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Safety Work boots

PPE safety Boots


When it comes to keeping yourself and your employees safe, it’s easy to forget the importance of protecting the feet. However, workwear safety shoes can help offer protection against a variety of risks and life-threatening injuries.


Some of the risks that safety shoes offer protection against include:


  • Falling heavy objects

  • Slips and falls

  • Extreme heat or cold

  • Punctures and piercing by sharps

  • Poor posture

  • Muscle strain

  • Impact absorption




Although you may not be required to ensure your employees wear workwear safety shoes by law, it’s often helpful to carry out internal risk assessments and set your own standard.


Many companies ask employees to wear safety footwear throughout their working day to keep risk of injury to a minimum. This also avoids employees having to take time to change their footwear multiple times depending on where they are working, and the tasks being carried out.


To help you identify the most useful product for your needs, look for the following symbols displayed on workwear safety shoes:


  • FO - Resistance to oil and petrol

  • A - Anti-static

  • HI - Heat insulation

  • CI - Cold insulation

  • E - Energy absorption around the heel

  • HI - Heat insulation

  • CI - Cold insulation

  • WR - Whole shoes waterproof

  • WRU - Water resistance of upper

  • HRO - Heat resistance of upper

  • M - Metatarsal Protection


Key features to look out for when choosing workwear safety shoes include:


  • Slip resistant soles - there are several codes (SRA, SRB and SRC) that help to indicate footwear that has met specific requirements when tested in different conditions.


  • Durable materials


  • Breathable or Insulating materials - this will depend on the type of conditions (indoor, outdoor, time of year) when the safety shoes will be worn.


  • Metallic or Nonmetallic protective materials over the toes - safety footwear standards require all safety footwear to protect the toes against a 200-joule impact.

  • Comfort - it’s often worth considering insoles or orthotic inserts for employees who are standing for long periods of time to avoid injuries caused by poor posture or gait. 


Key Sectors

Key sectors where workwear safety shoes are of maximum importance include:


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