ASTM F2413 updated for Safety Toe Shoes

ASTM F2413, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear, has been updated.  The new 2017 Edition replaces the previous 2011 Edition, which is now obsolete.  I reviewed the previous edition in my September 1, 2011 Post on the ASTM F2412 and ASTM F2413.  This is an extensive, technical update to this important foot-safety standard.

The ASTM F2412 and ASTM F2413 replace the ANSI Z41 that was used for over 60 years.  Together, they provide the performance criteria for protective footwear.  These standards play an important role in worker safety in many industries.

The ASTM F2413 itself is on minimum requirements for the performance of shoes that protect against a number of workplace hazards.  This is accomplished by evaluation of shoes for impact and compression resistance, particularly in the toe area, other foot protection, and protection against electrical hazards.

Once you believe that your shoe meets the ASTM requirements, you’ll take samples to an authorized testing lab for verification.  If the shoe passes the various tests, the ASTM label can be printed on your footwear.  Guidelines for the labeling and other identifications are included in the standard.

Changes are extensive and occur throughout the document.  You can find them all in the redline edition available from Document Center Inc.  We are an authorized distributor of the ASTM standards.  You can search for and order them from our webstore at  Here is a direct link to the order page for ASTM F2413 for your convenience.  Let us know if you’d like the redline edition or if you need company-wide cloud access to the standard.

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