The second reason is for safety. When we enter a home, we do not live there and we do not know what goes on it that home. There are many foot hazards that can be present in residential carpet. The tack strips which hold down carpet may not be fully covered and may lead to a puncture in the skin. Many of our jobs include pet urine stain and odor removal. In some houses where elderly people reside there may actually be human urine or fecal matter in the carpet. There may also be blood, spit, vomit, rodent feces, sewing needles, hypodermic needles, staples, thumbtacks or tiny bits of broken glass. All of these present a hazard to our technicians.
Lastly it is an OSHA requirement that we wear shoes in any area that an employer believes there may be a foot injury hazard. The following link shows that if the employer believes there is a foot injury hazard, then foot protection must be worn and that wearing of shoes on the job may also be a condition of employment.
I hope this was helpful in explaining why we keep our shoes on and why we will refuse any jobs where a customer insists that we remove our shoes. Please understand we do want your business, but not at the expense of our highly valued employees.
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