WHAT EXACTLY IS EN ISO 20345?

WHAT EXACTLY IS EN ISO 20345?

Posted by Helen Wood on behalf of Pressure Pump Solutions Ltd - Authorised Dealers for Hyundia Power Products & Portwest Workwear in the UK on 6th Jan 2022

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as work safety shoes, are required (EN ISO 20345).
This is the European standard that applies to all-purpose safety footwear.

The EN ISO 20345 standard provides both the basic and additional requirements for occupational safety shoes.
EN ISO 20345-compliant footwear is intended to protect the wearer from the following hazards:
• bumps
• crushing
• falling or rolling items
• stepping into sharp or pointed objects
• heat or cold
• and hot substances

The EN ISO 20345 standard covers a wide range of instances, including mechanical risks, slip resistance, heat risks, and ergonomic qualities.
Additional criteria associated with certain activities address hazards such as electrically insulated footwear and chemical-resistant footwear, among others.

EN ISO 20345 specifies the following fundamental requirements:
• upper height
• heel area on boots
• minimum length, pressure and bump impact resistance of the toe cap
• water vapour permeability and water vapour number of the upper
• outsole thickness and abrasion resistance of the outsole

AS PART OF EN ISO 20345, MANY SPECIFIC TESTS ARE CONDUCTED, INCLUDING:

Impact Resistance: To measure the strength of the toe cap, a 20kg steel weight is modified to fall on top of the footwear sample. After the test, the gap between the toe cap and the insole after impact must be between 12.5 and 15mm.

Compression Resistance: The footwear sample is compressed between two steel plates at a force of 15kN.
After passing the test, the space between the toe cap and the insole must be between 12.5 and 15mm.

Anti-Penetration Insert: A test nail is subjected to a force of at least 1100N.
The point of the nail must not extend through the midsole of the footwear sample in order to fulfil the requirement.

PORTWEST HAS 115 STYLES THAT HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED TO THE EN ISO 20345 STANDARD.

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