1. Explanation of the CE marking

Safety footwear must be considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is subject to the essential Health and Safety requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 (Annex II) – which states that the CE marking is obligatory in order to offer it for sale. Our safety footwear is category II Personal Protective Equipment and is certified by the notified body RICOTEST No. 0498, Via Tione 9 – 37010 Pastrengo VR – Italy (www.ricotest.com).

CE The “CE” marking means the product complies with the Health and Safety requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425.
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EN ISO 20345:2011 European Reference Standard EN ISO 20345:2011– basic and additional (optional) requirements for safety footwear used for general purpose with toecaps designed to give protection against impact (200J) and compression (15 kN). The standard includes, amongst other things, mechanical risks, slip resistance, thermal risks and ergonomic behaviour.
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Protection symbols

Symbol(s) indicating the protection provided and/or, if necessary, the appropriate class.

Class I = footwear made from leather and other materials, but not all-rubber or all-polymeric types;

SB Basic safety with “200J” toecap

OB Basic requirements

As well as the basic requirements, further features may be needed for both safety footwear and work footwear. The additional requirements for special applications are represented by Symbols (see table 1) and/or Categories (table 2). The Categories are the most common combinations for the basic and additional requirements.

Tab. 1






Sole penetration resistance

≥ 1100 N


Heel energy absorption

≥20 J


Antistatic footwear

between 0.1

and 1000 MΩ


Conductive footwear

< 0.1MΩ


Water resistant upper

≥ 60 min.


Sole complex insulation against cold

Test at - 17° C


Sole complex insulation against heat

Test at 150° C


Resistance of the outersole to hot contact

Tests at 300° C


Resistance of the outersole to fuel oil contact

≤ 12 %


Water resistance

≤ 3 cm2


Metatarsal protection (for EN ISO 20345 only)

≥ 40 mm



Ankle bone protection

≤ 10 kN


Cut resistance of the upper

≥ 2.5 (index)

Protection category supplied Tab. 2


SB + closed heel area + E + A + FO


S1 + WRU


S2 + P + sole with cleats


OB + closed heel area + E + A


O1 + WRU


O2+ P + sol with cleats

Slip resistance symbols

SRA Slip resistance on a standard ceramic floor with lubricant water + detergent Heel min. 0,28
Flat min. 0,32
SRB Slip resistance on a steel floor with glycerol lubricant Heel min. 0,13
Flat min. 0,18

2. Material and workmanship

All materials used, whether natural or synthetic, as well as the working techniques applied, have been chosen to satisfy the needs of European technical standards in terms of safety, ergonomics, comfort, robustness and harmlessness.

Checks to be made before wearing

this footwear only satisfies the safety requirements if worn correctly and if in good condition. Before using it check the overall condition and cleanliness; then make sure it is suitable and try it on, choosing the correct size. If the footwear is not in good condition (if there is visible damage such as for example split seams, cracks, excessive wear) it must be changed. The manufacturer declines all responsibility for damage and/or any consequences deriving from improper use.

- If the shoes should have a toecap and e anti-penetration plate, check they are present before putting them on

Intended use

The employer is responsible in the eyes of the Law for the suitability of the PPE use for the type of risk present in the workplace and the relative working conditions. Before using the footwear, the features of the type chosen should be checked for the specific job in hand

Recommended use:

all working activities that require the use of safety footwear as standard with a protective steel toecap – anti-penetration plate – non-slip and anti-static sole – (factories in general – mechanical engineering – farming – electrical and hydraulic installations – warehousing – working on moving machinery etc. etc.).

Andrew safety footwear for professional use is specifically designed for comfort and safety based on the daily needs of workers in the different industries.

Wider steel toecaps are used along with a series of constructional features aimed at making the footwear extremely comfortable, especially for those who spend most of their day on their feet.

The symbols and categories marked on our products help users to choose the most suitable PPE for the type of risk present as specified below:

• impact and/or crushing toes: all footwear certified EN ISO 20345

• impact of the heel on the ground: footwear marked SB-E, S1-S2-S3, OB-E, O1-O2-O3

• slipping: all footwear

• cold: footwear marked CI

• heat: footwear marked HI

• water: footwear marked WRU (water-repellent upper) or WR (water resistant footwear)

• heat through contact with the ground: marked HRO (heat resistant outsole)

• electrostatic charges: footwear marked A, S1-S2-S3, O1-O2-O3

• ankle protection: AN

• penetration of the shoe sole: footwear marked SB-P, S1-P, S3, OB-P, O1-P, O3.

• oil resistant: FO, S1, S3, S3

• other risks according to the specific markings

3. Warning and limitations of use

- Our footwear is not suitable for protection against any risks not expressly mentioned in this Information sheet and in particular those that fall into Category III Personal Protective Equipment.

