• Safety Footwear

EN/ISO 20345 Personal protective equipment – Safety footwear

This standard specifies basic and optional requirements for safety footwear, and multiple levels of protection are outlined. Safety footwear is divided into different categories, depending on material, properties and design. For all categories there are basic requirements and specified safety properties. Safety Footwear is defined as incorporating protective features to protect the wearer from injuries which could arise through accidents. This includes protective features such as safety toe caps. Safety toe caps are designed to give protection against impact when tested at an energy level of at least 200joules, and against compression when tested at a compression load of at least 15kN.

AS/NZS 2210.3:2000- Occupational protective footwear - Requirements and test methods

Australia / New Zealand equivalent of ISO 20345. Specifies requirements and where appropriate test methods to establish conformity with these requirements for footwear intended to protect the wearer's feet against foreseeable hazards in a variety of workplaces.

Class I = Footwear other than rubber
Class II = Rubber and entirely moulded footwear

Category Basic Requirements Additional Requirements
SB Class I or II Safety toe cap
S1 Class I  Closed seat region (closed in heel area)
Antistatic properties
Energy absorption of seat region (heel)
S2 Class I As S1 plus
Water penetration & water absorption
S3 Class I As S2 plus
Penetration Resistance
Cleated outsole
S4 Class II  Antistatic properties
Energy absorption of seat region
S5 Class II As S4 plus
Penetration Resistance
Cleated outsole

SBP, S1P & S2P = SB, S1 & S2 with anti-penetration midsole