Electricians Need Work Boots

by Steve on January 23, 2011

Are your work boots up to the job?
Electricians know all to well about ‘Regulations’ and in this article Dave Akerman explains the safety standards and regs work boots should comply with.  This includes levels of protection and the dangers of sub-standard footwear.

Work Boots and the Safety Standards They Adhere To

Your work boots are an integral part of your electrician’s kit. From the protection that they offer you to the comfort they provide as you work tirelessly day after day, a decent pair of work boots is a requirement for anyone who needs to wear protective workwear and operate within the EN Safety Standards. Knowing is half the battle, therefore prevent injuries such as crushed or broken feet, burns, sprains, punctures, lacerations and even partial amputations by always wearing your work boots, steel toed or otherwise.

All work boots should accommodate the various safety standards as set by EN 347 regulations. EN 347 means that all work boots, regardless of their brand are equipped with a 200 Joule (EN 347) steel-toe – the steel must be able to protect an impact of 20kgs from 10.2 meters. The protection standard extends even further, informing the wearer that their shoe is capable of withstanding 1.5 tons of pressure. Safety work boots for both men and women can be further explained in these three categories:

EN 347 – ‘O’ Level’s 1, 2 and 3

This boots offer the lowest level of protection (O). They have antistatic properties and can be puncture-proof, as well as offering water penetration technologies and rapid fluid absorption (O2 and O3). As per the lowest levels of protection, there is no built-in steel-toed cap

EN 346 – ‘P’ Level’s B, 1, 2 and 3

A steel-toed cap is present in the EN 346 standard, offering 100 joules of impact protection. In the PB boots, there are no additional features such as antistatic soles (P1), water penetration or absorption (P2) or tread patterns (P3).

EN 345 – ‘S’ Level’s B, 1, 2 and 3

BS EN ISO 20345:2004 (the full title for EN 345 safety standards) offers all of the features of the above mentioned work boots, but with a steel-toed addition that can accommodate 200 joules of impact pressure.

Extra standards exist for specialized work boots that accommodate for the harshest of dangers, namely EN 381/3 boots, or power-saw resistant boots – ballistic nylon protects the user from any accidental power saw injuries. Choose your work boot with care and avoid common workplace injuries by outfitting yourself and your crew with safety compliment workwear.

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Maria September 21, 2012 at 09:23

Thanks for posting, it is definately vital to wear protective clothing for safety.

thedon July 6, 2011 at 22:44

something else electricians should consider when selecting safety footwear is that it is now also possible to purchase 100% non metalic safety footwear which conform to BS EN ISO 20345:2004 as outlined above.

The footwear i’m refering to is composite safety footwear, it consists of a composite resin replacement for all the traditional steel parts of regular safety shoes, so the toe cap and midsole for example are replaced with composite materials in place of metal.

the toe cap still gives the same protection as metal which allows it to conform fully with BS EN ISO 20345:2004,

Capps manufacture a range of antistatic composite safety footwear such as this safety trainer http://www.justsafetyfootwear.co.uk/product/Trainer_Type_Grey_Suede_Safety_Shoe_by_Capps_Safety_Footwear._LH402

well worth considering when selecting your safety footwear as an electrician.

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