A PPE Guide to Safety Footwear Standards
Are you choosing the right safety footwear for your needs? Then this classification guide may be of help
Safety footwear protects the wearer’s toes against risk of injury from falling objects and crushing when worn in work environments where potential hazards may occur. The midsole protects against the foot being pierced by underfoot objects.
Safety footwear can be recognised by the following standard: EN ISO 20345:2004. The classification system used to identify the protection provided by the footwear is listed below with a selection of sample footwear:
SB: The presence of a safety toecap providing protection against impact injury to the toes caused by falling objects. Level of protection provided is 200 joules. Prevention of compression injury to the toes if trapped under a heavy object. Level of this protection is 15kN.
SBP: As SB standard plus penetration resistance.
S1: As SB standard plus closed seat region. Anti-static properties and energy absorption of seat region.
S1P: As S1 standard plus penetration resistance.
S2: As S1 standard plus water penetration and water absorption resistance.
S3: As S2 standard plus cleated outsole and penetration resistance.
S4: 200 joule toecap protection. All rubber or all polymeric footwear with anti-static properties. Energy absorbtion of seat region.
S5: As S4 standard plus cleated outsole and penetration resistance.
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