SAFETY SHOES AND BOOTS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

SLIP RESISTANCE RATINGS

SRA- Tested on ceramic tile wetted with sodium lauryl sulphate (a diluted soap solution)

SRB- Tested on steel with glycerol

SRC – Tested under SRA and SRB conditions

OTHER PROPERTIES

A – Antistatic

AN – Ankle Protection

C – Conductive

CR – Cut Resistant Upper

HRO – Outsole Resistance to Hot Contact

I – Electricity insulating footwear

M – Metatarsal Protection

P – Penetration resistance

WR – Water Resistance

WRU – Water Penetration and Water Absorption Upper

SAFETY SHOES AND BOOTS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Category ———— EN* ISO 20345 requirements

All safety footwear must meet the minimum safety standards set out by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The current standard for Safety Footwear across Europe (EN) is EN ISO 20345:2011. This was updated in 2011 to make it stricter. Under this standard, all safety footwear must now have toe protection against a 200 joule impact. This is the amount of energy the toe region can absorb before breaking. All new products must be manufactured and certified under EN ISO 20345:2011

An explanation about safety footwear

Choosing safety footwear can be a bit of a challenge, since there are so many things to consider when choosing footwear for work. Below, you can read an explanation of what the different terms mean, which you can use to help you choose footwear that best suits you and your needs. Remember to check any requirements regarding footwear and other safety equipment when you are in a place where work is going on.

Safety footwear is certified according to the European standard for safety footwear, EN ISO 20345:2011. Footwear certified according to this standard has, as a minimum, toe caps that protect against impacts of an energy level of at least 200 J (joule) and against compression (at least 15 kN, kiloNewton). This basic standard for footwear is called SB (see more information about standards below).

The toe cap protects the toes against falling objects and crushing. They come in steel, aluminium and fibre/composite and protect against impacts of an energy level of at least 200 J (joule) and against crushing (at least 15 kN, kiloNewton).

Steel: Steel toe caps with plenty of room for the toes.
Aluminium: 50% lighter than steel toe caps, but with the same properties.
Fibre/composite: 100% metal-free and good at insulating against heat and cold.

Penetration protection prevents sharp or pointed objects from penetrating the sole of the shoe. You can get penetration protection in steel, wood and fibre/composite, all of which meet the same ISO requirements. However, in places where this is especially likely to be an issue, you should choose steel penetration protection to ensure the highest degree of safety.

Slip resistance

SRA: The outsole has been tested on ceramic tile wetted with a soap solution (sodium lauryl sulphate).

SRB: The outsole has been tested on steel with glycerol.

SRC: Slip-resistant. The outsole has been tested under SRA and SRB conditions.

Safety requirements for safety shoes

SB

The basic standard for safety shoes with a steel toe cap.
Outer protection against impacts from falling objects of 200J (joule), as well as protection against compression (15 kN, kiloNewton).

S1

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).

S1P

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Penetration protection – in steel or Kevlar, 1100 Newton.
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).

S2

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Water-resistant upper (WRU).
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).

S3

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Penetration protection – in steel or Kevlar, 1100 Newton.
Water-resistant upper (WRU).
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).

S4

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Water-resistant upper (WRU).
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).

S5

SB requirement – toe cap.
Full heel cap.
Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
Penetration protection – in steel or kevlar, 1100 Newton.
Water-resistant upper (WRU).
Oil and petrol-resistant outsole (FO).
ESD-approved: ESD shoes discharge the static electricity that is generated through movement, walking, etc., through the pattern on their sole in a controlled and safe way. Conductive footwear can prevent damage to sensitive electronic components and equipment, and the requirements are according to standard IEC 61340-4-3, with an electrical resistance of ≥ 0.1 MΩ < 100 MΩ.

P – Penetration protection.
A – Antistatic properties – from 0.1 MΩ to 1000 MΩ.
E – Shock-absorbing sole – minimum 20 J (joule).
WRU – Water-resistant upper.
WR – Water-resistant.
ORO – Oil-resistant outsole that can tolerate oil and certain chemicals without disintegrating.
FO – Oil and petrol-resistant outsole.
HRO – Heat-resistant outsole that can tolerate up to 300°C in one minute, which can help prevent injury.

ProNose – is an extra toe reinforcement of the upper or rubber cap affixed to the shoe that makes the footwear suitable for work involving kneeling, as it reduces direct wear on the toe.

Safety requirements for work with chainsaws

Safety footwear when using chainsaws is certified according to the European standard for safety footwear, EN ISO 17249:2013. The foot protection must be boots or high-top shoes with slip-resistant soles, a cut-resistant layer and a toe cap that protects against heavy objects that fall onto the foot. The steel toe cap must be at least class S. The cut-resistant layer should be at least protection class 2 or 3.

The boots are categorised by chain speed:
Class 1 – 20 m/s
Class 2 – 24 m/s
Class 3 – 28 m/s