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Industry Standards

Steel-Toe Boots –Traditionally made of steel, the reinforcement can also be made of a composite material, a plastic such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or even aluminum. Occupation safety and health legislation or insurance requirements may require the use of such boots in some settings, and may mandate certification of such boots and the display of such certification directly on the boots. The markings on the boot label will indicate the national or international standards that the boot was intended to meet, and identify the level of protection offered for impact, penetration, electric shock, and chemical hazards. Footwear for use in chemical processing or semiconductor manufacturing may also be rated to dissipate static electricity while still protecting the wearer from electric shock.

Composite material -is a material made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components. The individual components remain separate and distinct within the finished structure. The new material may be preferred for many reasons common examples include; materials which are stronger, lighter, or less expensive when compared to traditional materials.

Metguard– Metatarsal injuries are painful and require a long recovery, and steel toe boots don’t protect your metatarsals. Metguard is a thermal plastic urethane shield made with PORON XRD technology. It overlays the steel box toe and runs to the top of the instep, for armor-like protection of your metatarsals.

FR Clothing- Electric arcs pose some of the most serious safety hazards for electric power industry workers. Arc blast or flash hazards include high temperatures (hotter than the surface temperature of the sun) over short periods of time (fractions of a second), hot gases, an intense pressure wave from the explosion (like having a hand grenade explode inches away), and shrapnel from vaporized and molten metal particles. Arc-related injuries can range from minor to severe burns, blindness, hearing and memory loss from the pressure wave, broken bones, or death. When a worker is exposed to an arc, the clothing they wear may play a large role in the severity of the potential injury.

In the United States, the applicable standard for protective footwear is ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) standards ASTMF 2412-05, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and ASTMF 2413-05, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection. OSHA requires compliance of ANSI Z41.1-1991, “American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear.”

Justin is the industry leader when it comes to foot protection. Their steel toe and composite boots meet or exceed the ASTM F2413-11, 175, C75 standard. The style and comfort of Justin’s Original Work Boots are second to none.