There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety footwear available is truly necessary.
Often, people choose safety shoes based solely on how they feel when they first put them on, and whether or not they have toe protection, and pay little mind to how they might feel 8-10 hours later after wearing them all day, or any small print on the label.
It can be hard to figure out sometimes exactly what type of footwear to choose, especially with so many choices available, but there are a few things you must always pay attention to.
All safety footwear must meet the minimum safety standards set out by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with EN ISO 20345:2011 being the current standard for safety footwear across Europe (EN). All safety footwear must also be able to pass a flex test; how much give is there when the shoe is bent? Sometimes people choose thicker cleated soles thinking that they will be more robust, but this is not always the case, and sometimes they are more uncomfortable than a slightly more expensive, but safer shoe would be.
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