Information Provided with Slip Resistant Footwear

Survey of Workplace Safety Footwear in Ireland

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In 2012/3, HSA Inspectors sampled 22 pieces of workplace safety footwear to review claims and/or advice on slip-resistance.

18% of the footwear was not correctly CE marked

Safety footwear surveyed

Inspectors found that 15 of 22 pieces (68%) of footwear sampled made some slip- resistance claim, including...

  • 2 claimed "SRA"- indicating a test on ceramic tile with dilute soap solution,
  • 8 claimed "SRC" and 1 claimed "SRA+SRB" - indicating a test on ceramic tile with dilute soap solution AND on smooth steel with glycerol
  • 4 made some other slip-resistance claim (including "antislip", "slip resistant" and "will offer some reduction to the risks of slipping")
  • 7 samples of footwear with a slip-resistance claim had no additional information relevant to that slip-resistance claim
  • 73% of footwear with a slip-resistance claim had no information on appropriate/ inappropriate environments

Assessment of Footwear in the UK

The HSE, HSL Assessment of slips safety information/ literature provided by flooring and footwear suppliers (2009) in the UK found that

  • No indication of slip resistance was given for 47% of footwear products
  • Footwear suppliers use a variety of terms to describe their products, e.g. ‘slip-resistant’, ‘anti-slip’, ‘improving grip performance’ etc, and these can often mislead customers
  • “… many manufacturers and suppliers do not give helpful additional information, such as the degree of slip resistance and the types of work environment for which their products are most suited
  • “Footwear and flooring suppliers should be influenced to place more emphasis on the slip resistance of their products, and to use more standardised ways of assessing slip resistance; this would allow customers to make comparisons and help them to select the most appropriate product for their needs”

See Slip Resistant Footwear Further Information