Safety shoes allow you to work safely without having to sacrifice comfort. Today, most work environments place particular importance on safety. For this reason, companies are increasingly obliged to comply with standards and norms for the use of safety footwear!
How to choose the right safety shoes?
When choosing safety footwear, you should consider not only those criteria related to personal safety and protection, such as the level of protection and additional protection, but also other criteria such as the aesthetics and comfort of the wearer. For example, the materials used in safety footwear and the shape of the shoe. If you are working in Europe, you should ensure that the shoes you choose have the CE mark. You should also make sure that the safety footwear meets the relevant safety and protection standards for your work scenario. The European standard EN ISO 20345:2011 for safety footwear defines the criteria for different levels of protection for safety footwear according to the need for protection. Please note that it is important not to confuse the concepts of safety footwear, protective footwear and work footwear. When choosing safety footwear you should consider the different differences in toe protection, the different types of toe protection are listed below.
European Standard EN ISO345 Safety footwear: 200 Joule impact resistant toe.
European Standard EN ISO346 Protective footwear: 100 Joule impact resistant toe
European Standard EN ISO347 Work shoes: without toe.
Why wear protective safety footwear?
7% of accidental workplace injuries are foot injuries. Safety footwear must be provided, maintained and regularly replaced by the employer. Employees must wear safety shoes when entering or working in high-risk locations. The labour inspectorate has the power to penalise employers if they fail to provide each employee with suitable safety footwear.
Safety shoes are primarily designed to protect the user’s toes from injury. ESD safety shoes (electronic grade anti-static shoes) also protect electronic components from electrostatic discharge.
Please check the labour legislation in your country. Generally speaking, safety shoes are required by law to be worn in high-risk work environments.