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EN ISO 20345:2011

Basic requirements – Safety footwear must have a 200J toecap. Other properties: (may not all apply to some designs of footwear). Amended 2007 to include slip resistance rating.
Symbol Characteristic
P Penetration resistance
C conductive
A antistatic
I electrically insulating
HI insulating against heat
CI insulating against cold
E energy absorbing seat region
WR whole footwear resistant to water penetration / absorption
M metatarsal protection
AN ankle protection
WRU water resistant upper only
CR cut resistant upper
HRO outsole resistant to hot contact Slip resistance rating – one of:
SRA on ceramic surface with “soap”
SRB on steel with glycerol
SRC both of the above

 

Classification I – (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all- polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
SB basic requirements for safety footwear met
S1 basic requirements plus closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
S2 as S1 plus water penetration and absorption
S3 as S2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Classification II – (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
SB basic requirements for safety footwear met
S4 basic requirements plus energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
S5 as S4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

EN ISO 20345:2011 – Personal safety equipment – Safety footwear

Basic requirements – Safety footwear must have a 200J toecap. Other properties: (may not all apply to some designs of footwear)
Symbol Characteristic
P Penetration resistance
C conductive
A antistatic
I electrically insulating
HI insulating against heat
CI insulating against cold
E energy absorbing seat region
WR whole footwear resistant to water penetration / absorption
M metatarsal protection
AN ankle protection
WRU water resistant upper only
CR cut resistant upper
HRO outsole resistant to hot contact Slip resistance rating – one of:
SRA on ceramic surface with “soap”
SRB on steel with glycerol
SRC both of the above

 

Classification I – (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all- polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
SB basic requirements for safety footwear met
S1 basic requirements plus closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
S2 as S1 plus water penetration and absorption
S3 as S2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Classification II – (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
SB basic requirements for safety footwear met
S4 basic requirements plus energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
S5 as S4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Safety hybrid footwear
Symbol Characteristic
SBH Class II (polymeric) footwear with another material that extends the upper

 

EN ISO 20346:2004 – Protective footwear
Corrected 2007, Amended 2007
Note: It is anticipated that EN ISO 20346 will be withdrawn for new products in the next few years. There is no demand for these items.

Basic requirements – Protective footwear must have a 100J toecap. Other properties: markings as for EN ISO 20345, except the reference to “hybrid footwearâ€‌.

Classification I – (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all- polymeric types)

Symbol Characteristic
PB basic requirements for protective footwear met
P1 basic requirements plus closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
P2 as P1 plus water penetration and absorption
P3 as P2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Classification II – (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
PB basic requirements for protective footwear met
P4 basic requirements plus energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
P5 as P4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

EN ISO 20347:2004 – Occupational footwear
Replaced by EN ISO 20347:2012

Basic requirements – Occupational footwear is not required to have a protective toecap. Other properties: markings as for EN ISO 20345 except:
Symbol Characteristic
M metatarsal protection is not on option

 

Classification I (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all- polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
OB basic requirements for occupational footwear met
O1 basic requirements plus oil resistant sole, closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
O2 as O1 plus water penetration and absorption
O3 as O2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Classification II (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
OB basic requirements for occupational footwear met
O4 basic requirements plus oil resistant sole, energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
O5 as O4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

EN ISO 20347:2012 – Personal protective equipment – Occupational footwear

Basic requirements – Occupational footwear is not required to have a protective toecap. Other properties: markings as for EN ISO 20345 except:
Symbol Characteristic
M metatarsal protection is not on option

 

Classification I (made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all- polymeric types)
Symbol Characteristic
OB basic requirements for occupational footwear met
O1 basic requirements plus oil resistant sole, closed and energy absorbing seat region, and antistatic
O2 as O1 plus water penetration and absorption
O3 as O2 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole

 

Classification II (all-rubber or all-polymeric types)


Occupational hybrid footwear

Symbol Characteristic
OB basic requirements for occupational footwear met
O4 basic requirements plus oil resistant sole, energy absorbing seat region, antistatic
O5 as O4 plus penetration resistance and cleated sole
OBH Class II (polymeric) footwear with another material that extends the upper