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European Footwear Safety Standards

The codes applicable to European safety footwear are:

Protected AreaType of ProtectionCode
Steel Toe Basic Impact 200 joules including compression 15,000 newtons SB
200 joule toecap protection. Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel). Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region. S1
200 joule toecap protection. Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel). Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region. Water penetration and water absorption resistance. S2
200 joule toecap protection. Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel). Antistatic properties. Energy absorption of seat region. Water penetration and water absorption resistance. Sole penetration resistance. Cleated outsole. S3
Additional protections Outsole resistance to hot contact: up to 300 °C HRO
Penetration resistance offered by a steel midsole: 1100 newtons P
Heel energy absorption: 20 joules E
Water penetration-resistant uppers WRU
Electrical resistance Conductive: Maximum resistance 100 kΩ O
Antistatic: Range of 100 kΩ to 1000 MΩ A
Hostile environments Insulation against cold CI
Insulation against heat HI

There is also EN ISO 20346:2004 for protective footwear (must comply to basic safety requirements but toe cap impact resistance requirement is lower - 100 Joules) & EN ISO 20347:2004 for Occupational Footwear (must comply to basic safety requirements with anti static and/or slip resistant properties. This standard does not require a protective toe cap)

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Health & Safety Standards & Regulations Guide

All protective clothing, workwear and safety equipment have standards and regulations to which the manufacturers have to abide to in order to pass the products through as protective. There are specific standards that each item has to pass through in order to become site safe. We have tried to list as many of the revelvant standards below to help you understand them, if you require any help with this, please contact us, and we will help guide you through the different standards.

Protective Clothing

EN 471 - This Standard is used in High Visibility clothing, and is determined by the background and retroreflective material used in the garment. Basically the amount of reflective material and flourescent material that is visible on the garment. The most common standard within the industry.

GO/RT 3279 - Garments that have this Standard comply to the rail industry standard, and are suitable for use within the rail and underground transport industries.

EN 1150 - This standard is for non-professional use, and tests garments for visibility in the daytime and when illuminated at nightime, the standard High visibility vests that cyclists use with less reflective bands is a good example of this standard.

EN 343 - this standard is used in garments that are for use in adverse weather conditions, and covers both waterproofness and breathability, you will often see rating levels next to the symbol.

EN ISO 11611 - Garment that you see this standard on are generally used for welding and allied processing, the standard confirms that the garment / product is able to resist heat and small splashes of molten metal.

EN ISO 11612 - This standard confirms that the wearers garment is protective against heat / flames and tests show that they are resistant to flame spread.

IEC 61482-2 - this standard is used to test fabrics and garments which are intended to protect the user / wearer againt ARC flashes.

EN1149 - Garments with this standard attached to them are surface resistant, and show a resisted level of charge decay offered by the item.

EN 13982-1 (type 5) - shows compliance to type 5 protection againts airbourne solid particles.

EN 13034 - garments offer type 6 chemical defence against chemicals with limited life.

Gloves

EN 420 - ensures that gloves are comfortable, and safe to use, includes length, sizing, dexterity and pH levels in lether gloves.

EN 388 - relates to gloves intended for industrial use, and covers abrasion, cut, tear and puncture resistance of the glove. You will often see levels next to the symbol.

EN 511 - shows that a glove has protection against cold, and offers insulation properties.

EN 407 - Similar to EN ISO 11611 for clothing offers thermal protection against hazards. resistant to heat and molten metals

EN 12477 - gloves for use in manual metal welding, cutting and allied processing, this standard uses EN 420, EN 388 and EN 407.

EN 374 (part 1) - passed air and water leaks and are suitable and most commonly used with micro-organisms.

EN 374 (parts 1-3) - gloves will protect against chemicals and micro-organisms.

EN 455 - generally medical gloves for a single one off use. testing shows freedom from holes, sizing strength, biological evaluation and shelf life testing.

Safety Footwear

SB - Safety Basic, this style of footwear will have a 200 joule toe protection, it may have other features, but most will be of a basic safety footwear product.

SB-P - Will have the same safety specifications as a 'SB' item of footwear, with the added midsole penetration protection.

S1 - Similar to the 'SB' code with additional antistatic sole and energy absorption heel, with an oil resistant upper.

S1-P - Will have the same safety specifications as a 'S1' item of footwear, with the added midsole penetration protection.

S2 - Thes same as the 'S1' rating witha water resistant upper.

S3 - has all the same features as the 'S2' rating with the added midsole penetration protection.

S4 - in adition to having a 200 joule toe cap, it is classed as antistatic footwear, so the sole is also resistant to fuel oil and has energy absorption in the heel area. It is fully waterproof and commonly known as leak proof.

S5 - has all the same features as the 'S4' rating with the added midsole penetration protection.

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