STAINLESS STEEL MIDSOLES
Penetration resistance 1100 N in accordance with EN ISO20345: 22.214.171.124.1
(CSA requires penetration resistance of 1200 N and provision can be made for this if required.)
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 126.96.36.199
Complies with EN ISO20345 : 188.8.131.52.1
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.
Cut growth less than 4 mm before 30 000 flexes cycles in accordance with EN ISO 20345 184.108.40.206
Complies with EN 345: 4.8.4 when tested with method A of ISO 4649: 1985 for polymeric material.
WHEN TESTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ISO 20344:2011, 5.11 SAFETTY FOOTWEAR SHALL CONFORM TO 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 OR 22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 slip resistance on ceramic floor with sodium lauryl sulphate (NaLS) SRA
188.8.131.52 slip resistance on steel floor with glycerine (SRB)
184.108.40.206 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.
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.