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 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.
|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|
|WRU||Water resistance upper|
|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.
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 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 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.
This type of boot has the same properties as S1, yet with the addition of a fully waterproof boot.
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.
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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).
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.