Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection
The ASTM F2412 test methods measure resistance of footwear to hazards that may result in injury to the worker.
These methods may be used to test for compliance to minimum performance requirements in established safety standards. The test methods can be used to determine the effectiveness of the footwear to provide any one, or all of the following protections:
- Impact resistance to eliminate or diminish the severity of injury caused by objects striking the foot, and in particular in the toes and metatarsal region
- Reduced buildup of static electricity from the wearer to the ground
- Shock absorbance
- Puncture resistance and chain saw resistance
- Dialectic insulation to reduce the possibility of injury when exposed to a high voltage charge.
The standard describes the specific methods, including diagrams of the equipment used (when appropriate), to conduct the testing for each of the protections listed above.
The standard can be viewed and purchased from the ASTM website at: http://www.astm.org/Standards/F2412.htm