There is considerable confusion in the industry and many presume steel caps are required when it comes to safety footwear. However, this is not necessarily correct. We do urge you to check your company’s requirements as more often than not, composite safety caps are suitable.
Choosing the safety toe that best suits you is really dependent on your role so we suggest to research what will suit you best and check your company’s OHS requirements, particularly if you work in construction or mining.
Steel and composite safety caps are tested and certified to the same compliance standards and there are 2 formal tests that both safety caps must perform to .. impact testing to 200 joules and compression testing 15Kn pressure at a set speed.
Advantages of composite toe cap ~
• Tested and certified to AS/NZ , EN and ASTM standards (impact and compression resistant)
• Lightweight ~ significantly lighter than steel cap
• Metal free
• Airport friendly
• Electrically non conductive (more suited for electrical use)
• Extreme temperature resistant ~ insulative against heat and cold (perfect for freezer work or in cold climates)
Advantages of steel toe cap ~
• Tested and certified to AS/NZ, EN and ASTM standards (impact and compression resistant)
• Better puncture resistance (eg. nail gun)
• Better cut resistance (eg. power saw)
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