In which situations do you use safety shoes?
Safety shoes are designed for all work situations where there is a risk of injuries. Each work environment poses its own kind of risks. Generally speaking, the toes and foot sole are the most vulnerable parts. The risks vary and include spraining, getting caught or perforation. Safety shoes offer protection against many risks and are available in many safety categories.
Which standard should I choose?
X = applied O = optional
|protection class||SB||S1||S1P||S2||S3||S4 (laars)||S5 (laars)|
|Impenetrable middle sole||o||x||o|
Provides protection to the toes, for instance against falling objects.
This protects the heel against all kinds of impact, like moving materials or vehicles. In addition, it keeps the heel from getting stuck.
Unlike regular shoes, shoes with anti-static qualities generate almost no additional static electricity. When you come into contact with electronic components, these components risk getting damaged, due to the static electricity that is normally discharged via the shoes, which you can prevent by wearing shoes with anti-static qualities.
This quality prevents (dangerous) liquids from getting into the shoe. The shoe is designed in such a way that rainwater and hazardous liquids that land on the shoe cannot get inside by flow down from the shoe. Both the design of the shoe and the materials being used play an important role in this.
A heel with this quality does not pass impact (for instance during walking) through to the foot completely, but absorbs it, making the shoe more comfortable for the wearer.
Using a profiled sole increases your grip on the surface, comparable to the design of car tires: smooth tires with no profile find it harder to remove moisture, generating the risk of slipping. Using a profiled sole has a similar effect, which increases the grip and reduces the risk of slipping.
Impenetrable middle soleAn impenetrable middle sole prevents sharp objects from penetrating the sold. It can be a thin metal plate, while more modern solutions use materials like Kevlar, making it possible to safe on weight and maintaining a greater degree of flexibility.
Unnecessarily protected = unnecessarily tired!
Our brandsThere are various brands of safety shoes. We carry the most well-known ones and can supply them quickly, like Atlas, Bata, Elten, Emma, Grisport, Redbrick, Peak and Sixton. Each sector has its own protection requirements, and it makes a difference whether you need shoes in construction or, for instance, in logistics. Contact us for the right advice with regard to the kind of work that you do!
Choose the right soleThe sole is an important element of any shoe. Grip and resistance to slipping are important issues. The surface of the profile and the profile depth, as well as the material from which the sole is made, play a role. And again, it is good to take into account what kind of work you will be doing. In practice, there is a wide range of different soles available.
The requirements regarding slip resistance are included in the EN-ISO-20345 standard. It is expressed in SRA, SRB or SRC (with the letters SR meaning Slip Resistance). The grip is tested under different circumstances.
- In the case of SRA, a certain type of cleaning product on a ceramic underground is used to test the sole at heel, and then to test the entire sole under identical circumstances.
- In the case of SRB, the test is carried out in the same way, only this time with an oily substance on a metal surface.
- Shoes that meet the requirements of both SRA and SRB are called SRC shoes.
M Instep protection
HI Heat-insulating sole
CI Cold-insulating sole
WR Resistant to water
AN Ankle protection
CR Cutting resistance upper shoe
HRA Contact resistance sole against 300 degrees heat / 60s
Is the shoe comfortable?Shoes have to fit well. It is very annoying having to walk day in day out in uncomfortable shoes. So when in doubt, make sure to try the shoes on first, keeping in mind the kind of work you do.
Size is an important aspect when it comes to choosing comfortable shoes. Shoes that are too tight are unhealthy, as well as very uncomfortable. In shoes that are too large, your feet will slip, causing blisters and sweaty feet. In addition, choose the right width (depending on the make, there are various options).
Insoles provide a good weight distribution, preventing blisters and unnecessary wear of the shoes. Check if the safety shoe is still standardized with insole!
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