How to choose the correct safety shoe?

Safety footwear should be chosen according to the job and work environment. Making a practical interpretation of EN ISO 20344 standard, for easier understanding, we can find safety footwear designed with mechanisms that protect us against different risks.

🔴 Safety footwear with toe cap (anti-impact 200J and 15kN against compression): footwear intended to protect the user’s toes against the risks of physical agents of mechanical action.

🔴 Dielectric safety footwear: footwear intended to protect the user in areas where there is a permanent risk of electric shock.

🔴 Antistatic safety footwear: footwear that serves to discharge the static energy from the human body, which is generated by the work that is carried out.

🔴 Metatarsal safety footwear: footwear equipped with an integrated system that protects the instep of the foot against certain types of direct impact to the metatarsal.

🔴 Anti-penetration: prevents the penetration of the sole caused by the direct embedding of certain sharp objects.

🔴 Thermal safety footwear: footwear designed to protect the user from low temperatures.

🔴 Safety footwear for high temperatures: footwear that allows work to be carried out in extremely high-temperature environments and with the risk of contact of the sole with materials at temperatures above 300º.

🔴 Waterproof safety footwear: those designed to protect the user from the risk of liquid or fine dust seepage into the internal part of the footwear.

Purchasing safety shoes with protection from the combination of various of the above mechanisms will decrease your risk of injury and keep you safe.

SAFETY FOOTWEAR CLASSES AND CATEGORIES 

Type

S1

S1P

S2

S3

S4

S5

Closed heel area Rubber / Plastic boot Rubber / Plastic boot
Anti-static
Energy absorption in the heel area
Abrasion Resistant Sole
Toe Cap (200J)
Puncture-proof midsole
Water absorption & resistance to water penetration
Lugged Sole

 

  1. SB:
    1. Basic requirement of shoes
    2. Toe cap (200J Impact resistance)
  2. S1:
    1. SB
    2. Closed heel area
    3. Antistatic properties (A)
    4. Energy absorption in the heel area (E)
    5. Abrasion-resistant sole (FO)
  3. S1P:
    1. S1
    2. Puncture resistant sole (P)
  4. S2:
    1. S1
    2. Water absorption and resistance to water penetration (WRU)
  5. S3:
    1. S2
    2. Puncture resistant sole (P)
    3. Lugged sole
  6. S4:
    1. SB
    2. Antistatic properties (A)
    3. Energy absorption in the heel area (E)
    4. Hydrocarbons resistant sole (FO)
  7. S5:
    1. S4
    2. Puncture-resistant sole
    3. Lugged sole

 

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