Safety footwear is an essential item of clothing that should be worn when working in a hazardous environment. Safety boots, shoes, trainers, wellies etc. are available in a wide variety of colours and styles to suit a large number of different work places, from an office to a building site. The majority of safety footwear are constructed with steel toe caps and steel midsoles however, some safety footwear has been constructed with composite toe caps and composite midsoles, benefiting those people working in high security environments that make use of metal detectors. All safety footwear must conform to either the EN345 European Standard or the ISO20345 International Standard, so if you are looking to purchase a pair of safety boots, pay close attention to the standard they conform to and the safety rating they have been assigned. Listed below are a few of the guidelines stated by the standards:
With all of the safety footwear conforming to one of the two standards, explained above, the customer is sure to receive the very best in foot protection. However, safety footwear manufacturers have also taken comfort and durability into consideration and are therefore incorporating new technologies into their shoes that will make them more hardwearing and comfortable for the wearer. An example of a comfort feature are padded collars and tongues that also provide extra support for the ankle. Safety footwear is manufactured by a large number of well-known brands such as, Timberland, Amblers/Amblers Steel, Centek, Caterpillar (CAT), and Dr. Martens so the customer is sure to find footwear they need at affordable prices.