have them, just gotta prove they are more safe than rubber. Thanks for any help.
Bolivar County VFD
More to Safety Than Slip Resistant
Having worked as a firefighter in the chemical industry and for the Department of Energy and through this experince have learn to view safety from many aspects. Since most structural fire fighting is done in an hazardous atmosphere not to mention the materials that are involved in the fire, the water streams will pull these products out of atmosphere creating a chemical cocktail that we crawl and walk in. Since leather is known to be absorbent and does not decontam well, anything we walk in can or will be absorbed into the leather. I would be concerned about the permeability of the leather and exposer to the chemicals that could or would be in the leather boots over time. The rubber boots don't have the permeability issues that leather has and just because a leather boot is bloodborne compliant does not make the boot chemical resistant. I'am looking for chemical permeability information and dermatology studies of chemicals through leather.