Purpose-built work boots are designed to meet or exceed standards set forth by individual companies, as well as state and federal standards for occupational safety. Particular industries rigorously enforce certain standards given hazards unique to those work environments. This page will cover two of the most common sets of standards: ASTM and CSA.
ASTM (AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS)
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, a preeminent source for technical documentation for industries world wide announced that the former ANSI Z41 Standard for Personal Protection Protective Footwear was withdrawn in 2005. It was replaced by two new ASTM standards, titled F2413-11 Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection and F2412-11 Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection. These new standards provide safety and performance standards previously put forward by ANSI since 1967.
For more information, visit the ASTM website at www.astm.org
CSA (CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION)
A National Standard of Canada approved March 2003
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was chartered in 1919 and is a non-profit, voluntary
membership association engaged in standards development and certification activities. The standards are used widely by industry and commerce and often adopted by municipal, provincial and federal governments in their regulations.
CSA Standard Z195, Protective Footwear, covers the design and performance requirements for protective footwear, including toe protection, sole puncture protection, electric-shock resistant soles and other requirements relating to metatarsal protection and general stability of the footwear.
For more information, visit the CSA website at www.csa.ca