How to choose safety shoes

Choose the right safety shoes

The safety shoes are light and comfortable.

When deciding on your safety footwear, there are a number of criteria that must be taken into account: it is not just about safety such as the choice of protection level (S1, S2, S3, etc.), but also about aesthetics and comfort standards.

Of course, if you work in Europe you need to make sure that the shoes you choose bear the CE mark, you also need to check that they meet the safety standards related to the risks associated with your business activities. For safety shoes, the EN ISO standard defines 20345: 2011 different standards depending on the protection you need. Be careful not to confuse the safety shoes, protective shoes and work shoes.

When deciding on your safety shoes, you need to consider the differences in terms of the toe cap.

Safety boots EN ISO 345: impact-resistant toe cap of 200 joules.

Protective shoes EN ISO 346: 100 joules impact-resistant toe cap.

Work shoes according to EN ISO 347: without protective toe cap.

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Why wear the safety shoes?

Foot injuries account for nearly 10% of injuries caused by work accidents and the employer must provide, maintain and replace safety shoes. Employees should wear these shoes when working or entering high-risk areas; if the employer does not provide suitable safety shoes to every employee, the labor inspectorate has the right to sanction the employer.

The safety shoes are mainly used to protect the feet of users, but ESD shoes can also protect electronic components from electrostatic discharge.

Check the labor laws in your country. As a rule, the law dictates that safety shoes must be worn in high-risk environments.