Safety Footwear Total Quality Assurance Solutions
Safety footwear, also referred to as safety shoes, is critical in protecting workers from a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, logistics, skilled trades like welders, carpenters, electricians, contractors, and firefighters.
Intertek offers safety footwear testing and inspection as described in the European Personal Protective Equipment Regulation (EU) 2016/425. Moreover, we can support your products to market in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China.
What is safety footwear?
Safety footwear is designed with a reinforced toe cap to prevent foot injuries at workplaces, particularly in construction and manufacturing, as well as a variety of other industries. It protects wearers against slippery surface, heavy falling or rolling objects, sharp piercing edges, hot objects, toxic chemicals, or even bad weather etc. Safety shoes are traditionally steel toed, but it can also be made of composite materials such as thermoplastics and aluminum.
There are numerous global standards in use which specify the mandatory performance requirements for safety footwear. The applicable standards vary by market, and in some cases by the end use of the product. Below detail the required tests for general safety shoe by market.
Regulatory compliance requirements in different markets
Methods and Standards
EN ISO 20344:2011
Test Method for Footwear (Learn more)
EN ISO 20345:2011
Safety Footwear (Learn more)
EN ISO 20346:2014
EN ISO 20347:2012
Thermal Risks & Welding
EN ISO 20349-1:2017
Personal protective equipment – Footwear protecting against risks in foundries and welding – Part 1: Requirements and test methods for protection against risks in foundries
EN ISO 20349-2:2017
Personal protective equipment. Footwear protecting against risks in foundries and welding. Requirements and test methods for protection against risks in welding and allied processes
Footwear for Firefighters
Electrostatics-Part 4-3: Standard test methods for specific applications - Footwear
Live working – Footwear for electrical protection – Insulating footwear and overboots
Footwear Protecting Against Chemicals Part 2: requirements for limited contact with chemicals
Protective Footwear for Motorcycle Riders
ASTM F 2412-18a
Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear (Learn more)
Soft Toe Footwear
NFPA 1971 -2018
Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting
NFPA 1977:2016 AMD1-2016
Wildland Fire Fighting
Australia/ New Zealand
Safety, Protective, Occupational Footwear
AS/NZS 4821:2014 Amd1:2015
Footwear for Firefighters
JIS T 8101:2020
JIS T 8103:2010
Intertek has unmatched experience testing and certifying safety footwear. Contact us to find out how we can help you market safety footwear in global markets.