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Standard specification for performance requirements for protective toecap footwear
The apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE) that you wear and use are certified safe by independent testing agencies. By ending the guesswork around worksite hazard protection, these safety standards and certifications ensure the safety and security of every workforce. The ASTM F2413-11 standard is one of the most-read articles on our website. While this is a common standard in safety footwear testing, the details contained in the standard would benefit from some explanation and clarification. We are here to help!
The ASTM F2413-11 standard specifies how safety footwear should be designed, what protections it should provide, and how those protections should be tested by an independent testing agency.
THE SAFETY LABEL
The safety label consist of three lines of detail. For example, the safety label on our ScanNero safety shoes includes the following details:
Line 1: ASTM F2413-11
Line 2: M I/C
Line 3: PR
LINE 1 EXPLAINED
ASTM F2413-11: this indicates that the footwear, in this case, ScanNero, meets the performance requirement of the ASTM F2413-11 safety standard.
LINE 2 EXPLAINED
M I/C: this indicates that ScanNero has been designed for males ("M" for Male, "F" for Female), that the footwear is impact-resistant (I) and that it is compression-resistant (C).
Please note: 75 foot-pounds is the highest level of impact resistance and compression resistance; the second-highest level for both is 50 foot-pounds while the lowest level for both is 30 foot-pounds.
LINE 3 EXPLAINED
PR: indicates which hazards this footwear protects against. ScanNero, for example, is puncture-resistant (PR). In addition to puncture resistance (PR), other hazard designations are: conductive (Cd), electrical hazard (EH), and metatarsal protection (Mt).
You can find complete details about hazards and protections on our fact sheet, available HERE for free download, and on our norms and standards page.