What are the safety boot ratings?

What do the safety codes mean?

On all of our boot listings, you will see a section for safety rating followed by some letters and numbers that probably don’t mean much to you. However these are the most important thing to be looked at when selecting your boots to ensure you are well protected.

Boot ratings can be broken down into 3 categories, basic requirementadditional features & slip resistance ratings.

Basic requirements

SBImpact & compression resistant toe cap to 200J (The materials of these toe caps can vary but all provide resistance to at least 200 joules of force) & oil resistant outer sole – the minimum requirement for all boots
SBPThe Same as SB + midsole for underfoot penetration resistance
S1The same as SB + anti-static properties and enclosed energy absorbing heel
S1PThe same as S1 plus midsole for underfoot penetration resistance
S2The same as S1 + water resistance
S3The same as S2 + midsole for underfoot penetration resistance
S4The same as S1 + fully waterproof
S5The same as S4 + midsole for penetration resistance

So essentially, SB is your minimum grade of safety, and after this you will need to pick boots with the features you require from antistatic properties to being waterproof.

Additional Features

SBHClass II waterproof polymer & leather upper
HROResistance to high 300 degree heat for 60 seconds
EHeel energy absorption to 20J
PPenetration resistant to 1100 newtons
CIInsulation against cold (tested for 30 minutes at -20 degrees)
HIInsulation against heat (tested for 30 minutes at 150 degrees)
WRUWater resistant upper (not used on all water resistant footwear)
CRCut resistant
ANAnkle protection
ESDESD footwear is designed for the electronics and explosives industry and has to meet ESD CEI
EN61340-5-1 standard
FOResistance to oil

Whilst these features aren’t seen as often, certain boot manufacturers will produce more specialist boots and these additional features could be vital to your job.

Slip Resistance

SRATested on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution
SRBTested on smooth steel contaminated with glycerol
SRCPassed both SRA & SRB tests

Another feature that could be important to your job, boots that have passed specific slip resistance testing will display one of these 3 codes.

Now hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of the fundamentals of what makes your boots safe. The rest comes down to preference! Varying materials can affect the look and feel of your boots, from tough high grade leather to breathable mesh linings.

Traditional steel toe caps to lightweight PVC midsoles. There are hundreds of options and styles to suit your taste, however, the correct safety requirements should always be met before picking your perfect pair of new shoes!

And there you have it, you now know all you need to know to correctly pick the right pair of boots for you! And if you don’t our team of experts are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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