NORMA EN ISO 20345:2022
In step with the new standard
The new EN ISO 20345:2022 standard relating to PPE “safety footwear” has been published and will be harmonized by Regulation (EU) 2016/425.
Sixton Peak® is in step with legislative changes to ensure the highest levels of safety of its products.
Footwear certified according to EN ISO 20345:2011 may continue to be placed on the market even after the introduction of the new standard until the natural expiry of the certificate.
What is Regulation (EU) 2016/425?
Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9th March 2016 is the European law that regulates the market for personal protective equipment, defines and distributes the responsibilities of the various economic operators.
Among the innovations introduced by the Regulation, remember:
- the determination of the period of validity of a certificate: not exceeding 5 years
- the indication on the CE marking of the postal address of the manufacturer and the production batch number
- possibility of also making the declaration of conformity available online: https://certificati.sixton.it/
It is also important to remember that we are moving towards the end of the transition period or 21st April 2023 for the placing on the market of PPE certified according to Directive 89/686/EEC.
Why can we still place EN ISO 20345:2011 certified PPE on the market?
Safety footwear certified according to EN ISO 20345:2011 can continue to be placed on the market until the end of the validity (expiry date) of the certificates issued by the notified bodies.
Certificates (Regulation EU 2016/425) based on EN ISO 20345:2011 will remain valid even after the harmonization of the new EN ISO 20345:2022 as the new standard does not provide a significant increase in protection compared to the previous version.
To download some useful resources relating to the standard: https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/34601
Why the new standard?
The rules are updated periodically (approximately every 5 years) with consequent publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The references of the harmonized standards for PPE published in the Official Journal of the European Union can be found by consulting the website of the European Commission at the following link:
What is the EN ISO 20345:2022 standard?
The new EN ISO 20345:2022 standard was published by CEN and, although not yet formally harmonized, represents the state of the art for safety footwear.
The standard defines the basic and additional (optional) requirements for general purpose safety footwear. It includes mechanical hazards, slip resistance, thermal hazards and ergonomic behaviour, among others.
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The identification codes of the new standard
The standards are evolving to ensure greater safety and protection of workers and companies.
The new EN ISO 20345: 2022 provides for the introduction of new requirements and markings, with the aim of facilitating the application of the standard by the manufacturer, creating equivalent conditions in all member states and effectively simplifying the circulation of goods in Europe.
Among the basic requirements, the new standard provides for the implementation of a slip resistance level
Additional requirements and markings
In the additional requirements new markings have been added for:
- resistance to differentiated perforation material-nail (P – PL – PS)
- ladder grip system (LG)
- resistance of the scuff cap to abrasion (SC)
- slip resistance (SR) sole-heel control
EN ISO 20345:2022 standard markings
How to identify the new markings
New markings with multiple safety levels.