Shoes and Socks

In cleanroom environments it is necessary to minimise the risk of accidents to personnel by slipping and to prevent faults and downtime caused by the discharge of static electricity. The correct footwear is necessary, in addition to the installed plant, floor areas and clothing.

Footwear is worn for many hours each day, and must offer safety (for people and processes) and comfort. There are differences in footwear for safety, protection and industry, which are designed according to the following European standards:

EN 61340-5-1: Protection of components sensitive to electrostatic charges/overall requirements
EN 4843-100: Requirements on anti-slip test
EN ISO 20344: Requirements and test methods
EN ISO 20345: Specification of the safety shoe
EN ISO 20346: Specification of the protective shoe
EN ISO 20347: Specification of the professional shoe

Waterproof footwear should be worn wherever large quantities of liquids are present. PU clogs or microfibre shoes, which can be cleaned and disinfected, should be worn. Where it is necessary to limit or prevent electrostatic charging, antistatic or ESD protected footwear is essential.