As you may have already seen safety boots are sold with a range of protective properties designed to protect your feet. These features range from toe protection to heat protection, but do you understand the benefits from each of these? In this article, we will explain what each feature is and how it is designed to protect.
200 Joule Steel Toecap
A steel toecap is a metal insert at the front toe region of the safety boot. These toecaps are designed to protect against 200 joules of pressure, most used to stop injuries from falling objects. Some toecaps are designed from an alloy of metals rather than just steel, although these can be stronger these safety boots only need to meet 200 joules of protection.
Steel toe cap boots are the most commonly sold in the safety footwear category as they are fitted as standard.
200 Joule Composite Toecap
Like steel toecaps, composite toe caps are designed to protect against falling objects. The composite toecap is usually made from a blend of plastics and hard rubbers to protect up to 200 joules of pressure. As the toecap is not made from metal the safety boot is lighter and can be more comfortable to wear.
Non-metallic safety boots are made from 100% composite or fabric materials. One main benefit to wearing metal free boots is that your boots do not contain magnetic or conductive materials. A popular choice amongst electricians and those working around electricity.
Wide Fitting Footwear
Although wide fitting footwear is not classed as a safety feature, there are many individuals looking for a wide fit. The wider fitting helps to provide comfort and reduce the tight fitting around the toecap area. With two different sizes EEE or EEEE available, you will be able to find a width that fits properly. To find out more about the widths and measurements of wide fitting safety boots, visit Wide Fitting Safety Footwear Explained.
Waterproof Footwear Properties
When working outdoors it’s important that your footwear protected you against water from entering the boot. Prolonged exposure to water can cause serious injuries and can result in amputation. Waterproof safety boots are usually made of a water reflective material allowing the water to run off the boot. Regularly found on safety boots, this feature is a must when working in the colder months, where rainfall is common.
Oil Resistant Properties
Working around vehicles can often create multiple slip hazards, such as oil. Safety boots with oil resistant soles are designed to prevent the slipping and absorption of oil into the boot. This helps to both keep the boots clean and reduce injuries in the workplace.
Commonly used in Garages, Warehouses, Construction, catering and many more.
When working some boots start to build up an electrostatic charge, this can then discharge to the nearest conductor, in some environments this can be catastrophic. Working with computers, electrical equipment, manufacturing equipment and specialist materials are just some of the many potential areas what can be affected by an electrostatic discharge. Boots with antistatic properties are designed to do as the name suggests, repel static build up.
Anti-slip footwear is specially designed to give you the most amount of grip, with the ability to repel water, oil and other slippery hazards. For some environments these hazards are common, therefor it is vital to ensure the safety of the employee by wearing anti-slip safety boots.
Used in almost every workplace, safety boots with anti-slip are part of the daily wear for the majority of the workforce.
Pierce Resistant Steel Midsole
A pierce resistant steel midsole is a strip of metal that is placed in the sole of the boot directly below the arch of the foot. It is designed to protect the foot from punctures which are commonly caused by nails, screws and sharp objects.
Pierce Resistant Composite Midsole
Just like the steel midsole protection, the composite midsole is designed to protect the arch of the foot from punctures. The big difference between the composite and steel is the material that is used. The composite midsole is made from a blend of hard plastics and rubbers, this provides the same protection as the steel but has additional features. These features include being metal free and lightweight, making these a perfect choice for electricians.
When working in harsh winter weather, a steel toe cap and steel midsole tend to make the safety boot> colder than usual. A cold insulated boot helps to keep your feet warm in even the coldest environments. It is vital you choose a safety boot with cold insulation protect when you working in cold outdoor workplaces.
Energy Absorbing Seat Region
The energy absorbing seat region found in so many of the safety boots is designed to reduce the impact on the feet. Energy can be transferred from impact walking, landings on the heel or impacts. With the energy absorption added to your safety boots, potential injuries are reduced instantly.
Dual Density Sole Unit
Dual density sole units are designed to give you a comfortable top layer which maintains heat, and a bottom layer usually designed for heat resistance and slip resistance. The great thing about a dual density sole unit is that it can provide more safety features without the drawback of being uncomfortable or removing other safety features.
Heat Resistant Outsole
Working in work climates can result in hot surfaces, with the addition of a heat resistant outsole you will be able to walk on these surfaces with minimum effect on the safety boot. However, heat resistant outsole is usually rated up to 300°C, giving you an advanced level of protection.