What is the difference between SB, S1, S1P, S2, S3:

The S is the abbreviation for “safety” and implies that these shoes must meet the Safety Shoes standard. The standard for this is EN-ISO (20)345. This prescribes that shoes must have a protective toe that offers protection against mechanical damage to the forefoot. This means that with an impact of 200J, no damage to the forefoot may occur. There are still different categories within that standard, which are briefly explained below:

SB:      safety shoes for professional use with a protective toecap which has been tested for an impact of 200J.

S1:      equivalent to SB, anti-static properties, energy-absorbing heel, closed heel, oil-resistant anti-slip sole.

S1P:    equivalent to S1, penetration protection 1100N.

S3:      equivalent to S1P, sole with profile, waterproof for a minimum of 60 minutes.

Slip resistance

Safety shoes are subjected to an anti-slip test according to NEN standards.

SRA:    slip resistance on a ceramic tile with a layer of detergent.

SRB:    slip resistance on a steel plate with glycerine (oil substance).

SRC:    SRA + SRB (if the sole has passed both the SRA + SRB test, it automatically receives the SRC standard)

ESD shoe

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) shoes prevent static charge by quickly discharging static electricity. Due to the low resistance of the shoes, the wearer will not become charged. This will protect you and nearby electrical equipment.

ESD work shoes are required for people involved in building computers or sensitive equipment.

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