What You Should Know about ASTM F2413 for Protective Footwear

This is the third post in a four-part series providing an overview of Tyndale’s boot program along with the applicable industry standards – ASTM F2412, ASTM F2413, and ASTM F2892. In this post we provide an overview of ASTM F2413, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear.

ASTM F2413 is the Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear. This standard covers the minimum construction, performance, testing, and labeling requirements, and prescribes fit, function and performance criteria for footwear designed to be worn to provide protection against a variety of workplace hazards that can potentially result in worker injury. It references test methods outlined in ASTM F2412Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection. Replacing the specification ANSI Z41, ASTM F2413 covers performance criteria for a wide range of footwear.

One of the biggest misconceptions related to ASTM F2413 is the idea that footwear needs to “meet” the standard. Footwear does not need to meet all of the requirements listed below to conform to ASTM F2413 – in fact, it would be highly unusual for any one product to meet all of the protective requirements.  The product must clearly state which of the requirements the footwear does meet:

  • Impact resistance (I) for the toe area of footwearastm
  • Compression resistance (C) for the toe area of footwear
  • Metatarsal impact protection (Mt)
  • Conductive properties (Cd)
  • Electric hazard protection (EH)
  • Static dissipative properties (SD)
  • Puncture resistance (PR) footwear devices

In all, compliant footwear must meet the performance requirement for Impact 75 Resistant and Compression 75 Resistant footwear.

Stay tuned for our next post in this series which talks about ASTM F2892, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Soft Toe Protective Footwear (Non-Safety / Non-Protective Toe), for those types of jobs that do not require toe protection from impact or compression.

ASTM F2413 was last updated in 2011. Updated every five years, a new edition of the standard is expected this year.

Did you know Tyndale offers a managed boot program, where all boots are vetted for compliance with applicable industry standards – ASTM F2412, ASTM F2413 and ASTM F2892? View our first post in this series, containing information on our flexible boot program management. Contact your Tyndale National Account Manager to discuss how you can add boots to your FR clothing program or to further discuss staying safe with proper foot protection.

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