EN ISO 20345:2011: a Guide to Safety Footwear Standards

EN ISO 20345:2011

EN ISO 20345:2011: a Guide to Safety Footwear Standards

When buying protective boots and shoes for you and your team, the most important thing you need to do is making sure they comply with EN ISO 20345:2011, the European Safety Standards set out by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In fact, as we also discussed for workwear fabrics, safety footwear is not all the same and it is extremely important to choose the most adequate type for the task you have to perform to avoid risks.

But how can you be sure about safety codes and abbreviations? Even though it seems complicated, understanding how they work and what they mean is quite easy. Keep reading and we will explain to you all you need to know.

EN 345 EN ISO 20345:2011

The full name is EN ISO 20345:2011 Personal Protective Equipment – Safety Footwear and it sets the minimum requirements for safety boots and shoes. After its last revision in 2011, all safety footwear must have toe protection, a standard of 200-joules impact-resistance and must pass a 15KN compression test.

Safety Ratings

EN ISO 20345:2011 is usually followed by a two or three letter code specifying the basic features of a particular product. Here’s a list of all codes:

EN ISO 20345:2011

Slip Resistance Ratings

Non-slip shoes and boots have separate standards they must meet:

EN ISO 20345:2011

Additional Ratings

Additional properties are specified by a series of abbreviation following the codes we have seen so far. Here you can find a full list:

EN ISO 20345:2011

Once you select the appropriate footwear for your employees, remember that you must maintain compliance with the EN ISO 20345:2011 regulation. This means that you must look after your safety shoes and boots by examining them before and after use to make sure that everything keeps working properly.

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