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Safety footwear

PPE Footwear

Safety footwear can help protect feet against multiple risks and hazards while working. They can also prevent slips and falls which can lead to more serious problems such as broken bones and head injuries. 

Anyone who works with heavy machinery, hazardous environments or chemicals should wear suitable safety shoes. Safety footwear is designed to provide protection from multiple risks. 

They are equipped with slip-resistant soles, materials that protect the feet from falling objects and metallic or non-metallic protective materials, for constant protection of the toes. 

Health and safety law only requires safety footwear to be worn where there is a real risk of injury. It’s not uncommon among our clients and most employers to adopt a policy that requires the worker to wear safety footwear at all times. This then covers the workers at all times and saves them having to constantly change in and out of footwear. It will also protect them when the risk is low. 

We provide various sizes, both smaller and larger sizes, and also have the ability to create specialised footwear. 

A steel toecap is a metal insert at the front toe region of the safety boot. These toecaps are designed to protect against 200 joules of pressure, most used to stop injuries from falling objects. 

As a supplier, we have a key role in ensuring that suitable products are available and that procurers have the information to enable them to make the right choices. Therefore, DCC account managers will work closely with clients in order to choose the correct safety footwear for the workers.  

slip rated

The codes indicate that the footwear has met the specified requirements when tested as follows: 

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

  • SRB – tested on smooth steel with glycerol 

  • SRC – tested under both the above conditions 


Safety footwear standards

The safety footwear standards in the UK are the same as the footwear standards across Europe: EN ISO 20345:2011. Under this standard, all safety footwear (be that work boots, wellingtons, safety shoes, safety trainers etc) must protect the toes against a 200-joule impact. 

  • 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 include resistance to water penetration and absorption. 

  • S3 - You will find the same safety elements as contained in S2, plus a penetration resistant midsole and cleated outsole.

Other symbols

P - Penetraion 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 

  • Over heating  

  • Cold 

  • Water (rain, ice, snow) 

  • Sharps: punctures and pierces 

  • Impact absorption 


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Safety Boots

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Safety Shoes



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