In 1995 OSHA began enforcing a new standard for personnel protective equipment. As part of this standard, employers now require ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) rated safety footwear (steel toe boots, etc.)in areas where employees are exposed to injury as a result of falling or rolling objects. All steel toe shoes meet or exceed ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 C/75 standards.
METATARSAL GUARD (MG)
Metatarsal guard footwear protects both the toes and the metatarsal bone behind the toes. Metatarsal guard shoes are required in any environment where injuries can occur to the metatarsal bone. They are most commonly used in foundries, welding, air product distribution and other heavy manufacturing. All styles marked with the “MG” icon meet the ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 C/75 standards.
STATIC DISSIPATIVE (SD)
SD shoes regulate the build up of electrical charge in a person’s body. Electrostatic dissipative shoes are commonly used in manufacturing of computer components, solvent based paints, explosives and plastics. SD products reduce the risk of static shock to people and to the manufactured product. All safety shoes marked with the “SD” icon meet the ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 C/75 SD.
Conductive shoes protect against the hazards of static electricity build-up. They are intended to protect the wearer in an environment where the accumulations of static electricity on the body is a hazard. These shoes should not be worn by people working near open electrical circuits. All styles marked with the “CD” icon meet the ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 C/75 CD.
Compared to their steel toe counterparts the composite toes are manufactured using lightweight materials to make the shoe weigh less while meeting SEMC® safety-toes exceed both ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 and C/75 standards. The SEMC® safety-toes retain heat in sever cold, are 30% lighter than steel and are non-metallic for electronic security work environments.
ELECTRICAL HAZARD (EH)
ASTM F2413-05 Electrical Hazard safety footwear provides workers with a secondary source of protection from live circuits, wires or highly charged electrical equipment. The insulating properties of such footwear are measured under dry conditions and may deteriorate in wet environments with wear.
SLIP RESISTANT (SR)
Slip resistant safety footwear is the fastest growing segment of the safety footwear industry. The reason: today’s slip resistant shoes work. For many employers with wet, oily, and/or greasy floors, it is common sense to require slip resistant safety footwear. Slip related injuries can be extremely costly. Employers who require slip resistant boots and shoes reduce worker’s compensation claims. This is good news for everyone .
PUNCTURE RESISTANT (PR)
Puncture Resistant footwear protects the feet from injuries where an object might pierce the sole of the shoe. Puncture Resistant shoes are constructed with a flexible steel midsole that lies completely underneath the foot. PR shoes are often used in Landfills, EMS , Construction and Maintenance jobs where nails or needles, scrap metal or other objects may pierce the sole. Puncture Resistant protection is generally required for most jobs in Canada and is quickly growing in use in the United States.