SLIP RESISTANT SOLE EXPERTS- Safety shoe

As a safety shoe company we have to take a number of factors in account. Slip resistant soles however are one of the most vital elements in safety footwear, also according to the ISO standard every safety footwear must have at least one type of slip resistant sole.

Slipping, tripping and falling are the main causes of accidents on the work floor. They often cause serious injuries to installers, construction workers, plumbers, factory workers and ambulance personnel. This leads often more than three days of absence at work.

Newman offers a wide selection of safetyshoe with an outsole that exceeds the generally applicable European slip resistance standards by far. As a result, you minimize the risk to trip or slide on a slippery surface.

safety shoe

Safety Shoe Safety Level SRA, SRB & SRC – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Newman Safety shoe is provided with an SRC certified slip resistant sole, meaning the slip resistance of the sole was tested on a ceramic tile wetted with a dilute soap solution and on a smooth steel plate with glycerol. The soles pass both tests with glance and do not only fulfill the minimum standards (SRA/SRB), but exceed them remarkably.

Make sure you’re aware of the degree of slip resistance below your feet, accidents are expensive. All Newman products are tested in laboratory conditions to be granted with a slip resistant rating. However, there are shoes out there described as ‘slip resistant’ or ‘improved grip performance’ that haven’t been formally tested. You can be 100% sure the safety footwear is slip resistant when you identify a slip resistant rating SRA, SRB or SRC.

SRA  (slip resistant soles are tested on a ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution) + SRB (slip resistant soles are tested on smooth steel with glycerol) = SRC (slip resistant soles pass both SRA and SRB slip resistance tests)

The properties of S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear are:

All of them are class I footwear.

S1 safety footwear has the basic properties of SB footwear plus:

  • Closed seat region
  • Antistatic properties (including the “A” marking)
  • Energy absorption of seat region (including the “E” marking)
  • Resistance to fuel oil
  • MONO DENSITY RUBBER: exceptionally sturdy: temperature-resistant from -30 up to 300°C, hard to penetrate for sharp objects and resistant to fuels, oils, microbes and numerous chemicals. However, rubber is heavier than PU and TPU, and is less flexible when submitted to cold temperatures. The rubber outsoles are also known for the great slip resistance as single density PU and TPU. RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, in contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for contacts with hot surfaces. It is a compact and heavy material so it is not the best choice if you need extremely light footwear.
  • PU/RUBBER: (generally an injection molded outsole). Keeping the properties of rubber for the outsole, in this type of footwear the midsole is made of PU so the footwear is lighter. The PU in this case is the weak point in the toughest situations where the rubber performs the best. RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, in contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for the contact with hot floors. It is a compact and heavy material, so to make it lighter it is joined with PU.
  • EVA/RUBBER: RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, for the contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for the contact with hot floors. It is a compact and heavy material, so to make it lighter it is joined with PU.

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding safety footwear: what is the difference between S1, S1P, S2, S3 Safety footwear?

  • What kind of characteristics should this footwear include?
  • What kind of outsole?
  • What kind of leather?
  • What marking?
  • What additional properties might it have?

In this article I’ll explain you technically what to do if you need S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear.

 

After reading this article I bet you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to find the perfect product for yourself!

There’s a huge variety of products on the market and you need to choose, let me explain to you, technically, what exists on the market, what technical specifications you have to look at to find the perfect S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear for your needs.

In general, some average situations where you could do a distinction between S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear:

  • You work indoor, no risk of water sprays, and you need protection for your toes, and a good breathability? Then you need S1 safety footwear
  • You work indoor, no risk of water sprays, and you need protection for your toes, you need protection against perforation, and a good breathability? Then you need S1P safety footwear
  • You work outdoor and you need protection for your toes and against water sprays? Then you need S2 safety footwear
  • You work outdoor and you need protection for your toes, you need protection against perforation, and against water sprays? Then you need S3 safety footwear
  • What other features should I consider for my S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear?

