Specification Authorities

Footwear for professionals is designed to protect the wearer from injuries that could arise within specific working sectors.

Classification II refers to vulcanised rubber and fully moulded polymeric material (eg. PVC, polyurethane and thermoplastic rubber).

Specifications cover the dimension of the footwear, sole, upper materials and all safety components.

As an ISO 9001 accredited company, Wayne have adopted the ISO 20345 specification as a benchmark. It is the most widely adopted standard for this category of footwear. More than often, other countries standards are either identical or very similar. In some cases the test methods are different and therefore yield different results. However, in spite of these different test methods individual components still comply with the various specifications. Where a component does not comply with a given specification this will be highlighted.

(CE)

EUROPEAN STANDARD
(NORME EUROPEENE)
EN

CE marking (also known as CE mark) is a mandatory conformance mark placed on many products destined for the European market. The marking certifies that a product has met European Directives regarding consumer safety, health or environmental requirements. By affixing the CE marking to a product, the manufacturer declares that it meets EU safety and health and environmental requirements.

Wayne A Division of BBF Safety Group  (PTY) Ltd complies with ISO 20345: 20345:2011 (Directive 89/686/ECC) requirements for personal protective equipment PPE (category II) in terms of durability, comfort and slip resistance.

AUS/ NZ

CERTIFICATE NO. SMK 1529
QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVICES (SAI GLOBAL)
(QAS)
AUSTRALIA

This Standard’s Mark™ is a recognised symbol for reliability, quality assurance, and safety.

Standards Australia has produced a new edition of

  • AS/NZS, 2210.3: 2009- Occupational protective footwear- Specification for Safety footwear. (ISO20345:2004, MOD)
  • AS/NZS 2210.5 2009- Occupational protective footwear – Specification for Occuaptional footwear (ISO 20347:2004, MOD)

Annual audits are conducted on site by specialised SAI- Global Auditors in compliance to the SAI Global Product Compliance Program and TS2210.05 Technical Schedule for Occupational and Safety Footwear.

By applying this Standards Mark to our footwear, warrants that the product meets all relevant requirements of this specified Standard.

SABS

SOUTH AFRICAN BUREAU OF STANDARDS
(SABS)

The SABS conducts 2 annual ISO 9001: 2008 Audits including 2 annual Mark Bearing Scheme Permit Audit.

Specifications and Compliance
Dimensions

All Wayne footwear complies with international dimensional specifications for this category of footwear. This ensures maximum comfort and protection to the feet throughout the life of the product.

STEEL TOE CAPS
Toe caps shall fulfil the requirements of EN 12568: 2010 4.2.2.2

Impact resistance
200 joules ±4 (EN ISO 20345: 5.3.2.3)

Compression resistance
Withstands a compression load of 15 kN ±1 (EN ISO20345 : 5.32.2.4)

Corrosion resistance
Complies to EN ISO20345: 5.3.2.5.1)

STAINLESS STEEL MIDSOLES
Penetration resistance 1100 N in accordance with EN ISO20345: 6.2.1.1.1

(CSA requires penetration resistance of 1200 N and provision can be made for this if required.)

Dimensions
Fits within 6.5mm of the feather edge of the last all round. In the heel area, the maximum distance of the feather edge of the last shall be 17mm

Flex resistance in EN ISO20345 6.2.1.4

Corrosion resistance
Complies with EN ISO20345 : 6.2.1.5.1

Bonding
PVC coating ensures a unitary bond between steel midsole and PVC component. This ensures that flexing and distortion of the footwear in use will not cause the midsole to move and damage the boot.

Anti-static footwear should be used to minimise electrostatic build-up by dissipating electrostatic charges. So, for example, when handling explosives or when the possibility of electric shock exists.

This type of footwear does not guarantee protection from electroshock because it only offers resistance between the wearer’s foot and the floor. Users must ensure that adequate safety measures are in place and that on-going checks are conducted on all aspects of the working environment. In addition, users must develop and carry out regular and frequent safety checks and tests on the footwear.

To optimise safety, it is important that the user complies with the anti-static usage instructions, supplied with the footwear.

Flex resistance
Cut growth less than 4 mm before 30 000 flexes cycles in accordance with EN ISO 20345 6.2.1.4

Abrasion resistance
Complies with EN 345: 4.8.4 when tested with method A of ISO 4649: 1985 for polymeric material.

SLIP RESISTANCE
WHEN TESTED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH ISO 20344:2011, 5.11 SAFETTY FOOTWEAR SHALL CONFORM TO 5.3.5.2, 5.3.5.3 OR 5.3.5.4

5.3.5.2 slip resistance on ceramic floor with sodium lauryl sulphate (NaLS) SRA

5.3.5.3 slip resistance on steel floor with glycerine (SRB)

5.3.5.4 slip resistant to with sodium lauryl sulphate (NaLS) and on steel floor with glycerine (SRC)

PROTECTION FROM FATS, OILS, ACIDS AND CHEMICALS

Resistance to fuel oil (EN ISO 20345:2011 6.4.2) –tested in accordance with ISO 20344:2011 8.6.1

In accordance with ISO 20345:2011 only the sole and not the upper is tested for fats, oils and chemical resistance. Compliance is achieved using a PVC/Nitrile blended compound. When the same PVC/Nitrile blend is used in the upper of the boot similar resistance to fats, oils and chemicals is achieved.

Specifications cannot be established for all fats, oils, acids and chemicals. This is due to the infinite variety of concentrations, temperatures, working environments, duration of exposure, care of footwear etc. Tests need to be conducted in the specific working environment the footwear will be subjected to. As a basic guideline a “Chemical Resistance Chart” is be provided.

DURABILITY

No specification exists to define durability. However, the interests of the user are taken into account in the specifications that “Safety Footwear for Professional Use” has to comply with. These are detailed above.

Wayne’s range of footwear achieves maximum durability by employing the latest design features and the highest quality materials available. This is a tradition which comes from years of satisfying the stringent demands of the mining industry.

This has been achieved through:

  • Ensuring distribution of material in the boot is concentrated where required for strength and durability, while minimised elsewhere to achieve a balance between optimum life and comfort.
  • Toe spring designed to minimise flex cracking in the toe region, which is subject to the greatest stress.
  • Nitrile rubber/PVC blends provide maximum resistance to chemical degradation and maximum abrasion and slip resistance where required.

NB: Life of footwear is greatly affected by proper cleaning after use.

CARE OF BOOTS

In hot conditions like underground mining, foot hygiene is especially important. After all, the combination of warmth and sweat can become a breeding ground for bacteria or germs. The ideal solution is to clean your boots as often as possible.

For best results, clean your boots as described below and make use of good quality cotton socks to absorb sweat. Ensure you wear a clean pair each day.

All Wayne gumboots come with a knitted nylon sock liner instead of a brushed nylon liner. This helps prevent the absorption of moisture and makes it easy to clean the inside. Whereas, brushed nylon liners make it more difficult to clean inside the boot and take longer to dry.

  • Clean the exterior of the boot with mild soap and water. Never use chemicals or solvents as these will extract the plasticisers and make the boot brittle, causing it to crack. A mild disinfectant may be used in the interior of the boot but then the boot must be rinsed thoroughly.
  • To remove soil build-up in the sole tread pattern use mild soap and water and a scrubbing brush.
  • The interior of the boot should be washed with mild detergent which will both clean and deodorise. The nylon sock liner is designed to minimise liquid absorption and dry more quickly.

Place the boot where air circulation can assist drying, like outside in the fresh air. However, never use heat to accelerate the drying process.