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June 18, 2010 - ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear is working on new standard concerning footwear for workers who do not necessarily need safety toe shoes but could use other protection such as puncture resistance, electrical shock protection, and electrical grounding. This standard - ASTM WK27855, Specification for Performance Requirements for Soft Toe Protective Footwear (Non-Safety/Non-Protective Toe) - is being developed by Subcommittee F13.30 on Footwear.

Proposed Soft Toe Protective Shoe Standard Under Development by ASTM Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear Committee


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Press release date: June 16, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear is currently working on a proposed new standard for footwear designed for workers who do not necessarily need safety toe shoes but could use other protection such as puncture resistance, electrical shock protection and electrical grounding.

The proposed new standard, ASTM WK27855, Specification for Performance Requirements for Soft Toe Protective Footwear (Non-Safety/Non-Protective Toe), is being developed by Subcommittee F13.30 on Footwear.

Ed Fortuna, quality assurance technical manager, Wolverine World Wide, and chairman, F13.30, says that workers in industries such as infrastructure construction, automotive assembly and general construction would be the primary users of products made in accordance with the proposed standard. These workers would be in need of footwear that would protect against punctures, static and electrical hazards but that wouldn't necessarily need to conform to current U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or corporate safety footwear job-specific requirements that would protect the foot against dropping or rolling objects, particularly in the toe area.

Fortuna says that all interested parties are invited to participate in the ongoing development of ASTM WK27855 and other standards developing work of F13.30.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM Committee F13 Next Meeting: Jan 31-Feb. 1, January Committee Week, Baltimore, Md.

Technical Contact: Ed Fortuna, Wolverine World Wide, Rockford, Mich., Phone: 616-866-5588; fortunaed@nc.com

ASTM Staff Contact: Joseph Hugo, Phone: 610-832-9740; jhugo@astm.org

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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