As you can see, the biggest difference between S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear consists in the resistance to water sprays and the puncture resistant plate. The S1P and S3 are basically S1 and S2 safety footwear, with an additional puncture resistant plate.

safety shoe
safety footwear
Safety Shoe

Frequent Ask Questions

Why are safety shoes important?

Protective, safety footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet. Steel toe boots and shoes protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them, and reduce the severity of injuries that may occur in the workplace. The foot is the most valuable part of your body subjected to injury in industry.

What is the use of safety shoes?

Safety boots are shoes made with a protective reinforcement at the front making them quite durable. The reinforcement helps to protect the toes from falling objects or any kind of compression. They are normally installed with a sole plate in the main sole to prevent against punctures that may come from below.

What is a safety toe shoe?

A steeltoe boot (also known as a safety boot, steel-capped boot or safety shoe) is a durable boot or shoe that has a protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects or compression, usually combined with a mid sole plate to protect against punctures from below.

Can safety shoes damage your feet?

Safety shoes can hurt your feet. Over half of the accidents at work lead to injuries to hands and feet, including musculoskeletal disorders such as plantar fasciitis, deformed arcs or flat feet. On most occasions people it’s not even found out that they are caused by bad posture of the feet.

What does s3 mean in safety boots?

S3Safety Footwear

S3 safety footwear is water resistant with protective toe cap, protective midsole, impact energy absorbing heel and anti-static properties. S3 safety footwear meets the safety basic footwear requirements to EN ISO 20345 as well as the requirements to S1.

 

Are steel toes meant to cut your toes off?

Steel Cap Amputation. Myth: Steeltoed boots are more dangerous than regular boots — if something falls on the boots, the steel can curl in and cut off your toes. … When something heavy hits the boot toe it causes the steel toe cap in the boot to compress down cutting off the toes

 

Which is better steel toe or composite?

Steel toe boots offer more protection than composite toe boots since they can handle a higher impact mass. … However, steel toe boots are heavier and usually do not breathe as well as composite toe, so they can be less comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

 

What is the OSHA standard for safety shoes?

OSHA’s foot protection standard, 1910.136(a), requires protective footwear to be used when employees are “working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where such employee’s feet are exposed to electrical hazards.”

 

How do I keep my feet from hurting in steel toe boots?

Socks. Socks add a layer of padding that prevents the steel toe work boots from coming into contact with the feet. Wear thick or double socks that provide you with extra comfort. Wear contoured socks and avoid looser socks.

 

Can I refuse to wear safety shoes?

What if the employee refuses to wear the footwear? If the employer has identified safety footwear as necessary, via a risk assessment process, then it is a safety precaution and as such, the employee cannot refuse to wear it.

 

How do I choose safety shoes?

Remember that your feet are unique and that you are the only one who can feel which pair of safety or work shoes that are the comfiest and will work the best for you. The shoes should not force your foot to conform to the shape – instead, the shoes should conform to the natural shape of your foot.

What does steel midsole mean?

Steel midsoles have been in use for many years and are a foot shaped piece of steel around 0.5mm thick. They are cut from a roll of steel and the edges are treated to remove any sharpness or burrs. They are all one shape and have to be reversed to make a pair of midsoles.

How much weight can steel toe boots handle?

A steel toe boot can handle up to 6000 lbs. of pressure before falling apart. A regular boot can only support up to 1200 lbs. This goes to show much difference the two have.

How do you know if safety shoes are safe?

Gently press the soles with nails, good quality soles and flexible, moderate hardness, no peeling. Third, check the heel. Shoes can be flat on the counter, good quality shoes should be smooth, heel palm should all contact surfaces, do not shake his hand up, to be consistent with the shoe heel height.

What is the weight of safety shoes?

The weight of safety shoes

Shoes that have metal components and a leather upper can weigh up to 2 kilos, whereas metal-free shoes with microfiber upper can weigh less than 1 kilo. 

Are steel toe shoes bad for your feet?

