STEEL TOE CAP VS COMPOSITE TOE CAP
Steel Toe Caps
Safety boots with steel toe caps contain a piece of steel in the toe area to protect the toes from a number of different hazards in the workplace. Steel toe caps meet the standard European safety specifications of a 200 joule protective toe cap. Steel toe caps offer more flat protection than composite toe caps and can essentially handle heavier weights above the basic safety requirement compared to composite toe caps. It is important to note however that unless you are in an exceptionally hazardous environment with the possibility of items with enormous weight falling on or piercing your toes, you’re unlikely to be in a situation where your composite toe cap is at a risk of shattering.
There is this common conception that steel toe caps make your safety footwear heavier and therefore uncomfortable. However, in recent times, safety footwear with steel toe caps has been created to be lightweight.
Composite Toe Caps
Composite toe caps are usually lighter than steel boots and are completely metal free and therefore do not conduct electricity. Instead, they contain a composite material in the toe portion of the boots and the midsole. Composite materials are materials such as fiberglass, kevlar or carbon fibre. Boots with a composite toe cap also meet the EN safety regulations basic requirements of a 200 joule protective toe cap.
Composite boots are highly suitable if you have to pass through metal detectors such as those who work in nuclear plants, security, the courts or airports. The boots do not set off metal detectors like steel toe boots as they are non-metallic. That means time is not wasted by individuals being checked numerous times while working.
When it comes to choosing between safety footwear that has a steel toe cap or composite toe cap, one of the major deciding factors will be the job and environment they are being used in. Both of these materials are great at protecting your feet and have their own unique properties which make them incredible protective materials.
It is important to assess your environment and employee needs before purchasing and supplying safety footwear. There are a number of questions you should ask when choosing safety footwear to make sure that it is suitable for your environment, such as: Do you have security measures that involve you passing through metal detectors numerous times throughout the working day? Will you be working with heavy machinery? Will you be in danger of items falling on your feet? What is the level of protection you desire? What are the other properties your safety footwear must have? Answering these questions will help in making the right decision.