- No footwear is able to guarantee total protection from all possible impacts or penetrations.

- Maximum adhesion to the ground is generally reached after a certain period of “breaking in” new footwear (just like the tyres on a car) to remove residual silicone, release agents and any other surface irregularities of a physical and/or chemical type.

- The slip resistance may also vary depending on how worn the sole is; compliance with the specifications will not however guarantee the prevention of slipping under every condition.

- The resistance to penetration has been measured in the laboratory using a nail with a tapered shank 4.5 mm in diameter and a with a force of 1100 N (approx. 112kg). Greater forces or nails of a smaller diameter increase the risk of penetration. Under these circumstances it is better to consider alternative protection measures.

- Two types of anti-penetration midsole are currently available: metal and non-metal. Both of these satisfy minimum requirements for resistance to penetration set by the standard marked on the footwear, but each one has its own advantages or disadvantages, including:

o Metal midsole: the risk is less dependent upon the shape of the penetrating object (e.g. diameter, geometry, sharpness) but, due to the constructional limitation of the footwear, it does not cover the entire sole area of the footwear.

o Non-metal midsole: this may be lighter, more flexible and cover a greater area compared to the metal midsole, but the resistance to penetration may vary more dependent on the shape of the penetrating object (e.g. diameter, geometry, sharpness).

- The choice must be based on an assessment of the risk under the actual working conditions.

- For more information on the anti-penetration midsoles fitted to your footwear, contact the manufacturer or the supplier named in these instructions.

4. Care and durability of the product

To prevent safety footwear from deteriorating, it must be moved and stored in its own original box, somewhere dry and not too hot.

If kept under the correct conditions (light, temperature and relative humidity), the obsolescence of the footwear, starting from the date of manufacture, is generally estimated to be:

- 10 years for footwear with a leather upper, rubber and thermoplastic (such as SEBS, etc) and EVA

- 5 years for footwear that incorporates PVC

- 3 years for footwear that incorporates PU and TPU

5. Antistatic footwear

Antistatic footwear should be used when electrostatic charges need to be dissipated to stop them from building up - in order to prevent the risk of fire breaking out due for example to flammable substances and fumes – and where the risk of electric shock from electrical equipment or other live elements has not been completely eliminated. It should however be noted that antistatic footwear cannot guarantee adequate protection against electric shock by merely introducing an electrical resistance between the foot and the ground. If the risk of electric shock has not been completely eliminated, additional measures will also be necessary. These measures, as well as the additional tests listed below, should be part of periodic checks on the procedures for preventing accidents in the workplace.

Experience has shown that for antistatic purposes the discharge path through a product must have, under normal conditions, an electrical resistance of less than 1000 MΩ at any time during the life of a product. A value of 100 KΩ is set as the product lower resistance limit when brand new, in order to ensure a certain degree of protection

against dangerous electric shock or against fire in the event of defects in electrical equipment working at voltages of up to 250V. However, users should be informed that under certain conditions the protection given by the footwear may be ineffective and so other methods should be used to protect the wearer at any time. The electrical resistance of this type of footwear may change considerably by flexing, contamination or humidity. This type of footwear will not serve its intended purpose if worn and used under damp conditions. Consequently, it must be ensured that the product is able to carry out its function of dissipating electrostatic charges and to provide a certain degree of protection during its entire lifetime. The user is advised to carry out an electrical resistance test on site and to use it at frequent and regular intervals. Class I footwear may absorb humidity if worn for long periods; in such cases, as well as in wet conditions, it may become conductive.

If the footwear is used under such conditions that the material used for the sole becomes contaminated, wearers must always check the electrical properties of the footwear before entering a risk area.

While wearing antistatic footwear, it must be ensured the sole resistance does not cancel out the protection provided by the footwear.

While in use, no insulating element must be introduced between the outsole of the footwear and the wearer’s foot. If an insole is introduced between the sole and the foot, the electrical properties of the footwear/insole combination must be checked.

6. Removable insole

If the safety footwear has a removable insole, the ergonomic and protective properties refer to the footwear complete with its insole. Always use footwear with the insole! Only replace the insole with an equivalent type from the original supplier.

Safety footwear without removable insoles must be used without an insole, because adding an insole could have a negative impact on the protective properties.

7. Disposal

The durability of the product depends on how it is used, how well and often it is cleaned and the consequent degradation of the materials.

Once the working life of the footwear has ended, do not dispose of it in the environment: please observe the environmental regulations for your country and dispose of it responsibly. The regulations for disposing of waste can be obtained from local authorities.