Some Foot Problems Caused by Tight Shoes

If you wear a steel toe shoe, which is poor-fitting, specifically too tight, then there is a great risk that you will experience blisters, calluses, corns, and neuromas. Those are the usual foot problems that those with too tight shoes develop over time.

Can steel toe boots cause foot problems?

This can permanently damage the toe muscles and cause painful corns. Chafing and other foot pain can also occur. Steel toe work boots are thought to be a cause of these issues, but in truth, it is actually poor-fitting boots that do it. Properly fit, steel toe work boots cause no problems

 

Should cleaners wear safety shoes?

When you’re working with lots of different types of cleaning products, it’s important to wear appropriate footwear. Cleaners shoes require certain safety features like a slip-resistant grip to help you stay safe at work.

 

Can wearing steel toe boots cause foot problems?

Some Foot Problems Caused by Tight Shoes

If you wear a steel toe shoe, which is poor-fitting, specifically too tight, then there is a great risk that you will experience blisters, calluses, corns, and neuromas. Those are the usual foot problems that those with too tight shoes develop over time.

 

Do safety shoes expire?

Generally, work safety toe shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not so much. The bottom line is that every pair of shoes will have to be replaced eventually.

 

What happens when you don’t wear PPE?

Without PPE, employees are at risk of:

Cuts and punctures. Chemical burns. Electric shocks. Exposure to excessive noise or vibration.

 

What is CSA approved safety shoes?

Basic safety criteria

Theoretically, a safety shoe is a shoe that meets at least one of the five criteria set by the Canadian Standards Association ( CSA ). You can find out what criteria a pair of safety shoes meets by consulting CSA ‘s alphanumerical code found inside one of the shoes.

 

Are cheap shoes bad for your feet?

Thin, flat soles on your cheapie-cheap shoes are obviously going to wear away quickly and leave you with holes. But there are health risks, too. Without sufficient cushioning, the base of your feet are unprotected and will fatigue the muscles quickly.

 

Why are steel toe boots bad?

Myth: Steeltoed boots are more dangerous than regular boots — if something falls on the boots, the steel can curl in and cut off your toes. (Remeber… this is what the believers of this myth are saying. When something heavy hits the boot toe it causes the steel toe cap in the boot to compress down cutting off the toes.   

 

Are composite shoes OSHA approved?

All ASTM/ANSI/OSHA approved composite toe boots are as safe as steel toe boots. They can be more reliable than their steel toe counterparts. On the contrary, many cheaper composite toes are not as safe as their steel or alloy toe counterparts.

How do I stop my feet from hurting in work boots?

To stop your work boots from killing your feet, buy quality boots that fit well, find ones with cushioned outsoles (unless you’re a logger or lineman), wear socks that keep your feet dry and comfortable, and add a pair of insoles to them. We recommend Tread Labs Ramble or Pace insoles for your work boots.

Is it bad to wear boots everyday?

Boots are winter favorites because they’re warm and feel supportive, but Dr. Ricefield says therein lies the problem. 

Dr. Ricefield says the shaft of most boots support the ankle so well that if they are worn day after day, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can weaken, so in regular shoes, your feet may be unstable.

 

How long should safety shoes last?

between six and twelve months

Generally, work safety toe shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not so much. The bottom line is that every pair of shoes will have to be replaced eventually.

 

Are safety boots PPE?

PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

 

When should you wear safety footwear on site?

If the work environment is particularly hot such as in a foundry or metal shop, safety shoes can protect the feet against burns and ongoing heat damage which can cause swelling and poor foot health due to excess sweating. Safety work boots can also help protect against burns caused by harmful chemicals.

Do shoes expire?

Unfortunately, there’s no clear expiration date for a shoe, whose life span depends on the quality of construction, how well you take care of it and where and how often you wear it. But there are some guidelines for determining when it’s time for your shoes to pass on. 

 

What is the difference between s1 and s3 safety boots?

As you can see, the biggest difference between S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear consists in the resistance to water sprays and the puncture resistant plate. The S1P and S3 are basically S1 and S2 safety footwear, with an additional puncture resistant plate.

