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This specification provides certification of protective footwear. It includes performance requirements for footwear to protect workers' feet from a variety of workplace hazards.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
1.1 The principle purpose of this specification is the certification of protective footwear. Certification must be performed by independent third party laboratories in order for footwear to bare the ASTM marking.
1.2 The specification contains performance requirements for footwear to protect workers' feet from the following hazards by providing: (1) conductive properties (Cd) which reduce hazards that may result from static electricity buildup; and reduce the possibility of ignition of explosives and volatile chemicals; (2) electric hazard protection (EH), to protect the wearer when accidental contact by stepping on live electric wires; (3) static dissipative properties (SD) to reduce hazards due to excessively low footwear electrical resistance that may exist where SD footwear is required; (4) puncture resistance (PR) footwear devices.
1.3 This specification covers minimum requirements for the performance of footwear to provide protection against a variety of workplace hazards other than the toe area that can potentially result in injury.
1.4 This specification is not intended to serve as a detailed manufacturing or purchasing specification, but can be referenced in purchase contracts to ensure that minimum performance requirements are met.
1.5 Controlled laboratory tests used to determine compliance with the performance requirements of this specification shall not be deemed as establishing performance levels for all situations to which individuals may be exposed.
1.6 Any changes to the original components of safety footwear such as replacing or adding after market footbeds/inserts could cause failure to any or all parts, or a combination thereof, of this specification rendering the ASTM Soft Toe Protective Footwear label invalid.
1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
Federal Standards29CFR1910.136 Personal Protective Equipment-Occupational Foot Protection
Canadian Standards Association StandardCAN/CSAZ195 Protective Footwear
B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus
F1646 Terminology Relating to Safety and Traction for Footwear
F2412 Test Methods for Foot Protection
F2413 Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear
ICS Number Code 13.340.50 (Leg and foot protection)
UNSPSC Code 46181600(Safety footwear)