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Preamble MERCANTA offers safety shoes and boots, manufactured of top quality materials to provide outstanding performance and wearer’s satisfaction. Our protective footwear programme offers a wide range of products, which include features and styles to comply with specific diversified industrial requirements and work conditions, as well as the varying climates of the world. The shoes and boots are available in a large selection of sizes and widths for personal comfort, fit and protection. For many years we have been working in close cooperation with Red Wing, the world’s largest manufacturer of safety footwear. A basic decision in the selection of the appropriate footwear should be made in consideration of the specific hazard(s) to which the worker is exposed. The worker’s feet may be affected by • mechanical hazards, such as shocks, cuts, punctures • thermal hazards, such as heat and cold • chemical hazards, such as splash from caustic and alkaline solutions, oil, fuel and greases • electrical shocks • dust, dirt Each employer is required to perform a workplace assessment to determine the presence of work hazards and the need for personal protective equipment (PPE). In the case of foot injuries, common potential hazards include falling or rolling objects, electrical shock or piercing of footwear soles with sharp objects. Protection Standards Global governing bodies regulate safety standards: ASTM, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, CSA, EN ISO and Singapore. We focus on the ASTM and the EN. ASTM International: ASTM plays a leadership role in setting safety standards for footwear and other products. ASTM F2413-11: Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear. Applies to the following hazards: I, C, Mt, Cd, EH, SD, PR I/75 C/75: This rating is for impact and compression resistance. It determines a shoe’s capacity to protect the toe area against falling or rolling objects. “I/75 and C/75” refer to the impact and compression energy in foot pounds for which the boot is rated. Class 75 is the highest level and is recommended for most applications. ASTM F2892-11: Refers to the ASTM Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Soft Toe Protective Footwear (Non-Safety/Non-Protective Toe). ASTM developed non-safety toe cap (soft toe) requirements to allow manufac- turers to demonstrate the performance level of non-safety toe cap (soft toe) footwear. 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, for example, electrical hazard and static dissipative. EN ISO 20345:2011: The European Standard, approved by CEN (European Committee for Standardisation), specifies basic and additional (optional) requirements for safety footwear. The European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French and German). A version in any other language made by translation under the responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the Central Secretariat has the same status as the official versions. footwear standard impact & compression resistance measurements rated to 75 ft Ibs. for safety toe footwear metatarsal rated to 75 ft Ibs. puncture resistant rated revision date electrical hazard rated static dissipative rated ASTM F2413-11, I/75 C/75 EH, Mt/75 SD PR steel toe aluminium toe non-metallic toe Mt = Metatarsal guard Cd = Conductive protection EH = Electrical hazard SD = Static dissipative PR = Puncture resistant WP = Waterproof Insulated AT H T NT T I = Impact (falling objects) C = Compression (rolling objects) aluminium toe non-metallic toe 222

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