 

Why are safety shoes important?

Protective, safety footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet. Steel toe boots and shoes protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them, and reduce the severity of injuries that may occur in the workplace. … The foot is the most valuable part of your body subjected to injury in industry.

Are steel toes dangerous?

Myth: Steel-toed boots are more dangerous than regular boots — if something falls on the boots, the steel can curl in and cut off your toes. … When something heavy hits the boot toe it causes the steel toe cap in the boot to compress down cutting off the toes.

Who would wear safety shoes?

5 Reasons Why Wearing Safety Boots at the Workplace is Crucial

  1. They protect the feet. This is probably one of the most obvious reasons why you should always wear your safety boots. …
  2. They offer support. …
  3. They offer protection against extreme weather changes. …
  4. It helps avoid lawsuits. …
  5. It can help you keep your work.

How many types of safety shoes are there?

5 different types of safety shoes for different work environment

  • Steel insole shoes. These shoes are another important type, designed to protect you from joint problems that might arise from driving heavy trucks, riding bikes or pushing pedals. …
  • Metal instep footwear. …
  • Metatarsal shoes. …
  • Electric hazard shoes.

Is it law to wear safety boots at work?

Health and safety law only requires safety footwear to be worn where there is a real risk of injury. It is not uncommon for employers to adopt a policy requiring the wearing of safety footwear at all times, when and where there is a risk that people would not change into and out of PPE footwear during the day.

What are safety boots?

A steel-toe boot (also known as a safety boot, steel-capped boot or safety shoe) is a durable boot or shoe that has a protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects or compression, usually combined with a mid sole plate to protect against punctures from below.

 

What is s1p footwear?

S1 / S1P Safety Footwear

S1P meets the same standard but has additional protection from upward penetration provided by a composite or steel midsole within the safety footwear.

 

What is s3 safety rating?

S3. S3 safety footwear encompasses all the same levels of protection as S2, plus midsole penetration resistance. S4. All the protection offered by S1 but with an entirely moulded polymer/rubber upper making them waterproof and leak-proof.

What is a European steel toe?

And last but not least, for safety, it has European steel toes, a puncture-resistant sole made from military-grade kevlar, and shock-absorbing cushioning in the midsole.

 

Does composite toe meet OSHA standards?

Composite toe boots also meet the ANSI safety requirements for shoes intended to provide the feet with added protection in comparison to boots without a safety toe. … If the boots can withstand the 75 pound weight, they are labeled as I/75. The minimum impact rating for safety toe boots is I/50.

Do military boots have steel toes?

That doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase combat boots that do possess steel or composite toes. … Soldiers may wear optional boots in lieu of the Army combat boot (tan), as authorized by the commander; however, they do not replace issue boots as a mandatory possession item.”

 

Why do work boots have heels?

Today the heels on men’s shoes protect the sole from wear. If you associate high heels with women’s stilettos, you might be surprised to hear that they were originally invented for men’s footwear. Men’s shoes traditionally had high heels to make it easier to ride on horseback.

Can a horse crush a steel toe boot?

The force require to crush or even dent the toe cap is such that if you where NOT wearing SCB at the time you can guarantee the permanent loss of your toes or foot. A heavy horse with shoes on is a serious toe crushing/lopping weapon, wear them, you will nver regret wearing them, may regret having not worn them

Can I wear steel toes on a plane?

Are steel toe boots allowed on a plane? Yes, they are allowed on a plane. In fact according to the TSA website not only are they allowed to wear, but you can also store them in either your checked or carry on luggage.

 

What is safety rating s1p?

minimum safety standards set out by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The current standard for Safety Footwear across Europe (EN) is EN ISO 20345:2011. This was updated in 2011 to make it stricter. Under this standard, all safety footwear must now have toe protection against a 200 joule impact. This is the amount of energy the toe region can absorb before breaking.

All new products must be manufactured and certified under EN ISO 20345:2011.

Any product certified under any previous version of the standard (2004; 2007) was required to be recertified.

 293 total views,  2 views today