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Safety footwear

PPE Footwear

Anyone who works with machinery, in precarious environments or with chemicals should wear safety shoes. They’re designed to prevent injury with slip-resistant soles and toe protection.

Whenever there’s a risk of injury, it should be provided according to Health and safety law. But somewhere like a building site, there’s rarely a moment where there’s no potential for it. Thus, many employers encourage workers to wear it all times, regardless of the level of danger perceived.


At Direct Corporate Clothing, we make sure that you’ve all the information needed to make the right choice about footwear for your workers.  

slip rated

There are three codes that indicate the footwear has met the specified requirements when tested:


  • SRA – tested on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution 

  • SRB – tested on smooth steel with glycerol 

  • SRC – tested under both of the above


Safety footwear standards

EN ISO 20345:2011 is the safety footwear standard in the UK and across Europe.

  • SB - Safety Basic - The basic standard for safety footwear and must have toe protection that can withstand a 200-Joule impact

  • S1 - Anti-static, resistant to fuel oil and energy absorption

  • S2 - All the features of S1 footwear, but also has resistance to water penetration and absorption

  • S3 – All the features of S2 footwear, plus a penetration resistant midsole and cleated outsole

Other symbols

P - Penetration resistance

A - Anti-static

E - Energy absorption around the heel

HI - Heat insulation

CI - Cold insulation

WRU - Water resistance of upper

HRO - Heat resistance of upper

WR - Whole shoes waterproof

M - Metatarsal Protection

FO - Resistance to oil and petrol


What does safety Footwear protect from?

  • Falling objects 

  • Cuts 

  • Slips and falls 

  • Muscle strain, bad posture and broken bones 

  • Electric shocks/static 

  • Burns 

  • Overheating  

  • Cold 

  • Water (rain, ice, snow) 

  • Sharps: punctures and pierces


uvex 1 ladies S2 SRC shoe.jpg

Safety Boots

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Safety Shoes



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