BOOT SAFETY STANDARDS

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SAFETY STANDARD – AS/NZS 2210.3:2009

Every safety boot sold in Australia has to pass the latest Australia and New Zealand Standards for protective and occupational footwear (currently AS/NZS 2210.3:2009). Each style must be tested by an independent and authorised laboratory and then certified by a worldwide recognised organisation where each component of the boot is tested (fabric, sole, thread, lining, etc.).


BONDING TEST

Measures the force required to separate the upper from the sole unit or to separate different layers within the sole unit, i.e. separate midsole from outsole. Material tearing is part of the assessment when the force required to tear the material itself apart is lower than the bonding strength between two different materials and also lower than the bonding requirement then material failure will occur.


COMPRESSION TEST

This test measures the resistance of a toe cap being compressed by an upper plate with a pressing force 15kN = 1.5ton. The clearance between the toes and the toe cap must be over 12.5mm or 15mm depending on sizes.


IMPACT TEST

Each toe cap has to pass the impact resistance test explained in the standard AS/NZS 2210.3:2009. After the drop of a 20kg striker with a force of 200J, the clearance between your toes and the toe cap must be between 12.5mm to 15mm depending on sizes.