Three ASTM Footwear Standards Revised, Aligned

One of the revised standards covers test methods for foot protection (F2412). The others are specifications for performance requirements for both safety toe cap footwear (F2413) and soft-toe (non-safety) protective footwear (F2892).

Recently approved revisions to three ASTM International footwear standards align them with each other, which will help test laboratories and users have greater confidence that product conformance reports include the most current corresponding data for both testing and performance.

One of the revised standards covers test methods for foot protection (F2412). The others are specifications for performance requirements for both safety toe cap footwear (F2413) and soft-toe (non-safety) protective footwear (F2892).

ASTM International's F13 committee on pedestrian/walkway safety and footwear made these updates:

  • Updated section on protective toe types and testing
  • Improved definitions of product categories
  • Stipulated information required to be part of product conformance testing

According to ASTM International member Bill Ells, vice president of sales at Vibram USA, the revised standards will be used by shoe and boot manufacturers, testing laboratories, and safety directors who are responsible for safety-footwear compliance for employees.

The committee's next meeting will take place Jan. 28-29, 2019, in Houston.

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