Safety footwear is now required in multiple situations and environments, here is our short guide to selecting your safety footwear.
The first and most important consideration in selecting safety footwear and all footwear is comfort. If you don’t know the style or brand, we always advise trying on the footwear, as all brands and designs vary when it comes to a comfortable fit. We have 92 styles on stock, to allow a wide choice to try on.
The type of safety footwear you select can be driven by the circumstances you work under. Your footwear may include the need for anti slip, safety midsole, waterproof and oil resistance.
If you are unsure of what you need or what is available, always carry out a risk assessment for the environment you work in and always ask for competent advice on your requirements..
EN ISO 20345: 2011 is the basic standard for all safety footwear, but these are the categories above basic safety.
S1 = footwear that meets the basic requirements of 200 joules toe cap protection plus is classed as anti static, resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area.
S2 = in addition to 200 joule toe cap is classed as anti-static footwear. The sole is resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area. It also has a water resistant upper.
S3 = same features as S2 with the addition of midsole penetration protection. This can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert in the sole or by a kevlar insole.
S4 = in addition to 200 joules toecap is classified as antistatic footwear. The sole is also resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area. It is waterproof and leak proof.
S5 = same features as S4 with the addition of midsole penetration protection which can be a stainless steel insert in the sole, aluminium insert or the sole or by a kevlar insert.