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Footwear Protection

Improve the safety and performance at your workplace with our foot protection. We stock economy-grade boots, chemical-resistant boots and leather working boots. We also provide toe guards and overshoes. For added comfort, we offer insoles.

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All ASTM F1117 Dielectric Footwear:

  • All conform with ASTM F1117 "Standard Specification for Dielectric Overshoe Footwear" and are 100% tested to ASTM F1116 @ 20kV.
  • 100% tested as required by standard
  • Premium grade ozone resistant rubber
  • Flexible hand-layered construction-100% waterproof
  • 21405, 21406, 51508, 51509 Nonskid Bar Tread outsole
  • 51511, 51512 Bob-Sole
  • Designed to provide utility workers and contractors additional protection from electrical hazards.
  • Made in U.S.A.

All ASTM F2413-05 EH Footwear:

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Outsole lot tested as required by standard
  • 21402, 51530, 51581, 31924, 51824 tested to 20,000 kV
  • 31910, 51510 tested to 14,000 kV
  • Premium grade ozone resistant rubber.

Protective Footwear Requirements

Many people are on their feet all day at work, that's why it is important to keep them protected. Specific protective footwear is required for certain jobs to reduce the risk of injury. Check out PE Facts to learn more about the standards for protective footwear!

Referenced in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 29 is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) guidelines for Occupational Foot Protection (1910.136). This regulation references the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard for Personal Protection - Protective Footwear (ANSI Z41) for its performance criteria.

ANSI Z41 was replaced by two new American Society of Testing Material (ASTM) International Standards on March 1, 2005. The new ASTM standards are F2412-05 Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and F2413-05 Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection.

This document gives a general overview of the OSHA standard, the ANSI performance criteria and the ASTM performance requirements.

Occupational Foot Protection

1910.136(a) states, "Each affected employee shall wear protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where such employee's feet are exposed to electrical hazards." Appendix B to subpart I names the following occupations for which foot protection should be regularly worn: stock clerks, shipping and receiving clerks, carpenters, machinists, mechanics and repairers, electricians, plumbers, assemblers, packers, wrappers, drywall installers and lathers, craters, punch and stamping press operators, welders, sawyers, laborers, gardeners and grounds keepers, timber cutting and logging workers, freight handlers, stock handlers and warehouse laborers.

Requirements of ANSI Z41

The ANSI Z41 standard describes the methods for testing and measuring the performance of protective footwear. As of its last revision, ANSI Z41-1999 states that it is necessary for all manufacturers and suppliers of protective footwear to have independent laboratory results confirming that they meet the standard. All protective footwear that qualifies as meeting ANSI Z41 must first comply with the requirements of Section 1 "General Requirements for All Types of Footwear--Impact and Compression Resistance". After meeting the general requirements, other sections such as electrical hazard protection, conductive protection and protection against punctures and penetration can be met.

As long as protective footwear meets the requirements for toe protection in Section1, it only needs to meet certain elements of the ANSI standard rather than meeting all of the requirements. If a work boot meets the ANSI standard requirements concerning impact and compression, it does not need to protect against metatarsal, electrical or penetration hazards. All footwear that meets ANSI requirements will be marked with the specific part of the standard with which it complies.

The ANSI standard includes a coding system that helps manufacturers recognize the part of the standard that the footwear meets. The identification code must be clearly legible (printed, stamped, stitched, etc.) on one shoe of each pair of protective footwear. For example:

ANSI Z41 PT 99
F I/75 C/75
Mt/75 EH
PR

Line #1: ANSI Z41 PT 99:

The first line identifies the ANSI standard. The letters PT signify the protective toe part of the standard. This is followed by the last two digits of the year of the standard that the footwear meets (1999).

Line #2: F I/75 C/75:

The second line indicates the gender [M (Male) or F (Female)] for which the footwear is intended. It also shows the impact resistance (I), the impact resistance rating (75, 50 or 30 foot-pounds), the compression resistance (C) and the compression resistance rating (75, 50 or 30 which correlate to 2500 pounds, 1750 pounds, and 1000 pounds of compression respectively).

Lines 3 & 4: Mt Cd EH PR & SD:

The third and forth lines refer to any additional sections in the standard that are met. They are used to identify metatarsal (Mt) resistance and rating, conductive (Cd) properties, electrical hazard (EH), puncture resistance (PR) and static dissipative (SD) properties, if applicable. The forth line is only used if more than three sections of ANSI Z41 apply.

Metatarsal footwear is made to help avoid or reduce the severity of injury to the metatarsal and toe areas. The existence of metatarsal resistance (Mt) and the rating (75, 50 or 30 foot-pounds) are identified.

Conductive (Cd) footwear is meant to protect the wearer in a situation where the buildup of static electricity on the body is dangerous. It is designed to drive static electricity away from the body into the ground. The range of electrical resistance must be between zero and 500,000 ohms.

Electrical hazard (EH) footwear is produced with non-conductive electrical shock resistant soles and heals. Its purpose is to provide additional protection against accidental contact with live electrical circuits, electrically energized conductors, parts or apparatus. Under dry conditions, it must be able to endure the application of 14,000 volts at 60 hertz for one minute with no current flow or leakage current in excess of 3.0 milli-amperes.

The point of having protective footwear with puncture resistant (PR) soles is to reduce the chance of being injured due to sharp objects penetrating the bottom of the footwear. The puncture resistant device must be an integral part of the footwear and must be constructed into the shoe when it is first manufactured. The footwear must be able to resist a minimum force of 270 pounds. Any metal devices must pass a corrosion resistance test. After being exposed to a five percent salt solution for 24-hours, it cannot show any sign of corrosion. The puncture resistant footwear cannot show any signs of cracking after being subjected to 1.5 million flexes.

