21. Safety shoes – CERVA (4/2019)

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our Facebook live stream.

My name is Petr Man and I am a representative of CERVA.

CERVA is a manufacturer of personal protective equipment.

What should you picture under this title? Safety glasses, gloves, beautiful work footwear, and elegant work clothing.

That is what we do.

And we also prepare our Facebook live stream.

In the Facebook live stream we want to teach you – our audience.

Regardless of the type of a spectator you are.

Whether you are a customer or a person professionally authorised for risk prevention, or a dealer of our business partner.

In fact, this does not matter at all.

We strive to educate you in various risks you may encounter at your work.

Today, we have prepared a special – really special – topic.

The topic is called “work and safety footwear”.

This is the reason I have this nice exhibition here.

But because I want to know more about these things – of course I know something already – I invited my colleague Roman, a footwear specialist.

Please, welcome Roman.

Hi, Petr.

Hello, everybody.

– Hi, Roman.

You have to get used to the fact that our viewers cannot be heard.

– Sure.

They are clapping their hands to welcome you, but it cannot be seen.

Roman, here is the first question.

Work and safety footwear – the audience want to know whether and why they should wear work and safety footwear.

The work and safety footwear is of course intended to protect people’s feet at work.

Work footwear is made without safety features and there is a kind of classical outsole with a slip-resistant sole.

In comparison, safety footwear is comprised of a steel toe and/or a sheet.

So, this is it, isn’t it? Does it mean the work footwear does not contain these safety features? Right, they are not included in work footwear.

– They are not included in work footwear, and does the safety footwear mean the safety features should be there?– Exactly.

Excuse me.

I have a question.

A lot of people ask me or say: “Yes, these are the ones with a toe cap and the toe cap will cut off my toes!” Will it cut off my toes or not? Shout I wear them or not? You certainly should.

I thinks this is a historical phenomenon because in the far past the steel toe caps were not made in high quality.

It might have been truth at that time but at present the steel toe is made of a completely different material.

This means the toe cap is deformed.

Of course, if a ten-ton object falls on your foot, nothing can save you.

Can the toe cap be made of a different material than steel?– Absolutely.

It is also made metal-free.

It is not made of metal, but of plastics.

I can present it here.

– And does it work the same way? Exactly the same way.

– Yes, OK.

And is it – I will ask a nice guiding question – is it lighter? I mean the plastic one.

– It is said it should be lighter but I do not believe so.

The weight of shoes usually depends on the sole.

The heaviest part of shoes is the sole, and not the steel or non-metal toe cap.

Today’s episode should explain what type of shoes people should choose for different situations.

Is there a basic classification by which the audience can choose their shoes? “I work outside at a construction site”, and then there is another extreme “I work here in the logistics in a warehouse”.

Is there an important difference you would mention right away? Sure, it is important where the person works.

Whether the environment is dry or wet.

The type of shoes is selected accordingly.

For a dry environment where there is no risk of leak-in to their shoes we can use for example safety sandals with a steel toe cap.

The shoes should of course vent the feet so that the person feels comfortable in them in the given environment.

In other environments, when we speak about outdoor places when a person works e.


at a construction site where there is mud, water etc.

, the safety footwear should be of S3 category when the shoes have a steel toe cap and a sheet.

And the footwear is treated, waterproof.

I can see it here as well.

What’s more they are relatively robust.

– Relatively robust – a high toe cap.

It has to be completely resistant.

I have another question – it does not concern the footwear so much.

It is rather about whether there is a difference – it is commonly called “sole” – is there a difference between soles? Outsoles? Absolutely.

Outsoles are of various types and they are made of polyurethane thermopolyurethane and/or they can be made of rubber.

Majority of footwear is tested for SRC, which is the maximum as far as anti-slip properties are concerned.

And here are the shoes, we can see how they look like.

There are also special types of outsoles which, in short, include something better.

For example these can be shoes with rubber outsoles with air bubbles.

This is an outsole made by 2work4 from Portugal It can be clearly seen that when a person walks it is nicely softened and the focus is on maximum user comfort.


I believe the first episode summed everything up very nicely, you know what the difference between work and safety shoes is Work shoes have no features.

– Exactly.

Safety shoes have a toe cap and/or can also feature an anti-piercing sheet.

This means, when you work in logistics and with pallets in which nails can be present, these shoes are for you.

We have also learnt something about outsoles.

I would recommend you to watch this episode and when you have finished, you can watch another episode where we will talk about specific types produced by our company and which can be ordered from us, tested and you can enjoy walking in them.

I would like to thank Roman – thank you.

– Thank you Thank you for your attention.

See you next time.

Have a great day! Have a great day!.