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Do you need S3 or S1P safety rating?

Do you need work shoes with the safety rating S3? Or will a safety shoe with the safety rating S1P suit your needs better?

You might be familiar with the safety rating called S1.

S1P has the same safety features as S1 which are:

  • Protective toe cap
  • Mandatory slip resistance
  • Closed seat region (fully enclosed heel)
  • Electrical resistence 
  • Energy absorbtion under the heel

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Anti puncture protection
Anti puncture protection means that the safety shoe has nail penetration protection. So, that you don´t have to worry about stepping on nails and other sharp things.

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If you want to learn more about what´s new in the standard EN ISO 20345: 2022. Click below.

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But what does S3 have that S1P does not?

What really differs S3 from S1P is that the upper material has water protective properties:

WRU - Water repellent upper (EN ISO 20345:2012)
WPA - Water- penetration and absorption (EN ISO 20345:2022)
The standard for safety shoes EN ISO 20345: 2012 will be updated and will now instead be EN ISO 20345:2022.

If you do not need a water repellent upper part on your shoe, then you do not need a S3 safety shoe, and a S1P safety rated shoe will be enough.
One reason for not making all safety shoes with a water repellent upper part is due to ventilation. Many safety shoe models with S1P rating have small ventilation openings that helps keep your feet cool and comfortable.

For more info about what´s included in the different safety ratings (EN ISO 20345: 2022), please have a look at the Safety footwear chart.

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