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Protecting feet against hazards in the workplace is key. The footwear you choose for your employees should meet legal standards, be appropriate for the task, the individual, and the environment in which they are working. It must also be used and cared for correctly by those who are wearing them. Employers are legally responsible for providing the correct footwear as part of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.

We understand that it can be confusing to decide what safety footwear is suitable for your workers, so we’ve put together this guide on the main safety footwear standard to help. 

What is EN ISO 20345?

The full name is EN ISO 20345:2011 Personal Protective Equipment – Safety Footwear and this is the standard that all styles classified as ‘safety footwear’ are tested to. It was formerly referred to as EN345, but this was replaced by EN ISO 20345:2004. EN ISO 20345:2007 was the next revision, followed by EN ISO 20345:2011, which is the current version of this standard. This will be superseded by ISO/WD 20345 In due course, which is still in development.

 The EN ISO 20345:2011 standard sets out new tougher minimum requirements than previous versions. It specifies that ALL safety footwear must have toe protection and also specifies a standard of 200 joules impact resistance (equivalent to a 20kg weight dropped 1020mm onto the toes), and a 15KN compression test (equivalent to 1.5 tonnes resting on the toe area). 

All safety footwear manufactured after the 31st July 2013 must meet this standard. However, this doesn’t mean that footwear made before that date is now of no use, but that those produced after that date will meet the new tougher standard.

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Appointed Giasco Srl Exclusive UK Distributors for all Hard Rock Dielectric Shoes

We are pleased to announce that Boddingtons Electrical Ltd have been appointed an exclusive UK distributor for all Dielectric Insulating Shoes including models like Volt, Franklin, Ampere, Tesla, Edison and Hertz.

Hard Rock Dielectric is the specific shoe for people who work with electrical cables and are more exposed to a danger of electrocution. This is possible thanks to the e rubber compound of the shoe which assures a complete protection from the discharges from the ground.

Boddingtons Electrical have also access to the full range of Hard Rock Antistatic safety shoes with Category Classes from S1-S3.  Hard Rock Antistatic is a shoe born to face the most extreme working conditions thanks to its rubber outsole. It has been studied to assure the maximum resistance to the most difficult weather conditions (from -35°C to 300°C) and the maximum protection against external cutting bodies (ex. slipperies, etc.).

Understanding Arc Flash Personal Protection (PPE) Categories

Whether to wear arc-rated personal protection equipment (PPE) is not a personal decision. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) directs employers to supply PPE and for employees to wear the supplied PPE if hazards exist. An arc flash risk assessment can indicate whether such PPE is needed. The analysis also needs to be documented.

Boddingtons Electrical have 2 Modula Lift Vertical Storage Systems

Boddingtons Electrical Ltd are at the fore front of technology and use 2 Modula Lift Vertifical Storage Systems to store our industrial products, components or spare parts.


A workman is only as good as his tools, and this is true of insulated ones too! As with any tools, it’s essential to check your insulated ones are safe to use by carrying out routine checks and precautions. Here is a short checklist to ensure yours are safe to use

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