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Employees in the catering and hotel industry are on their feet a lot! That's why your shoes should not only be comfortable, but also up to the demands of everyday work. And these are manifold in the catering industry: slippery floors, heavy boxes in the warehouse and falling knives. That's why special shoes are mandatory in some areas of the industry. But even if there are no special requirements, it pays to wear professional shoes in the kitchen and service. This reduces the risk of accidents caused by slipping, tripping or falling and protects the feet from overloading.
Safety comes first at JOBELINE! That is why our shoes comply with the European standard EN ISO 20347. This regulates the basic requirements that professional shoes must meet. Some of our shoes are even considered safety shoes according to the EN ISO 20345 standard.
Work shoes are especially popular in kitchens, service and nursing. But work shoes are also popular in wellness and spa areas, in housekeeping or in doctors' surgeries. They are particularly comfortable and meet different requirements depending on the category:
The main difference between professional and safety shoes are the protective caps in the toe area, which are mandatory for safety shoes. These can be either steel or plastic. Because of the extra protection, safety shoes are popular to wear in the kitchen. There are also different categories of safety shoes:
With professional and safety shoes it is especially important that they fit well. Therefore, it is best to try on your new shoes in the late afternoon. Since feet are bigger in the afternoon than in the morning, this is the quickest way to notice whether the shoes pinch or rub.
In order for a shoe to be certified as an professional or safety shoe, the sole must have a slip resistance rating of SRA, SRB or SRC:
Professional shoes according to EN ISO 20347:2012 (protection class OB, O1, O2)
Safety shoes according to EN ISO 20345:2011 (protection class S1, S2)
|Safety level||Protection class OB||Protection class O1||Protection class O2||Protection class S1||Protection class S2|
|Slip resistance** (SRA/SRB/SRC)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Protective toe cap||✓||✓|
|Closed heel area||Open heel area possible||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Fuel resistance of the sole (FO)||✓||✓|
|Antistatic properties (A)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Energy absorption capacity in the heel area (E)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
* min. 80 min no water penetration
** SRC (SRA + SRC) slip resistance on ceramic tiles, cleaning agents, steel plates & glycerine