Facts about Industrial Shoes

1. Different working conditions require different kinds of specifications of industrial shoes. There is no single shoe specification for all working conditions.

2. The OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH CENTER (OSHC) is the Philippine certifying body for personal protective equipment safety standards. It follows the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rules. Other countries have their own certifying entities equivalent to the OSHC.

3. NITRILE is a late generation synthetic rubber which is widely used for a variety of industrial purposes where a broader chemical resistance is needed. It can be blended with natural rubber (NR) where lesser chemical resistance is required.

4. POLYURETHANE (PU) is classified as a thermoplastic. It is the same material used for outsoles of generally all casual shoes. Cracking, pulverizing and melting with extreme heat are inherent characteristics of this material.

5. ANTI-SLIP resistance degree is influenced by three factors – outsole material, tread design and working conditions. Shoe performance alone cannot be a guarantee against slipping. Working area conditions will greatly affect it.

6. NORWEGIAN WELT CONSTRUCTION (shoe manufacturing process) is the best outsole to upper leather attachment. A unit sole (no layers as compared to GOODYEAR WELT) is cemented and stitched to the upper leather.

7. TOE CAPS are classified using international standards. Heavy duty use is classified under CLASS 75 (75 ft/lbs). This is in consideration of the general maximum carrying weight or table height weight hazards’ impact force on the toe cap that can occur in a specific work area condition. Impact forces greater than this would be coming from above the head which will require the person to move his whole body.

8. A SHANK adds strength and provides stability to the outsole. It is a standard for all safety shoes.