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New development sample assessment service for safety footwear

Toe cap testing


Toe cap testing

Helping shoemakers save money, time and reduce waste

18th August 2020

SATRA launches a development sample assessment service for safety footwear products to help shoemakers highlight any problems that could arise during certification before the whole shoe is made, thereby saving money and time in the manufacturing process. By using this service to test samples shoemakers can also improve their green credentials by reducing the waste of finished products that do not pass certification.

 Safety footwear, as well as being protective, must be compliant with legislation and standards. The level of protection provided by safety footwear must be both effective and consistent and this can only be achieved if the product is carefully designed and manufactured. By carrying out initial assessments of the design and construction and also slip resistance, impact and compression testing, the experts at SATRA can provide valuable feedback to shoemakers. This ensures the rest of the design and manufacture process complies with the safety footwear standards and the CE marking certification requirements, significantly lessening the necessity of expensive product recalls and the risk of litigation.

SATRA offers the complete range of safety footwear tests including EN ISO, ASTM, CSA, SANS, and AS/NZS standards. SATRA is a European Notified Body and has a team of experts on hand to help shoemakers through the process of the initial sample development tests. The team can advise promptly on the procedures which need to be followed to meet the requirements of the various standards. SATRA can cover slip resistance testing, abrasion testing, durability, comfort assessment, thermal and breathability rating, restricted chemical analysis tests as well as providing fitting and sizing assessments of safety footwear and motorcycle boots.

To find out more about the package prices available for the sample assessment service, email