Protective Footwear Standards
Provided by Rock Fall UK Limited
The personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, require that Safety Footwear be
worn in hazardous areas.
Foot related hazards can come from a variety of situations. Typical hazards include impact from a
falling object onto the toe, penetration from a sharp object through the sole, slipping and falling,
electrical resistance, heat, cold, water and chemicals.
PPE Surveys and Product Training
In order to select the correct PPE for the job, a process of Risk Assessment, Job Survey and
Product Training will be required. Feel free to call on our customer service team’s extensive
product knowledge and industry experience to help you in your assessments.
The PPE regulations classify products and hazards into three Risk categories. Safety footwear is
classified into Intermediate (category II). Foundry Safety Footwear is classified at High Risk
Safety Footwear has several standards according to the use to which it is used.
EN ISO 20345:2004
The minimum standard that all safety footwear sold into the UK must comply with.
Impact 200 joules,
Compression 15000 Newtons
Categories within EN ISO 20345;
SB - Basic requirements, toecap 200 joules
S1 - Basic requirements plus - Closed back, Anti-static, Energy absorbing heel
S2 - S1 requirements plus - Water resistance
S3 - S2 requirements plus - Penetration resistance (steel mid-sole), Cleated soles
As well as the requirement above the safety footwear may also have one of the following
additional features which are indicated with the relevant letter after the category. Where there is
an ‘X’ it indicates that this feature is standard within the appropriate category. Where there is a ‘O’
it indicates that this may be featured within the category however it will have be identified after the
Standards Chart and additional options available
EN ISO 20345 SB S1 S2 S3
A Anti-static properties O X X X
E Energy absorption of heel area O X X X
WRU Water resistance O O X X
P Penetration resistance O O O X
CI Insulation from cold O O O O
HI Insulation from heat O O O O
C Conductive O O O O
HRO Heat resistant O O O O
An example is,
SB = Safety Basic - SB-P = Safety basic with a mid-plate
S1 = Safety basic with Closed back, Anti-static, Energy absorbing heel S1-P = Safety basic with
Closed back, Anti-static, Energy absorbing heel and a protective mid-plate.
SB-P and S1-P are the most common safety footwear standards in the UK; S3 is also fast
becoming one of the leaders which people class as the premier of safety boots.
It is the law that all safety footwear features their full specification on the boot or shoe most
commonly under the tongue.
Sizing Comparison Chart
Below is a sizing comparison chart to assist in converting UK sizes to the European equivalent
UK 1 2 3 3½ 4 4½ 5 5½ 6 6½ 7 7½ 8 8½ 9 9½ 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13 14
European 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
If you are currently purchasing Rock Fall UK Branded products or are purchasing your own
branded products through Rock Fall UK Sourcing you can be sure that all legislation is abided by
and you are fully consulted regarding the specification.
Hopefully the above information will assist you; however our sales team and customer service
team are always on hand to answer your questions.
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