What do the initials S3 and S1P mean for safety shoes
What do the abbreviations S3 and S1P mean for safety shoes? It's a perfectly legitimate question, since knowing the meaning of these markings allows you to choose the most suitable footwear for your type of work. So let's get straight to what these abbreviations stand for and what features they ascribe to safety shoes.
S3 and S1P safety shoes: what they are and how they differ
Let's start by saying that both types of safety shoes refer to "PPE", or personal protective equipment, which are governed by European legislation that dictates the necessary characteristics they must have to be considered as such. Both S3 and S1P shoes, therefore, fulfil the requirements imposed by Europe for occupational safety.
That said, there are differences between the two categories of footwear (clearly recognised and intended by the legislation itself). The S1P shoe, for example, protects the toes against impact and the sole against possible punctures. It is strictly for indoor use, as the upper has not undergone a water-repellency treatment, is breathable and is suitable for a variety of tasks.
The S3 shoes are instead created for indoor and outdoor tasks, presenting all the safety levels of an S1P plus water repellency.
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S3 and S1P safety shoes: what characteristics do they have
Now that we understand what S3 and S1P safety shoes are and how they differ, let's take a detailed look at their respective characteristics.
First of all, it must be said that in addition to their distinctive features, these shoes also have some common characteristics, namely:
- Non-slip grip
- A high level of safety
This means that both the S3 and S1P categories have been specially designed to be comfortable, durable and resistant. Often the upper (i.e. the lining of the shoe) and sole are co-moulded in such a way as to reduce the risk of damage to zero.
As mentioned, however, in addition to these common features, the S3 and S1P work shoes also have some special features. The main features of an S1P shoe are:
- an impact-resistant toe cap, to protect toes
- an anti-shock, anti-slip, oil- and hydrocarbon-resistant and anti-puncture sole
- a breathable upper
S3 safety shoes, as already mentioned, possess all the features just listed for S1P, with additional water-repellent treatment.
The goal is suitability for use even in outdoor environments subject to weather conditions.
So the main difference lies in the upper, which in addition to having to avoid water infiltration, must be of a thicker and more resistant material, a leather-fabric blend.
S3 and S1P safety shoes: the main models
Now that we have clearly understood the safety levels of the most common safety shoes, we will take a look at the models offered by Reposa.
The new Reposa Tiger and Lion, both S1P shoes, are a concrete response to the needs of maintenance workers, warehouse workers and construction operators and complement the now-established offerings of the health and hospitality industry.
They are comfortable, dynamic, colourful and fashionable trainers made of high-quality materials at a great price.