With an array of available safety classifications, a lot of people ask us “What are S3 safety boots?” and “How are they different from SB, S1 and S2 boots?”
Standard safety boots, like SB (safety basic) classification boots, for example, must conform to ISO EN 20345:2011, featuring toecap protection to 200 joules, as well as an impenetrable sole. S3 safety boots are far more protective though and to become so, they go two ‘steps’ further.
Here’s what’s different about S3 Safety Boots: They feature, not only toecap protection to 200 joules and energy absorption in heel, but also:
– Midsole penetration protection and
– Water penetration prevention
In many cases, S3 safety boots are not more expensive than less-protective SB, S1 and S2 safety boots, with entry-level S3 safety boots, like the Pro Man PM100, starting at just £11.99 .
Like all ISO EN 20345:2011 safety boots, they are rated 0% VAT.
S3 safety boots become justifiably more-expensive as they come with more complex, optional safety features, like oil-resistance, Force10 scuff guard protection, WRU water-repellent upper, HI heat resistance, CI cold insulation and SRC slip-resistance, like with the particularly rugged and hard-wearing Rock Fall RF15 Shale.
The level of protection increases with S3 safety boots, like with the highly-featured Rock Fall Monzonite RF540, being one of the most protective safety boots in Europe. The Monzonite features, not only CI cold insulation, HRO heat-resistant outsole, SRC slip-resistance, and is waterproof and 100% metal free, but the Monzonite also features internal metatarsal protection, guarding the delicate metatarsal bones that connect the toes.
To find out more about safety footwear classifications and optional safety features:
– Click here to download Gorilla Safety’s 2019 Safety Footwear Guide
– Select the right safety footwear by using Gorilla Safety’s online product filter facility
– Speak to a member of the Gorilla Safety team here