Standards Information

How safe are your safety boots?

An impartial and factual guide to how Safety Footwear is classified in Europe.

Testing your Toecap

The impact protection (falling objects) provided is 200 Joules and the compression protection (crushing) provided is 15,000 Newtons (1530 kgs).

SB

What is SB?

Any product that is classified as SB only has a protective toecap.

What is it suitable for?

SB styles should only be specified in areas where there is no risk of damage to under foot. It is commonly sold in retail outlets.

S1P

What is S1P?

Any product that is anti-static and made with a protective toecap and midsole only.

What is it suitable for?

S1P styles should only be specified for indoor environments where they will not be exposed to rainwater or outdoor elements.

S3

What is S3?

Any product that is anti-static, made with a protective toecap and midsole and includes a water repellent upper.

What is it suitable for?

S3 styles are the most commonly specified standard for industry. They usually have additional features that are classified separately.

S4

What is S4?

Any product that is a polymer or rubber moulded construction making them water and leak proof. i.e. Wellingtons. Includes protective toe cap.

What is it suitable for?

S4 styles are used in areas where there is a constant presence of water or liquids, where toe protection is required.

S5

What is S5?

Any product that is a polymer or rubber moulded construction making them water and leak proof. i.e. Wellingtons. Includes protective toe cap and midsole protection.

What is it suitable for?

S5 styles are used in areas where there is a constant presence of water or liquids, where toe and penetration protection is required.

Slip Resistance

SRA

What is SRA?

A product which has been tested on a flat smooth ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution.

What is it suitable for?

Footwear that has passed SRA is generally suitable for in indoor environments. The test on a wet slippery smooth surface somewhat replicates a warehouse environment.

SRB

What is SRB?

Any product that has been tested on a rough steel decking plate wetted with a glycerine (90% solution).

What is it suitable for?

Footwear that has passed SRB shows that the composition of the sole and design of the tread pattern is such that it would limit slip on uneven surfaces that are wet or contaminated.  

SRC

What is SRC?

Any product that has been tested under both the above conditions.

What is it suitable for?

SRC rated footwear has passed both the smooth ceramic tile and rough steel decking plate test (SRA and SRB). Most safety footwear is tested to SRC.

Additional Classifications

WR

What is WR?

Any product that has been tested to be fully waterproof using a flex test.

What is it suitable for?

A boot classified at WR is fully waterproof and normally includes a breathable waterproof membrane, and can be worn in extreme wet weather conditions and not leak through.

CI

What is CI?

Any product which upper has been tested for cold insulation. Standard level is -17°C. Can be certified to -40°C.

What is it suitable for?

Footwear that have been tested and passed the CI standard offer enhanced protection in extreme, cold environments.

CR

What is CR?

The cut resistant standard which measures resistance to lacerations from sharp objects.

What is it suitable for?

Footwear suitable for high risk occupations such as fire and rescue and glass processing.

HI

What is HI?

Any product which upper has been tested for heat insulation resistance against a minimum of 150°C.

What is it suitable for?

Footwear that have been tested and passed the HI standard can be used when heat insulation is required to help keep the user cool, and is not recommended for very hot surfaces where HRO is more appropriate. 

HRO

What is HRO?

Any product which outsole has been tested for heat resistance against 300°C on contact.

What is it suitable for?

Styles that have been tested and passed the HRO standard can be used in close proximity to hot surfaces such as freshly laid road surfaces.

M

What is M?

Any product that offers additional metatarsal protection that surpasses the specified blunt trauma test for the M standard, which includes the bar impactor and wedge impactor test.

What is it suitable for?

Commonly found in police public order, heavy industrial workplaces, or logistics where heavy objects are hand carried and there is a risk of injury to the metatarsal area of the foot, such as moving heavy gas and chemical bottles. 

Specialist Classifications

EN ISO 20349:2010 | Certified Protection Against Thermal Risks and Molten Metal Splashes

What is Wg/Fe/Ai?

Any product that has passed the appropriate test using molten metal splashes is certified with the Wg/Fe/Ai standard.

Wg = Small Molten Metal Splashes i.e. welding sparks (Welding Boots) 
Ai = Aluminium Splash (Foundry boots) up to 780°(+/-50°) 
Fe = Iron Splash (Foundry boots) up to 1400° (+/-50°)

What is it suitable for?

Boots specified Wg can be used in the welding and fabricating industries, Foundry boots with Ai and Fe certification can be used in hot metal foundry environments.

EN ISO 15090:2012
Footwear for firefighters

What are the different classifications?

Goliath Footwear produces Type 2 Boots for Firefighters.  These has been tested to EN 20345 plus additional tests for insulation against heat, flame resistance (leather upper AND outsole), penetration resistance, resistance to fuel oil, contact heat resistance and tested for it’s antistatic properties.

What is it suitable for?

Type 2 Suitable for fire rescue, fire suppression, and property conservation in buildings,enclosed structures, vehicles, vessels, or like properties that are involved in a fire or emergency situation.

Translate »