EN 15090:2012 – Footwear for firefighters

(EN 15090:2012 supersedes EN 15090:2006.)

EN 15090:2012 specifies the minimum requirements and test methods for the performance of three types of footwear used by firefighters for fire suppression, general-purpose rescue, fire rescue, and emergencies involving hazardous materials. This European standard does not cover the special personal protective equipment (PPE) used in high-risk situations.

Classification:

Description code Classification
I Footwear made from leather or other materials, excluding all rubber and all polymeric footwear
II Footwear made entirely of rubber or polymer

 

Footwear are classified as:
• Class I: footwear made from leather and other materials, excluding all-rubber or all-polymeric footwear
• Class II: all rubber (i.e. entirely vulcanized), all polymeric (manufactured in one piece), and hybrid footwear (polymeric) footwear with another material that extends the upper 

The three types of footwear for firefighters are as follows:

Type 1   Suitable for general-purpose rescue, fire suppression, and firefighting suppression action involving a fire in vegetative fuels such as forests, crops, grass, and farmland; no protection against penetration, no toe protection, and no protection against chemical hazards (these properties however can be present as optional).

Type 2   Suitable for fire rescue, fire suppression, and property conservation in buildings, enclosed structures, vehicles, vessels, or like properties that are involved in a fire or emergency situation; all fire suppression and rescue interventions where toe protection and protection against penetration are needed; no protection against chemical hazards.

Type 3 Emergencies involving hazardous materials, those involving the release or potential release of hazardous chemicals into the environment that can cause loss of life, personnel injury, or damage to property and the environment; suitable also for fire rescue, fire suppression, and property conservation in aircraft, buildings, enclosed structures, vehicles, vessels, or like properties that are involved in a fire or emergency situation; all fire suppression and rescue interventions where toe protection, protection against penetration, and protection against chemical hazards are needed.

  

Symbols marked on the footwear denote the following features:

Footwear type Symbol Properties
Type 1 F1A All normative requirements and the requirements for antistatic properties
  F1PA All normative requirements and the requirements for penetration resistance for antistatic properties
  F1I All normative requirements and the requirements for electrical insulting properties
Type 2 F1PI All normative requirements and the requirements for penetration resistance for electrical  insulting properties
  F2AI All normative requirements and the requirements for antistatic properties
  F2I All normative requirements and the requirements for electrical insulting properties
Type 3 F3A All normative requirements and the requirements for antistatic properties
  F3I All normative requirements and the requirements for electrical insulting properties

 

Additional symbols that may be marked on the footwear:

Marking/Symbol Requirements
HI1 Insulation against heat at 150°C/30 min
HI2 Insulation against heat at 250°C/20 min
HI3 Insulation against heat at 250°C/40 min
T Internal toe cap 200 J (marking only valid for Type 1 boots)
R Rigidity of the toe puff at 500 N (marking only valid for Type 1 boots)
P Penetration resistance
I Electrically insulating footwear
A Antistatic footwear
CI Insulation against cold
CH Chemical resistance
AN Ankle protection
M Metatarsal protection

 

Requirements for footwear resistant to slip (slips, trips and falls resistance:

Marking/Symbol Test Condition Mode
SRA Surface: ceramic
Lubricant: deteergent solution
Heel
Flat
SRB Surface: smooth steel
Lubricant: glycerol
Heel
Flat
SRC SRA + SRB