Amblers Safety is a leading British safety footwear brand, providing all day comfort and quality. With over 30 years' expertise, they know how to protect you at work with footwear you can rely on. TOUGH WORKING COMFORT.
Amblers Safety footwear is divided by three main ratings:
Heavy duty boots are engineered for hazardous worksites with predominantly outdoor environments where workers are exposed to all sorts of weather conditions and terrains. Footwear requirements may include temperature resistant soles, puncture resistant footwear, and/or water penetration resistant leather uppers.
Light duty safety boots are designed for both indoor and outdoor environments on a variety of work surfaces. These tend to be lightweight footwear with toe protection. Amblers Safety gives the choice of functional boots as well as those with casual style or formal footwear that meet all the safety requirements necessary.
Amblers Safety service footwear tends to be shoes, trainers or ankle boots with toe protection that offer the wearer all day comfort. The soles would need to offer a good level of slip-resistance for all types of surfaces.
CHOOSING THE CORRECT FOOTWEAR
Both men and women should wear safety shoes and boots appropriate for the job and designed specifically to protect feet. Footwear needs to be appropriate to the occupation, the working environment and feet. Please be aware that the footwear specified for industries within this site are a suggested guide only and it is recommended that customers seek the advice of their employer or workplace safety representative should they have any queries prior to purchase.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 explains clearly that the employer has to provide a safe working environment. In addition, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also require employers to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment on health and safety of their workers. If any risks are found then they must be removed or reduced.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1999 also say that, if a risk has been identified and cannot be controlled any other way, then protective equipment must be provided. This includes footwear. If an employer provides protective equipment, such as footwear, then it must be provided free of charge and there must be instructions on how to use it safely.
Wherever special footwear is provided the employer must make sure that it fits properly and should allow the toes wiggle room (about 1cm gap between the longest toe and the end of the shoe). Even if safety footwear is not required then the employer should give advice on appropriate footwear. Safety shoes need to be comfortable and correctly fitted.
Dress Codes – The Amblers Safety range facilitates for work-places that enforce a dress code that includes footwear. There are ranges that start from ladies sizes 2 through to a size 15. It is the responsibility of the workplace safety representative to ensure that the dress codes do not prevent staff from wearing comfortable, healthy footwear, suitable to the day-to-day tasks.
FOOTWEAR OPTIONS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Water Resistance – If you are likely to be in areas exposed to harsh outdoor weather conditions on a daily basis we recommend footwear with a rating of W/P which means that the footwear is lined with a breathable, waterproof liner which prevents water penetrating through to the footwell. If you work in predominantly indoor environments which may include some minor outdoor work with light rainfall you may be happier with a water-resistant upper marked with a rating WR.
Heat Resistance – If you are likely to be exposed to flames we recommend a boot with a heat resistant outsole of at least 300°C. Some of our more specialist footwear has special features such as quick release mechanisms.
Underfoot Protection – If you work hazardous conditions where there is likely to be risks of hazards penetrating the underfoot, we recommend footwear with midsole protection with a penetration resistance of 1100 Newtons. Safety categories S3 and S5 feature a penetration resistant sole. However, if you do not require all the safety features in these categories SB, S1 and S2 may also include a safety midsole if it has the marking P.
Energy Absorbing Heel – A good choice of footwear ensures all day comfort, particularly if you are on harsh surfaces or wearing the footwear all day. Footwear with energy absorbing qualities in the heel strike area reduces the level of impact on the joints. Footwear with a rating of SB-E and S1 and above features heel energy absorption of 20 joules.
Underfoot Cut Resistance – If you work in environments where there is a risk from sharp objects we recommend footwear with TPU outsoles, nitrile rubber outsoles as well as vulcanised nitrile soles as these soles provide a high degree of cut resistance. You may also wish to have midsole protection within these industries.
Slip Resistance – One of the largest risk within the workplace comes from slips and trips. This can be caused by inappropriate footwear and the surface which you are working on. Amblers Safety footwear go through strict slip testing procedures where they are tested on a range of surfaces with slippery solutions applied. There are three ratings, the first rating is SRA which means it has been tested to be slip resistant on a ceramic wetted tile contaminated with a diluted soap solution and passed. The next option is SRB where the footwear has passed a slip test on a smooth steel surface contaminated with a dilute soap solution. The highest of these ratings is SRC which means it passes both SRA and SRB standards. If you work on a range of floor surfaces where there is particular risk of slips, or hazards from spills, Amblers Safety recommend footwear with this rating to ensure highest protection.
Hygiene – Water-repelling uppers have a special coating which repels water and solutions and allows the footwear to be wiped clean. Water-repellent footwear is marked SB-WR, S1-WR, S2, S3, S4 or S5.
