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EN Safety Standards

EN Safety Standards

The correct safety footwear whether it be for a construction worker, a motorcyclist or a fireman, is vital to ensure that feet are adequately protected. Not only is protection afforded against potential hazards of utmost importance, but functionality, comfort and durability too.

Some types of footwear are defined as Complex category PPE. In addition to satisfying the basic requirements of the Regulation (EU) 2016/425, the manufacturer must also demonstrate ongoing compliance annually.

What safety standards are there within footwear?

EN ISO 20345:2011 – Safety footwear

EN ISO 20346:2014 - Protective footwear – (This standard may soon be withdrawn and is rarely used)

EN ISO 20347:2012 - Occupational footwear

 

Which standard your footwear is tested to is identified on the product information label, this is found within the boot or shoe.


Slip Resistance Testing


All safety, protective and occupational footwear must be marked with one of the mandatory slip resistance categories given below

SRA: Slip resistance test using a ceramic tile and detergent – for environments where a water based lubricant is most likely or where the product may be used outdoors

SRB: Slip resistance test using Stainless steel and glycerol lubricant – for primarily indoor uses where oil/grease like lubricants may be present

SRC: Both the SRA and SRB where the lubricant and end use cannot be predicted.

Consider the slip resistance requirements of the footwear carefully – a good performing SRA product with a deep open cleat patter could be better suited to used outdoors and in soft and loose ground.

 

EN ISO 20345:2011 categories of protection

Marking to EN ISO 20345:2011 indicates the product has the highest toe protection available. Toe protection has been tested at 200J impact resistance and 15kN compression force.

Products marked "SB SR#” = Safety toe protection plus one of the mandatory slip resistance categories of protection must be claimed

 

There are also many optional categories of protection available and the most commonly claimed categories of protection are as follows:

 

"P” Perforation resistance – resistance to nail perforation from the underside of the sole

"E” Energy absorption of the seat region – A cushioning of the heel to reduce stress

"A” Antistatic – A controlled electrical resistance through the sole to dissipate static away from the body and maintain a sufficient resistance to prevent electric shock if accidental contact with mains voltage

 "M” Metatarsal protection – Protection against impacts on the top of the foot, above the toe cap

"WR” Water resistance – Resistance to water penetration of the whole footwear (waterproof)

"WRU” Water resistant upper – a limited resistance to water penetration through the main upper materials

"HI” Heat Insulation – resistance to thermal transfer into the foot from hot conditions

"CI” Cold insulation – resistance to thermal transfer into the foot from cold climates

"FO” Fuel oil resistance – a resistance to outsole swell when in contact with iso octane (a derivative of petrol)

"HRO” Heat resistant outsoles – A resistance to damage due to short term contact with heat

 

The following short marking codes are also available to reduce the marking requirements


Classification I footwear:

(Made from leather & other materials, cannot be all rubber/polmeric).

S1: SB + Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel). Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region and fuel oil resistant outsole

S2 = S1 Plus water resistance of the upper materials

S3 = S2 plus a cleated outsole pattern and Perforation resistance of the sole complex

Classification II footwear:

(Made from all rubber or all polymeric – commonly known as wellington boots).

S4 = SB plus Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region and Fuel oil resistant outsole.

S5 = S4 plus Perforation resistant outsole complex

 

EN ISO 20347:2012

 

Occupational footwear for professional use. The footwear does not provide protection to the toes but will offer one or more protection feature.

Products marked "OB SR#” – offers only one of the mandatory slip resistance categories of protection which must be claimed.

 

One or more of the optional protective categories of protection detailed above may be claimed. However "M” Metartarsal protection may not be claimed on occupational footwear

 

The following shortened marking codes also exist.

Classification I footwear:

(Made from leather & other materials, cannot be all rubber/polmeric).

O1: OB + Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel). Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region.

O2 = O1 Plus water resistance of the upper materials

O3 = O2 plus a cleated outsole pattern and Perforation resistance of the sole complex

Classification II footwear:

(Made from all rubber or all polymeric – commonly known as wellington boots).

O4 = OB plus Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region.

O5 = O4 plus Perforation resistant outsole complex

 

The Declarations of conformity for our products can be found HERE


 



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