Static dissipative (SD) footwear was created to reduce the accumulation of excess static electricity by conducting a body charge to ground it while keeping an adequately high level of resistance. There are two static dissipative classifications – Type I and Type II. Both types have a lower resistance limit of 10 6 ohms. Type I footwear can have an electrical resistance of no more than 10 8 ohms, which is usually considered sufficient for semi-conductor applications. Type II footwear can have an electrical resistance of no more than 10 9 ohms and has applications in work environments less demanding than Type I.

ASTM F2413-05 Requirements

The ASTM F2413-05 standard addresses the minimum requirements for the manufacturing, performance, testing and classifying of protective footwear. For footwear to be certified as complying with the ASTM F2413-05 standard, it must first meet the requirements of Section 5.1 "Impact Resistant Footwear" and Section 5.2 "Compression Resistant Footwear". After these requirements are met, other sections such as metatarsal protection, electric shock protection, conductive protection, static dissipative protection and protection against punctures can be met.

Protective footwear can meet all of the ASTM standard requirements or just a few designated sections of it, but it must first meet the requirements for impact and compression resistance. All footwear that meets ANSI requirements must be marked with the specific part of the standard that it meets. One shoe of each pair must have the clearly legible code (stitched in, stamped on, pressure sensitive label, etc.) on either the surface of the tongue, shaft, gusset or quarter lining. For example:

ASTM F2413-05
M I/75/C/75/Mt75
PR
CS

Line #1: ASTM F2413-05:

The first line indicates the ASTM standard – it shows that the protective footwear meets the performance requirements of ASTM F2413 issued in 2005.

Line #2: M I/75 C/75 Mt75:

The second line indicates the intended gender [M (Male) or F (Female)] of the user. It also identifies the existence of impact resistance (I), the impact resistance rating (75 or 50 foot-pounds), compression resistance (C) and the compression resistance rating (75 or 50 which correlate to 2500 pounds and 1750 pounds of compression respectively). The metatarsal designation (Mt) and rating (75 or 50 foot-pounds) are also identified.

Lines 3 & 4: PR CS

The third and forth lines are used to classify footwear that meet other specific types requirements referenced in the standard. They are used to indicate conductive (Cd) properties, footwear designed to reduce the accumulation of excess static electricity (SD), electrical insulation properties (EH), puncture resistance (PR), chain saw cut resistance (CS) and dielectric insulation (DI), if applicable. The forth line is only used when more than three sections of the ASTM standard are met.

Conductive (Cd) footwear is meant to protect the wearer against hazards that may result from excess buildup of static electricity and to decrease the chance of igniting explosives or volatile chemicals. The footwear must assist electrical conductivity and transfer the excess static electricity from the body to the ground. The electrical resistance must range from zero to 500,000 ohms.

Electrical shock resistant (EH) footwear is made with non-conductive electrical shock resistant soles and heals. The out sole is designed to provide the wearer with additional electric shock resistance protection against the dangers of accidental contact with live electrical circuits, electrically energized conductors, parts or apparatus. Under dry conditions, it must be able to withstand 14,000 volts at 60 hertz for one minute with no current flow or leakage current in excess of 3.0 milli-amperes.

Static dissipative (SD) footwear is intended to protect against hazards that can affect anyone with footwear that has excessively low resistance, as well as keep an adequately high level of resistance to lessen the risk of electrical shock. The footwear must have an electrical resistance with a lower limit of 10 6 ohms and an upper limit of 10 8 ohms.

Puncture resistant (PR) footwear is made with a puncture resistant plate situated between the insole and out sole. It is a vitally permanent part of the footwear. Any apparatus that is made of metal must pass an ASTM B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog Apparatus) corrosion resistance test. After being exposed to a five percent salt solution for 24 hours, the device must show no signs of corrosion. It must also have a minimum puncture resistance of 270 pounds and show no signs of cracking after 1.5 million flexes.

Chain saw cut resistant (CS) footwear is meant to offer protection to the operators feet when using a chain saw. It is designed to protect the area of the foot between the toes and the lower leg. This footwear must meet the ASTM F1818 Specification for Foot Protection for Chainsaw Users standard.

Dielectric insulation (DI) footwear is designed to provide extra insulation in case of accidental contact with energized electrical conductors, devices or circuits. It must be tested according to the ASTM F1116 (Test Method for Determining Dielectric Strength of Dielectric Footwear) and meet the ASTM F1117 (Specification for Dielectric Footwear) minimum requirement for insulation performance.

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Add-On Devices

It is important to remember that the ANSI and the ASTM standards do not allow for the use of add-on devices - strap-on foot, toe or metatarsal guards – as a substitute for protective footwear. ANSI Z41 – 2.1.2 says, "Any protective toe cap or metatarsal guard must be designed, constructed and manufactured into the protective footwear during the manufacturing process and tested as an integral part of the footwear". Per ASTM 5.1.2 "Footwear shall be designed, constructed, and manufactured so that a protective toe cap is an integral and permanent part of the footwear". Per ASTM 5.3.3 "The metatarsal protection shall be an integral and permanent part of the footwear.

On the other hand, OSHA does not exclude add-on devices. Under 1910.136(b), OSHA states that all footwear must meet ANSI standards or the employer must prove that it is equally effective. If an employer provides documentation that their add-on devices have been tested and provide effective protection equivalent to the ANSI performance standards, then the devices are accepted by OSHA. Most manufacturers of add-on devices submit them for testing in independent laboratories. The results of such testing are available upon request.

Sources for More Information

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132
Personal Protective Equipment – General Requirements

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.136
Personal Protective Equipment – Occupational Foot Protection


Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.

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