Standing – Workers who are required to spend too much time on their feet are at a risk of pain and discomfort around their feet, legs, hips and lower back. There are a number of qualities you can look for in footwear to assist with pressure points. Look for footwear with an energy absorbing heel (rated SB-E, or S1 and above). How the sole is created can provide cushioning comfort through the day. A Rubber/EVA (also known as rubber/phylon) sole is created by injecting compressed ethylene vinyl acetate into a mould, which allows for light, flexible and resilient cushioning as well as providing a hardwearing rubber outer sole. Dual density PU has a similar effect by allowing for a harder outer layer of polyurethane and a softer inner layer to ensure comfort and durability. Rubber can also be combined with polyurethane in the midsole to offer cushioning comfort. Look also for padded collars and padded tongues at pressure points on the footwear. When picking footwear, allow for plenty of wiggle room in the forefoot and allow space for a removable cushioning insole (some footwear already has this provided), and space for workwear socks with dual density cushioning at the toe and heel.
Safety Categories and their meanings:
|Safety Category ||Meanings |
|SB ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression |
|S1 ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression. Antistatic and Energy absorbing heel. |
|S2 ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression. Antistatic and Energy absorbing heel. Water resistant upper. |
|S3 ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression. Antistatic and Energy absorbing heel. Water resistant upper. Penetration resistant sole. |
|S4 ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression. Antistatic and Energy absorbing heel. Waterproof polymer upper. |
|S5 ||Toe protection tested to 200 Joules impact and 15,000 Newtons compression. Antistatic and Energy absorbing heel. Waterproof polymer upper. Penetration resistant sole. |
|PB ||Toe protection tested to 100 Joules |
|OB ||No protective toe cap |
|Marking || |
|HRO ||Resistance to high heat 300ºc |
|FO ||Resistance to fuel of outsole |
|E ||Heel energy absorption 20 joules |
|P ||Penetration resistance 1100 newtons |
|CI ||Insulation against cold |
|HI ||Heat insulation of sole complex |
|WR ||Water resistant |
|WRU ||Water penetration resistant uppers |
|W/P ||Waterproof lined |
|A ||Antistatic range 100kΩ – 1000mΩ |
|M ||Metatarsal Protection |
|CR ||Cut Resistant Upper |
|AN ||Ankle Protection |
|SRA ||Passes SRA slip resistant standards: tested on ceramic wetted tile contamination with a diluted soap solution. |
|SRB ||Passes SRB slip resistant standards: tested on smooth steel contamination with glycerol. |
|SRC ||Passes SRC slip resistant standards: tested on ceramic tile contamination with a dilute soap solution and smooth steel contamination with glycerol. |
|Sole Material || || |
|N ||Nitrile Sole ||Nitrile rubber is a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is used in the protective industry due to its resistance to fuel and oils. Nitrile rubber is more resistant than natural rubber to oils and acids, but has inferior strength and flexibility and has greater puncture-resistance than natural rubber. |
|PU ||Polyurethane (PU) Sole ||Polyurethane is a synthetic soling material. It is flexible and lightweight. Resistant to 130°C heat, oil, low concentration acids/alkalis and solvents. |
|R ||Rubber Sole ||The material generally identified as rubber is actually vulcanised caoutchouc. Caoutchouc is produced from the latex sap collected from caoutchouc trees. Because unvulcanised caoutchouc breaks when cold and stinks when warm, it is vulcanised which also makes it into a durable raw material. Resistant to 200°C heat, oil, low concentration acids/alkalis and solvents.* (* If marked HRO then 300°c) |
|VR ||Vulcanised Rubber Sole ||Vulcanisation is a chemical process for converting rubber or related polymers into more durable materials. Heat and pressure cause the rubber to crosslink and expand which fully vulcanises the sole. The sole is moulded into a very specific outer sole shape. |
|DD ||Dual Density PU Sole ||Polyurethane is a synthetic soling material. With dual density, you are given an inner foam layer and harder outer layer to ensure comfort and durability. Resistant to 200°C heat, oil, low concentration acids/alkalis and solvents.* (* If marked HRO then 300°c) |
|PVC ||PVC Sole ||Polyvinyl Chloride is a water resistant polymer resistant to minerals, vegetable oil and fats, animal by-product, manure, disinfectants and various chemicals. Resistant to 90°C heat, oil, low concentration acids/alkalis and solvents. |
|PVN ||PVC/Nitrile Sole ||Polyvinyl Chloride is combined with the tough rigid material Nitrile to produce a harder wearing sole unit. Resistant to 100°C heat, oil, low concentration acids/alkalis and solvents |
|PH ||Phylon Sole ||Phylon is made of compressed ethylene vinyl acetate foam pellets that is expanded by heat and cooled in a mould. This provides the wearer light, flexible and resilient cushioning. |
|RPH ||Rubber/Phylon Sole ||Phylon is made of compressed ethylene vinyl acetate foam pellets that is expanded by heat and cooled in a mould. EVA is combined with rubber in the midsole for its light, flexible and resilient cushioning. |
|RPU ||Rubber outsole/PU Interlayer ||Rubber and polyurethane combining to ensure a hardwearing comfortable light sole. |
|TPU ||Thermo Plastic Urethane (TPU) Sole ||TPU provides a softer, more flexible material for high quality unit soles in hiking boots and safety footwear. TPU offers superior wear resistance and abrasion resistance. |
|Upper || |
