Two European directives regard Personal Protective Equipment:
- 89/686 CE concerning design, defines the manufacturer's obligations
- 89/656 CE, concerning use, defines the obligations of companies and employees.
Protective safety footwear for work is part of the PPE requirement.
The manufacturer's obligations
Jallatte®'s safety footwear has passed the certification procedures based on European standards, as proven by the CE label.
Each box contains a booklet explaining the risks covered. Jallatte® also establishes a declaration of conformity for each model.
It is forbidden to print on PPE, its box and any related document, any marking or text which could conflict with the markings established in the Certification Procedures. (Art. R233.50.1).
The employer's obligations and responsibilities
In addition to the priority placed on the collective protection, the directive establishes a health and safety obligation.
The employer must:
- limit the risks that cannot be prevented by collective protection
- choose the PPE best adapted and most appropriate to the risks
- choose the PPE that is compatible with the work to be performed and the principles of ergonomics
- ensure PPE is available for the workers
- ensure PPE is correctly used
- provide free of charge PPE for use in the workplace where a risk is posed
- ensure that they are in good working order, hygienic and well-maintained
- for some PPE, ensure general, periodic checks are carried out
- provide information, training, and instructions for the utilisation of PPE and the risks covered
- establish guidelines for using PPE
- PPE does not constitute a perk
- the employee's responsibility to wear PPE is secondary (omission in wearing PPE) compared to the legal responsibility of the employer to ensure their employees wear PPE.
All Jallatte® footwear is Class II PPE (protection against major risks). Therefore, all the shoes and boots undergo CE type tests carried out by an approved European authority.
The CE certification is valid throughout Europe and is obtained on the basis of the analyses and tests made for the type, following EN ISO 20344 regulation, of the technical documents and of the information note.
The EN ISO 20344, 20345, 20346 and 20347 standards were published in August 2004 and then updated in 2007 by CEN (European Standard Committee) and from this date, they have been taking effect throughout Europe.
Gradually, these standards are going to replace the EN 345, EN 346, EN 347 standards.
All new product will have to be tested against these new standards.
(As for Standards : EN ISO 20344, 20345, 20346, 20347, the symbol "ORO" has been substituted by the symbol "FO").
The models already tested and certifed against EN 345-1 to EN 347-1 are valid without time limit.
Safety footwear EN ISO 20345 - category S
(from the English: SAFETY). These are provided with toe caps made to give protection against impacts up to an energy level of 200 joules and against the risk of crushing with a maximum load of 15.000 N.
Protective footwear EN ISO 20346 - category P
(from the English: PROTECTION). These are provided with toe caps made to give protection against impacts up to an energy level of 100 joules and against the risk of crushing with a maximum load of 10.000 N.
Occupational footwear EN ISO 20347 - category O
(from the English: OCCUPATIONAL). They are not provided with protective toe caps.
|Protection symbol||Footwear features||EN ISO 20345:2007||EN ISO 20346:2007||EN ISO 20347:2007|
|Footwear toe cap protection against 200 j impact||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Resistance to fuel oil of outsole||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||-||-||-||-|
|E||Heel Energy Absorption||0||X||X||X||0||X||X||X||0||X||X||X|
|WRU||Water resistant upper||0||-||X||X||0||0||X||X||0||-||X||X|
|IS||Electrical isolation footwear||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|HI||Insulation from heat||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|CI||Insulation from cold||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|CR||Cut resistance of upper||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|HRO||Resistance to hot contact of outsole||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Outsole Slip Resistance
EN Standard: EN ISO 2034X:2004 + COR.1:2007 + A1:2007 (where X stands for: 5 or 6 or 7)
|Marking Symbol||Standard requirements|
Test ground: ceramic
Lubricant: water and detergent
≥ 0,32 flat footwear
≥ 0,28 footwear with a 7° heel
Test ground: steel
≥ 0,16 flat footwear
≥ 0,12 footwear with a 7° heel
≥ 0,18 flat footwear
≥ 0,13 footwear with a 7° heel
|SRC||Both requirements stated above|