8. Certification UE per DPI

In accordance with EN ISO 17249:2013

Suitable for woodsmen, foresters, wood workers, farmers, gardeners, tree climbers, builders and similar activities



Shoes for professional use are considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPR). They are therefore subject to the requirements of EEC Directive 89/686 (as amended), implemented in Italy with Leg. Decree no 475/92 (as amended) - which requires affixing of the CE marking for their marketing. Our safety shoes are Category III Personal Protective Equipment subject to CE Certification by RICOTEST Notified Body (certificate N. 0498), Via Tione 9 – 37010 Pastrengo VR – Italy. (www.ricotest.com), and subject to the type conformity assessment procedure based on internal production control together with product tests carried out under official control at periodic intervals (form C2) under the supervision of the RICOTEST notified body (no. 0498)

WARNING: As well as the basic requirements prescribed by this standard, the safety footwear must satisfy one of the following performance levels according to the speed of the saw used:

LEVEL 1: resistance with saw speed of 20 meters per second

LEVEL 2: resistance with saw speed of 24 meters per second

LEVEL 3: resistance with saw speed of 28 meters per second

No personal protective equipment can guarantee 100% protection against chainsaw cuts. Resistance to chainsaw cutting is tested in laboratory conditions on the front part of the shoes (area of the tongue and toe); nevertheless, injuries may occur in the areas mentioned.

In any case, experience has shown that equipment can be designed that offers a certain degree of protection. Some functional principles tat can be used to provide protection include:

- sliding of the chain on contact, so that it does not cut the materials;

- accumulation of fibres that, ones entered into the chain gearing, cause it to stop;

- slowing down of the chain by means of fibres with high cutting resistance that are able to absorb kinetic energy, and therefore reduce the speed of the chain.

More than one principle is often applied. It is recommended to choose the shoes based on the speed of the chainsaw. The choice of PPE must overlap with the protected areas of shoes and trousers.

Notes for shoes with puncture-resistant plate (P Marking):

The shoe’s resistance to puncture was measured in the laboratory using a nail with a diameter of 4.5 mm and an applied force of 1100 N. Higher forces and nails of a smaller diameter increase the risk of puncture. Alternative preventive measurements must be considered in these circumstances.


ON LABEL SEWN ONTO THE TONGUE: CE, name of manufacturer, article, month/year of manufacture, size, reference standard, additional safety symbols.

ONTO THE OUTSIDE OF THE UPPER (branded or specific sew-on patch). Pictogram “Chainsaw cutting” and level obtained. Our shoes do not provide protection against risks not covered in this Information Note and in particular, those that fall within Category III Personal Protective Equipment, as defined in Legislative Decree no. 475 of 04/12/1992

This footwear bears the following marks:

CE 0498: marking to show conformity with Regulation 2016/425 and the no. of the Notified Body responsible for inspecting the product every year, the manufacturer’s name, the reference standard and performance level; additional safety symbols, article code, month and year of production; size.

On the outside of the upper: the pictogram prescribed by this standard and the performance level achieved in the test:

conforming to the basic requirements of standard EN ISO 17249:2013, safety footwear with resistance to chainsaw cutting (Tab. 1-2-3-4 of EN ISO 17249:2013)

Performance level achieved by the footwear in test: “3” (speed of test chainsaw 28 m/s) +

Additional requirements: P = resistance to penetration of the sole of the footwear.

The footwear is marked on the outside of the upper with the following pictogram:


Checking the footwear by the user

A.1 – General introduction

The following list and relative drawings can help the user to check the condition of the footwear.

A.2 – Criteria for checking the condition of the footwear

Safety footwear with resistance against chainsaw cutting must be checked/inspected at regular intervals, or at least before each use, and must be changed when any of the following signs of wear are noticed.

Some of these criteria may vary depending on the type of footwear and the materials used:

- the start of physical wear or marked and deep cuts in the middle of the upper (Fig. a);

- strongly worn upper, especially around the toecap (Fig. b);

- cut or damaged seams due to contact, e.g. with the chainsaw (Fig. c );

- the sole has splits or cuts longer than 10 mm. and deeper than 3 mm. (Fig. d);

- the upper is separated from the sole by more than 10mm – 15 mm. in length and 5 mm. in width (depth);

- height of cleats in the flexing area less than 1.5 mm. (Fig. e);

- original midsole (if present): must not be severely twisted or broken;

- the inside of the footwear should be checked manually every now and then, to check for any tears in the lining or for any sharp edges of toecaps that may cause injury (Fig. f)


Forest working, Wood cutting, Timber industry, Farming, Construction work; for professional or amateur use to protect the feet while using a chainsaw.