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Safety Features and Terms Glossary

Working people can be faced with dangerous tasks daily. Many work boots, shoes, and most workwear has some sort of safety feature, if not more than one. Read through these terms and learn what those safety features actually do for you.

  • ANSI

    The American National Standards Institute oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector, including footwear and protective workwear.  (back to top)
  • Conductive Footwear

    Conductive footwear is intended to provide protection for the wearer against hazards that may result from static electricity buildup and to reduce the possibility of ignition of explosives or volatile chemicals. It's designed to discharge static electricity from your body through your shoes into grounded floors.  (back to top)
  • Electrical Hazard Resistance

    Electrical shock resistant (EH) footwear is manufactured with non-conductive electrical shock-resistant soles and heels. The outsole is intended to provide a secondary source of electric shock resistance protection to the wearer against the hazards from an incidental contact with live electrical circuits, electrically energized conductors, parts, or apparatus. It must be capable of withstanding the application of 14,000 volts at 60 hertz for one minute with no current flow or leakage current in excess of 3.0 milliamperes, under dry conditions. We've got loads of Electrical Hazard-resistant Boots and Shoes to help protect you. WARNING: EH non-conductive footwear is not to be worn near explosives or in other environments requiring Conductive footwear.  (back to top)
  • Electrical Switching

    Electrical Switching is provided by Bulwark and it is made to protect from electrical arc risks. This is perfect for anyone who works around, or with, electrical systems.  (back to top)
  • Microban

    An anti-microbial product that inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that cause odor and stains. You can find it in various Teva Shoes and Sandals.  (back to top)
  • Moisture-Wicking

    The ability of a yarn to transport moisture away from itself. If you work hard, sweat can happen, so having moisture-wicking clothing will help to keep you dry the entire workday long.  (back to top)

    Pronounced like Molly, the feminine name, it's an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment.  (back to top)
  • Static Dissipative

    To be marketed as Electric Static Dissipating Footwear, a shoe must pass testing requirements established by ANSI. Shoes can be classified as SD Type I or SD Type II. SD Type I must offer electrical resistance greater than 1, but less than 100 megohms. SD Type II offer electrical resistance greater than 1, but less than 1,000 megohms. Electro Static Discharge or ESD is the shock that is felt when a person walks across a carpet and touches a door knob and a discharge of electricity occurs between that person and the door. That shock was actually a discharge of electricity in the range of 2000 to 3000 volts as the shock voltage has to be at least 2000 volts before the human body can feel it. The reason the 2000 volt ESD discharge does not kill someone is that the current is very low but that same voltage can kill electronic components or can possibly ignite volatile chemicals or explosives. Furthermore did you know that studies have shown that a static charge built up by scuffing shoes on a carpet can exceed 20,000 volts? Humidity itself has an effect on Electro Static Discharges as the higher the humidity the fewer problems that occur with ESD. Studies have shown that in an area with more than 50% humidity it is more difficult for a discharge from a human to exceed 2000 volts but at 5% humidity a discharge can easily exceed 15,000 volts! Therefore, humidity doesn't prevent ESD it just reduces the voltage level in a discharge and allows for materials to more easily discharge themselves through the atmosphere rather than through another object.  (back to top)
  • American Podiatric Medical Association

    APMA represents approximately 80% of the podiatrists in the country.  (back to top)
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