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EN 20345

Personal safety equipment.

What is EN 20345 standard?

These international standard details basic and additional (i.e., optional) requirements for general-purpose safety footwear (e.g., mechanical risks, slip resistance, thermal risks, and ergonomic design) and for footwear designed for specific professions and worksite conditions (e.g., footwear for firefighters, electrical insulating footwear, protection against chainsaw injuries, protection against chemicals and molten metal splash, protection for motorcyclists).


(EN 20345:2011 supersedes EN 20345:2007.)

EN 20345 explained

Safety footwear that complies with EN 20345 is fitted with toecaps to ensure protection against impact when tested at an energy level of at least 200 J and against compression when tested at a compression load of at least 15 kN.

Footwear is classified according to the following classes:

• Class I: footwear made from leather and other materials, excluding all-rubber and all-polymeric footwear (S1, S2, and S3)
• Class II: all-rubber (i.e. entirely vulcanised), all-polymeric (manufactured in one piece), and hybrid (S4, S5, and SBH = polymeric footwear with another material that extends the upper) footwear
EN 20345 table 1