Safety Footwear: UK Buying Guide

Choose the right safety footwear

Certain working environments require strict regulations relating to the provision of safety footwear, which is why Alexandra offers a range to suit your role. We've put together this guide to help you identify the appropriate footwear requirements to meet the needs of your workers.

We offer styles to suit a range of industries; from lightweight composite safety boots to anti slip safety footwear from brands such as Dr. Martens, Blackrock and Delta Plus. Design, brand and protection are key considerations when choosing footwear. Comfort is also a vital requirement. That's why Alexandra is continuing to develop our technology and suppliers to ensure we are offering suitable safety shoes and boots to protect you against the hazards you may come up against in your role. 

Anti Slip Safety Footwear

Safety footwear can play a crucial part in preventing injury; particularly from slips. Purchasing anti slip footwear with a slip resistant sole can help prevent slips, trips and falls, which are the most common cause of injury at work. The range that Alexandra provides can help to prevent hazards in your working environment.

Slip resistance testing is important and all of our anti slip shoes go through rigorous testing in order to meet the required health and safety regulations. With new styles of footwear undergoing intermittent re-testing, the reputable EN ISO 13287 has advanced SRA, SRB and SRC ratings which are now commonly used. 

Please see below the ‘Safety Icons Key’ which relate to each specific safety requirement.

Health and Safety Footwear Regulations: UK Legislation

EN ISO 20345:2011 specifies basic and additional requirements for safety footwear. If a shoe conforms, it will be found within the product information label in the footwear.

SB – Safety basic 200 joule toecap protection and oil resistant is the standard requirement met, however in addition, slip resistant ratings that meet other standards will vary in a range of workplace hazards, these are shown below:

SB – Safety basic 200 joule toecap protection and oil resistant.

S1 – 200 joule toecap protection, closed heel, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area.

S1P - 200 joule toecap protection, closed heel, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area, pierce resistant upper. 

S2 - 200 joule toecap protection, closed heel, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area, water resistant upper.

S3 – 200 joule toecap protection, closed heel, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area, water resistant upper, plus pierce resistant midsole, cleated out-sold (tread).

S4 – 200 joule toecap protection, all rubber or all polymeric footwear, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area.

S5 – 200 joule toecap protection, all rubber or all polymeric footwear, oil resistant, anti-static, energy absorbing heel area, plus pierce-resistant midsole, cleated out-sole (trea.)

HRO – Sole resistant to 300 °C

Meanings:

Antistatic – Preventing the build-up of static electricity or reducing its effects.

SRA – Tested on ceramic tile wetted with diluted soap solution.

SRB – Tested on smooth steel with glycerol. 

SRC – Tested under both the above conditions. 

 200 Joule
200 Joule toecap

Denotes footwear with safety toecap

Pierce resistant midsole

Denotes footwear with safety midsole

Water resistant

Denotes water repellent footwear

Womens sizes

Denotes footwear suitable for women

Antistatic

Denotes footwear with anti-static sole

 

Waterproof

Denotes waterproof footwear

SRB

Denotes SRB rating

SRA 

Denotes SRA rating

SRC 

Denotes SRC rating

 

Alexandra has a range of ppe safety footwear, including steel toe cap work boots safety trainers, safety wellingtons, safety wellington boots etc. Designed to fit everyone's feet, we have regular and wide-fit safety foorwear and you can be sure that our shoes meet the needs your working environment requires. Our anti slip safety footwear is thoroughly tested to meet health and safety footwear regulations and standards UK.

Try our men's steel toe cap boots, lightweight steel cap boots, lightweight steel toe cap boots, waterproof steel toe cap boots, steel toe cap boots womens and our dr martens steel toe cap boots.

We also have a range of work safety trainers if you need to be lighter on your feet; lightweight safety trainers suitable for men and women. We have waterproof safety trainers, mens safety trainers, womens safety trainers designed to help you forget about what you're wearing on your feet and get on with your job. Perfect for chefs and hospitality staff who are on their feet all day. Read our blog for how to choose the best workwear for every hospitality role.