IThe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that also working garments and safety shoes belong to, are mentioned for the first time by art.40 of law 626 of 1994 then reconverted in the Consolidation Act on Safety of 2008, in turn integrated in Law by Decree no. 106 dated 3 August 2009.
As for the matters that concern us more closely, i.e. the use of safety shoes, the reference standard is UNI EN ISO 20345/46/47:2007.
The European reference standards identify 3 categories of personal protective equipment:
I – LOWER RISK CATEGORY
II – MEDIUM RISK CATEGORY
III – CATEGORY OF RISKS OF SERIOUS INJURY OR MORTAL RISKS
Sparco Teamwork footwear fall under Class II Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) with CE marking in accordance with European Directive EEC 89/686.
The EN ISO 20345:2011 standard marks safety footwear with an “S” (for Safety), defining it as:
Footwear with features designed to protect the wearer from injuries that may result from accidents in the field of work for which the shoes have been designed, with toe caps made to give protection against impact when tested at an energy level of 200J.