Guidelines for the right choice

The right choice of work shoes for slip resistance

Making the right choice of slip resistant shoes ("non-slip shoes") from the range of products on the market is quite difficult for most buyers. Shoe descriptions are very varied, from "improved traction" to "excellent slip resistance on all surfaces." Often, manufacturers and suppliers write in their advertising brochures "anti-slip or anti-slip soles", but, unfortunately, the brochures do not describe the conditions under which such Work shoes will be the most suitable. Therefore, the purpose of this article is assistance in choosing the right work shoeshaving slip resistance properties. We hope that this information will help reduce or completely eliminate industrial injuries associated with involuntary slip. 

Also note that the choice of work shoes should take into account a number of factors other than slip resistance, such as comfort, durability, and the safety features of work shoes, which should be considered together. 

Helpful Hints:

1) Accidents can be costly for a company - there are many hidden costs or costs that are difficult to predict. With shoes, like any other product, you will most likely get what you pay for. Make sure you buy work shoes that suit your working conditions - this won't necessarily be the cheapest option. But it can be more comfortable, attractive, and more protective to ensure your personnel are well protected and can do their job effectively. and consult with your supplier for the correct selection of footwear.
3) Some types of work shoes may not be suitable for difficult working conditions where high slip resistance is needed. For example, shoes that work well on wet surfaces may not be suitable for work on oily surfaces, etc.
4) Discuss with your supplier to conduct production testing of work shoes to help you make the right choice, rather than making your choice of safety shoes based on brochure descriptions or lab test data.
5) Tests must include a sufficiently representative sample of work footwear wearers, and the duration of the tests must be sufficient to obtain objective results. Remember - workers cannot wear safety shoes if they are inconvenient to use or impractical, no matter what protective properties they have.

What is important to know about the sole of work shoes 

1) One piece tread pattern and one piece tread compound are very important for skid resistance. Generally, soft soles with a close-packed tread pattern work well with indoor liquid contaminants. A wider tread pattern works better outdoors as well as solid contaminants. The only sure way to find out which work shoes are best for you is to conduct production tests.
2) The tread profile of the sole must not be clogged - the sole must be cleaned regularly. If the sole clogs frequently, alternative sole designs should be sought, such as wider spaces between the tread elements or shoes with a deeper tread pattern.
3) Slip resistance properties can change over time due to wear and tear, so it is necessary to evaluate the condition of the tread regularly and replace it in time before the shoe becomes worn and dangerous to use. 
4) Choosing the right shoes for working on wet or dirty steel or aluminum surfaces is very important. With some types of surfaces, the profile of work shoes does not provide improved slip resistance.
5) “Oil-resistant sole” does not mean high slip resistance on an oily surface - it is just information that the sole will not be damaged by contact with oils and petroleum products. 

Slip resistance test 

You can contact the supplier of work shoes to get information about the tests and their results. The protective properties of shoes, including slip resistance, are tested in accordance with the test established by the European standard ENISO 20344:2004 (DSTU EN ISO 20344:2009 "individual zahistu. Vzuttya professional recognition. Methods of testing"). Shoes that pass the slip resistance test will be marked with one of the following codes, SRA, SRB or SRC. 

The codes indicate that the footwear complies with the specified requirements, under the following tests: 

  • SRA – Slip resistance on ceramic tile floors (surface with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS));
  • SRB – Slip resistance on steel floors (with glycerin);
  • SRC Both of the above tests.

It should be noted that the surfaces used in the tests do not always correspond to the surfaces that wearers of work shoes encounter, so getting more information or doing more tests will help you make the right decision.

If you need professional advice in choosing work shoesthat meets your working conditions - contact our specialists who will always be happy to help you with this. 

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