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OSHA 29 CFR , which applies to the transmission, distribution, and generation of electricity, cites ASTM F shoes in the standards. ASTM F – Standard Specification for Dielectric Footwear has been updated. This specification covers acceptance testing of dielectric. All of Salisbury’s ASTM Dielectric Footwear conforms with ASTM F and all are % tested to the electrical hazard requirements of ASTM F at 20,

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ASTM Dielectric Footwear

Few guidelines exist on when and where to use the shoes in either standard. This is especially true for climbing poles, ladders, and stairs. Where insulated footwear is used as protection against step and touch potential, dielectric overshoes shall be required. Dielectric or Electrical Hazard levels.

ASTM F1117 Dielectric

The ASTM F standard covers minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and classification of protective footwear.

IndustrySafe is here to help. A deep heel is needed to climb safely, while the normal shallow heel works well for walking. If they are for acid protection, then they would need astn meet an applicable part of F It has wstm procedures that differ according to the section of the footwear tested. IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety f1117 providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

The last line is used only when more than three sections apply. Only dielectric footwear is listed in ASTM specification must be marked with the specific portion of the standard with which it complies.


When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.

This paper offers some assistance on which standards relate to which shoes. ASTM F Reapproved is the specification for dielectric footwear and is a quite stringent standard.

Third, look into the unique hazards of the work environment.

ASTM F Dielectric Footwear

All manufacturers and users recommend regular visual inspections and replacement when any sign of excessive wear exists. They also note that some utilities attempt to lessen the chances of sole degradation by stamping a date on the footwear and replacing them after one year or less, depending on the frequency of use. M in this case means the footwear is designed for a Male F would be Female. He has trained over 50, line-workers, managers, and electricians at large electric users and electric utilities and is a featured speaker at safety conferences.

The insulating protection of electrical hazard, safety-toe shoes may be compromised if the satm become wet, the soles are worn through, metal particles become embedded in the sole or heel, or workers touch conductive, grounded items. Dielectric DI Shoes ” C denotes compression resistance and the compression resistance rating 75 or 50, which correlate to 2, pounds and 1, pounds f117 compression, respectively. Only one boot and overshoe currently meets the F specification.

Each article of overshoe footwear shall be given a proof test and shall withstand the Hz ac proof-test voltage rms value or the dc proof-test voltage average value.


ASTM F – 03 Standard Specification for Dielectric Footwear

ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date. They designate conductive Cd properties, electrical insulation properties EHstatic electricity dissipative SDpuncture resistance PRchainsaw cut resistance CSand dielectric insulation DIif applicable.

This is not usually acceptable for wet service or higher voltages. The last two lines are used to identify footwear made to offer protection from other specific types of hazards referenced in the standard.

He is the senior managing partner and co-founder of e-Hazard, a leading electrical safety training and consulting firm, and the founder of ArcWear, which does 90 precent of the world’s arc flash testing of protective apparel.

To purchase ASTM standards, see http: It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application.

ASTM F refers to the boots and overshoes as “supplementary protection” because the shoes have no “in-use” standard. An OSHA interpretation letter from March 17,basically does not “require” electrical trades to wear “safety toed shoes.

Minute holes in the soles of the footwear are the biggest area of concern in the protection scenarios.