What is safety footwear?

What is safety footwear?


Safety footwear belongs to the category of personal protective equipment according to the European directive 89/686/EEC and therefore requires an EC type approval.

It is to protect the user against:

  • Mechanical impacts, caused by falling objects or contact with (sharp) objects
  • The effect of harmful (liquid) substances
  • Slipping and falling

Neskrids program of safety footwear is certified after the European standard for safety footwear EN ISO 20345: 2011.

Footwear approved after EN ISO 20345: 2011 has as a minimum a toecap that protects against falling objects of 200J and against compression (15kN). This basic authentication is also called SB
Additionally, adding additional protection to the footwear. The most common combinations are:

  • SB: SB: All basic characteristics are met. It includes a protective toecap and an oil, lye and acid resistant outsole
  • S1: Same as SB + Anti-static, closed heel, energy-absorbing sole
  • S1P: Same as S1 + Penetration Resistant mid sole
  • S2: Same as S1 + Water repellent upper
  • S3: Same as S2 + Penetration Resistant mid sole


Footwear approved after EN ISO 20347: 2012 is without toecap and commercially. This basic authentication is called 0B
In addition, further protection is applied to the footwear. The most common combinations are:

  • OB: All basic features are met with oil, lye and acid resistant sole
  • O1: Same as OB + Anti-static, closed heel, energy-absorbing sole
  • O2: Same as O1 + Water repellent upper
  • O3: Same as O2 + Penetration resistant mid sole + sole pattern

 

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