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Safety Boots – Everything you need to know

Safety Boots – Everything you need to know

Health and safety is an important aspect in any workplace. Which is why it’s so important that you wear the correct safety boots. Understanding which boot to get and what each of the codes mean can be difficult. Which is why we have created this blog post to help you find the right safety boot.

 

There are many things to consider when choosing safety boots, while we all still want to look good when working, the colour and style take a backseat in the decision process!

safety boots and hat

 

Safety boots footwear abbreviations you need to know

 

Each safety aspect has its own code, and to make it easier for you we have decrypted the codes to help you work out which you need for your line of work. It is easy to understand as each boot will have a rating feature which then can have additional features added to it depending how high quality the boot is.

 

Rating features

A Antistatic footwear
C Cut resistance of upper
CI Cold insulation of sole complex
E Energy absorption of heel region
FO Resistance to fuel oil of outside
HI Heat insulation of sole complex
HRO Resistance to hot contact of outsole
M Metatarsal protection
P Penetration resistance
WR Water resistance
WRU Water resistance upper

 

Key Description

SB
SB-P P
S1 A + FO + E
S1-P A + FO + E + P
S2 A + FO + E + WRU
S3 A + FO + E + WRU + P
S4 A + FO + E + Waterproof
S5 A + FO + E + P + Waterproof

 

 

That’s all good and well, but what does this all mean?

 

SB (Safety Basic)

This is the most basic safety boot; these boots have a toe protection against 200-joule impact. Most boots have additional features added to them, and this will be shown with extra codes added.

 

S1

In addition to the 200 joule toe protection toe cap, it is resistant to fuel oil outside and it is also energy absorption in the heel area.

 

S2

S2 has all the features of S1 with the addition of water resistance upper. It also has the added feature of a SB with the 200 joule toe protection.

 

S3

S3 boots have the 200 joule toe cap with the added features of an S2 boot, however with the addition of penetration resistance. This can be either a stainless steel or aluminium insert in the sole or by keviar sole.

 

S4

This type of boot has the same properties as S1, yet with the addition of a fully waterproof boot.

 

S5

This is the best type of basic rating you can get; any other feature will be added onto this rating. It is the same as the S4 boot, with the addition of penetration resistance. This can be either a stainless steel or aluminium insert in the sole or by keviar sole.

Tips

Get the right protection

Make sure you know what protection you need, think about what your job entails. Whether you will be working in an environment with heat, water or the cold, make sure you guard yourself with the right level of protection.

For example, if you are working with oil or somewhere with high flammability, make sure you buy safety boots with antistatic/electrical resistance feature (“A” in the key feature description).

 

Be comfortable

Make sure they are comfortable; you will be wearing these boots for most of the day 5 days a week probably. So make sure you buy comfortable safety boots and we would advise to spend a little extra to ensure you have the best quality of comfort.

 

Never buy second hand boots

Never buy second hand safety boots. When buying safety boots make sure they are brand new. You don’t know what events have happened to second hand boots and they could have been previously damaged. Meaning that your safety could be in danger.

 

Now you know all the codes and best practices, it’s time to buy them. Click here to view our full range of S3 safety boots.

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