|Leather ||Leather is a processed and refined natural product. The many positive properties of leather make it well suited as a material to make the majority of Amblers Safety footwear. It is chosen because of its durability, elasticity and its ability to keep its shape. Leather has an ability to hold heat whilst also resisting moisture. Leather boots are supportive and typically last longer and are a good choice when working in harsh conditions. |
|Leather/Mesh ||Leather/Mesh uppers is where the upper is crafted from a synthetic mesh material and overlaid with stitched leather. The benefits of having leather and mesh, allows for breathable footwear, particularly in industries where the wearer is on their feet all day. These materials can often be water-resistant treated, given longer life. Nylon mesh and leather combination boots are ideal for warmer weather because they are lightweight, flexible and breathable. |
|Action Leather ||Action leather is a polyurethane coated split grain leather that consists of a smooth surface and gives the appearance of full grain leather. |
|Action Leather/Mesh ||Combining action leather with a synthetic mesh allows for circulation of air. This material is lightweight and flexible. |
|Nubuck ||Nubuck is a top-grain rawhide leather giving strength, thickness and resistance to wear. It is a particularly fine leather that has been lightly sanded on the grain side and therefore been given a satiny character. Fine calfskins and cowhides are usually used for Nubuck leather. It is ideal in footwear because it remains water-resistant for a long time after waxing. The material is extremely supportive and a good choice for tough working comfort. |
|Suede ||Suede is a generic term for a type of leather with a roughened surface that is sanded onto the flesh or grain side of the leather. Suede is made from grainy hide or from flesh splits; the flesh side is sanded and lies on the outside. Suede flesh split hides are usually understood to mean that the side facing the grain side is worked. |
|PVC ||Polyvinyl Chloride is a water resistant polymer resistant to minerals, vegetable oil and fats, animal by-product, manure, disinfectants and various chemicals. |
|Nitrile ||Nitrile rubber is a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is used in the protective industry due to its resistance to fuel and oils. Nitrile rubber is more resistant than natural rubber to oils and acids, but has inferior strength and flexibility and has greater puncture-resistance than natural rubber. |
|Soft shell ||Soft Shell is a tightly woven fabric renowned for its breathability, and coated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. |
|Synthetic Leather ||These are materials other than genuine leather which are designed to look and function like leather. |
|Man-made ||Footwear produced using man-made materials. |
|Features || |
|Steel Midsole ||A steel shank in the midsole offers underfoot protection with a penetration resistance of 1100 newtons. |
|Composite Cap ||Non-metallic, lightweight protection to the toe cap. |
|Composite Midsole ||Non-metallic, lightweight underfoot protection. |
|Speed Lacing ||These are hooks at the top of the boot allowing the wearer to put on and remove footwear with speed and ease. |
|Pull on loop at rear ||Allows wearer to put on and remove footwear with speed and ease. |
|Side pull on loops ||Allows wearer to put on and remove footwear with speed and ease. |
|Goodyear Welt ||The upper and sole are heat-sealed and stitched together creating a durable last. Tough metal is used (similar to a staple) to fasten the upper and welt in the internal part of the shoe. |
|Bump Cap ||Protects the toe cap from damage and scuffing promoting longer wear. |
|Gusset Tongue ||Prevents debris from entering footwear |
|Padded Collar ||Provides wearer comfort and also protects the Achilles tendon |
|Padded tongue ||A padded tongue provides excellent wearing comfort and prevents painful pressure points on the foot. |
|Perforated upper ||Perforations provide air circulation in the shoe making the footwear comfortable to wear. |
|Metal Free ||Especially high demands are placed on protective footwear where the use of metal can be problematic. Safety shoes made with non-metallic components are a necessity, for example, working in industries with secured areas or airport sensors. The commonly used metal equipment is replaced by textile lacing elements or plastic eyelets, as well as by composite toe caps and midsoles. |
|Metatarsal Protection ||Protects the metatarsal area of the foot. |
|Heel kick panel ||A kick panel on the heel of the boot allows for quick and easy removal of footwear. |
|200g Warm-Lined ||Suitable for cool conditions or high activity levels. This degree of insulation would best serve those participating in activities that are more rigorous. |
|Side Zip ||Quick access side-zip allows wearer to put on and remove footwear with speed and ease. |
|Alignment loop on tongue ||Alignment of the tongue on footwear allows for comfortable wear at pressure points, preventing rubbing in the footwell. |
|Twin gusset ||Dual elasticated gussets for simple pull-on wear. |
|Antibacterial footbed ||Prevents the build-up of bacteria within the footwear giving longer product life. |
|Types of Eyelet || |
|D-Ring lace holds ||Industrial standard heavy duty metal D-Ring lace holds |
|Hexagonal eyelets ||Industrial standard heavy duty hexagonal metal eyelets |
|Non-metallic eyelets ||Non-metallic components are used in metal free footwear, eyelets are usually made of a heavy duty plastic or synthetic material. |
|Loop-lacing ||An alternative to eyelets, giving a lighter weight, non-metallic, heavy duty textile or synthetic lacing system. |
|Perforated eyelet ||The eyelets are perforated directly into the leather. Ideal for lighter duty environments. |