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The Journal for Employee Protection
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SATRA launches a development sample assessment service for safety footwear products to help shoemakers highlight any problems that could arise during certification before the whole shoe is made, thereby saving money and time in the manufacturing process. By using this service to test samples shoemakers can also improve their green credentials by reducing the waste of finished products that do not pass certification.
Safety footwear, as well as being protective, must be compliant with legislation and standards. The level of protection provided by safety footwear must be both effective and consistent and this can only be achieved if the product is carefully designed and manufactured. By carrying out initial assessments of the design and construction and also slip resistance, impact and compression testing, the experts at SATRA can provide valuable feedback to shoemakers. This ensures the rest of the design and manufacture process complies with the safety footwear standards and the CE marking certification requirements, significantly lessening the necessity of expensive product recalls and the risk of litigation.
SATRA offers the complete range of safety footwear tests including EN ISO, ASTM, CSA, SANS, and AS/NZS standards. SATRA is a European Notified Body and has a team of experts on hand to help shoemakers through the process of the initial sample development tests. The team can advise promptly on the procedures which need to be followed to meet the requirements of the various standards. SATRA can cover slip resistance testing, abrasion testing, durability, comfort assessment, thermal and breathability rating, restricted chemical analysis tests as well as providing fitting and sizing assessments of safety footwear and motorcycle boots.
To find out more about the package prices available for the sample assessment service, email [email protected]
SATRA is an independent research and testing organisation established in the UK in 1919. It has technical facilities in Europe and China serving customers throughout the world. As well as testing products and components to European and international standards across a wide range of industry sectors, SATRA develops, manufactures and sells test equipment. SATRA is a Notified Body for various European regulations including personal protection equipment (PPE), which is one of SATRA’s largest sector operations. SATRA has its own chemicals analysis laboratory for testing restricted substances in accordance with European REACH, and US chemicals regulations for which it is CPSC-accredited.
SATRA can test PPE against European, international and national standards and, as a Notified Body, can certify PPE for the CE Mark. There are two SATRA Notified Bodies – one in the UK and another in the Irish Republic, with a team of experts on hand to help customers through the process of the testing and type-examination according to the requirements of the PPE Regulation. SATRA is also able to carry out module C2 checks on samples from bulk production as specified in PPE Regulation or module D quality management system audits in the manufacturing facility.
SATRA is considered a leading technical authority for footwear and leather. Companies from these industries can become members of SATRA to gain exclusive access to SATRA test methods, accreditation, consultancy, research facilities, technical training and factory production management systems. SATRA systems are recognised in the supply chain as setting industry standards for quality and production efficiency.
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