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Frequently Asked Questions

Safety Shoe Safety Level SRA, SRB & SRC – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Safety shoe is provided with an SRC certified slip resistant sole, meaning the slip resistance of the sole was tested on a ceramic tile wetted with a dilute soap solution and on a smooth steel plate with glycerol. The soles pass both tests with glance and do not only fulfill the minimum standards (SRA/SRB), but exceed them remarkably.

Make sure you’re aware of the degree of slip resistance below your feet, accidents are expensive. All Newman products are tested in laboratory conditions to be granted with a slip resistant rating. However, there are shoes out there described as ‘slip resistant’ or ‘improved grip performance’ that haven’t been formally tested. You can be 100% sure the safety footwear is slip resistant when you identify a slip resistant rating SRA, SRB or SRC.

SRA  (slip resistant soles are tested on a ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution) + SRB (slip resistant soles are tested on smooth steel with glycerol) = SRC (slip resistant soles pass both SRA and SRB slip resistance tests)

The properties of S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear are:

All of them are class I footwear.

S1 safety footwear has the basic properties of SB footwear plus:

  • Closed seat region
  • Antistatic properties (including the “A” marking)
  • Energy absorption of seat region (including the “E” marking)
  • Resistance to fuel oil
  • MONO DENSITY RUBBER: exceptionally sturdy: temperature-resistant from -30 up to 300°C, hard to penetrate for sharp objects and resistant to fuels, oils, microbes and numerous chemicals. However, rubber is heavier than PU and TPU, and is less flexible when submitted to cold temperatures. The rubber outsoles are also known for the great slip resistance as single density PU and TPU. RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, in contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for contacts with hot surfaces. It is a compact and heavy material so it is not the best choice if you need extremely light footwear.
  • PU/RUBBER: (generally an injection molded outsole). Keeping the properties of rubber for the outsole, in this type of footwear the midsole is made of PU so the footwear is lighter. The PU in this case is the weak point in the toughest situations where the rubber performs the best. RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, in contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for the contact with hot floors. It is a compact and heavy material, so to make it lighter it is joined with PU.
  • EVA/RUBBER: RECOMMENDED USAGE: indoor and outdoor, for the contact with oils, chemicals, acids. If HRO certified, it is also recommended for the contact with hot floors. It is a compact and heavy material, so to make it lighter it is joined with PU.

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding safety footwear: what is the difference between S1, S1P, S2, S3 Safety footwear?

  • What kind of characteristics should this footwear include?
  • What kind of outsole?
  • What kind of leather?
  • What marking?
  • What additional properties might it have?

In this article I’ll explain you technically what to do if you need S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear.

 

After reading this article I bet you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to find the perfect product for yourself!

There’s a huge variety of products on the market and you need to choose, let me explain to you, technically, what exists on the market, what technical specifications you have to look at to find the perfect S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear for your needs.

In general, some average situations where you could do a distinction between S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear:

  • You work indoor, no risk of water sprays, and you need protection for your toes, and a good breathability? Then you need S1 safety footwear
  • You work indoor, no risk of water sprays, and you need protection for your toes, you need protection against perforation, and a good breathability? Then you need S1P safety footwear
  • You work outdoor and you need protection for your toes and against water sprays? Then you need S2 safety footwear
  • You work outdoor and you need protection for your toes, you need protection against perforation, and against water sprays? Then you need S3 safety footwear
  • What other features should I consider for my S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear?

As you can see, the biggest difference between S1, S1P, S2, S3 safety footwear consists in the resistance to water sprays and the puncture resistant plate. The S1P and S3 are basically S1 and S2 safety footwear, with an additional puncture resistant plate.

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