Differences between Electrical Hazard and Static Dissipative Safety Shoes

 

Differences between Electrical Hazard and Static Dissipative Safety Shoes


Certain safety shoes protect against electrical charges—two of which are electrical hazard and static dissipative. These standards are set by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Testing and Materials. Specialty work safety shoes, when dealing with static electricity, must meet the provided standards to be certified and worn while working around electricity. This article will cover the differences between electrical hazard and static dissipative safety shoes.
 
Electrical Hazard Shoes
Shoes and boots with protection against electrical hazards must meet the American National Standards Institute standard ANSI Z41 PT99. This standard protects against hazards from open electrical circuits.
Safety shoes that protect against electrical hazards are frequently needed in jobs in or involving electrical engineering, welding and maintenance; or with any other job where an employee has the chance to be exposed to electrical hazards and currents.
The shoes themselves are designed to reduce electricity through blocking it, and therefore protect against electrocution. Since the barriers are located in the soles and impede the current from the ground, this differs from static dissipating safety shoes because they are built to reduce the amount of static electricity that has already built up around your body.
 
Static Dissipating Shoes
Static dissipating safety shoes must meet the standards outlined by American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM F2413-05. As mentioned, they reduce the static electricity that has already built up in and around your body—to do that, they actually conduct electricity through the insole and shoe lining and then transfer it to the ground—whereas electrical hazard shoes are designed to block the electricity in the first place.
 
These shoes are normally worn by people who manufacture units such as computer components or explosives, for example.
 
Our In-Store Selection
 
We have several safety shoes in stock that protect against electrical charges and dangers when working around electricity. Look for the  symbol to find safety shoes that protect against electrical hazards, and the Static Dissapating symbol to find static dissipating safety shoes.

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