Wherever users of equipment must keep their hands free, the use of foot switches or foot pushbuttons is recommended. These include not only variants with pure on/off functionality but also footswitches which cover a broad spectrum including progressive response and latching functions. They are thus suitable for controlling equipment with complex functionality. Foot switches and foot pushbuttons are made either of metal or plastic. Robust versions which are dust-tight or watertight are suitable for use in industry. Foot switches and foot pushbuttons also find applications however in laboratory equipment, office equipment or musical equipment.