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Protective footwear testing and certification services from SGS – demonstrate compliance to PPE footwear standards EN ISO 20345, EN ISO 20346, and EN ISO 20347.

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Slips, trips, falls, crush injuries and more can all be prevented with the correct PPE footwear. Manufacturers and retailers must ensure that footwear sold as ‘protective’ meets the relevant safety standard before sale. Our PPE solutions provide one stop testing and certification services for protective footwear.

PPE Footwear Testing Standards

There are various PPE footwear standards published, the three most common of which are EN ISO 20345, EN ISO 20346, and EN ISO 20347.

Testing Standard Type of Footwear 
 EN ISO 20345 PPE – Safety Footwear
 EN ISO 20346 PPE – Protective Footwear
 EN ISO 20347 PPE – Occupational Footwear 
 EN ISO 20349 PPE – Footwear protecting against thermal risks and molten metal splashes as found in foundries and welding – Requirements and test method 
 EN 13634 Protective footwear for motorcycle riders – Requirements and test methods 
 EN 13832-1 Footwear protecting against chemicals – Part 1: Terminology and test methods 
 EN 13832-2 Footwear protecting against chemicals – Part 2: Requirements for footwear resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions 
 EN 13832-3 Footwear protecting against chemicals – Part 3: Requirements for footwear highly resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions
 EN 15090 Footwear for fire fighters 
 EN ISO 17249 Safety footwear with resistance to chainsaw cutting 
 EN 50321 Electrically insulating footwear for working on low voltage installations 

Footwear manufacturers must obtain PPE certification from a Notified Body before they can affix the CE mark on the product.

Benefits of SGS’s Protective Footwear Services

  • Network of testing laboratories for performing protective footwear testing
  • Assistance in compiling technical files 
  • Coordinate with Notified Bodies for application of EC type examination

In addition, SGS United Kingdom Limited is a Notified Body (0120) approved to provide certification for EC type examination under Article 10 of the Directive. We can also provide Article 11 certification for complex footwear, using local auditors for its annual factory audit requirement.

Ensure the safety of workers – contact SGS today to ensure PPE products are safe and compliant.