When it comes to buying a new pair of boots, either for work or for leisure, it is important to understand what safety benefits you will gain from them.

It can be a little confusing to look at the description of a great pair of boots and see nothing but letters and numbers, not knowing the significance of what they mean. We have put together a quick guide to these codes, so that you can quickly find out what safety features each pair of boots has and decide which is best for you.

Safety Key

  • SB - Safety Basic - This is the basic toe protection level, meaning they should have a 200 joule impact protection
  • SRA - Slip resistant - Tested on ceramic tile that has been dampened with dilute soap solution
  • SRB - Slip resistant - Tested on smooth steel with glycerol lubricant
  • SRC - Slip resistant - Tested under SRB and SRA conditions
  • HRO - Heat resistant up to 300 degrees for up to 60 seconds
  • WRU - Water resistant leather uppers
  • A - Anti static electrical resistance on the sole of the boot
  • P - Midsole penetration resistance outsole of 1100 newtons
  • E - Heel energy absorption of 20 Joules to give extra comfort
  • CI - Cold insulated upper certified to -17 ºC to keep your feet warm

Shortcodes for combinations:

Often boots are rated with the codes below, which describe a combination of the features in the list above.

  • S1/S1P - This is a combination of SB, A and E, or SB, A, E and P
  • SB-P - This is a combination of SB and P
  • S2 - This is a combination of S1 and WRU
  • S3 - This is a combination of S2 and P
  • S4 - This is S1, with a moulded upper of rubber or polymer
  • S5 - This is S3, with uppers are made from rubber or polymeric material

At Tanner Trading we have a huge range of work safety boots which meet the above safety certifications from top brands such as Buckler, Bekina, Dickies and more.

Sources

https://ppeworksolutions.co.uk/pages/safety-boots-codes-explained-guide

https://www.buckbootz.com/quick-links/technology

https://www.electricaltrademagazine.co.uk/feature/safety-boot-ratings


Post By Kimberley Roderick