China Abolishes Multiple Standards with New Protective Footwear Standard

Top Quote A look at China’s new product standard for protective safety footwear - GB 21148-2020. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 08, 2021 - SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a useful overview of the changes that will be brought in by China’s updated product standard for protective footwear – GB 21148-2020.

    The new standard was published on July 23, 2020, by the State Administration for Market Supervision and Administration and the State Standardization Administration. It will come into effective on August 1, 2021, thereby replacing and abolishing:
    • GB 12011-1989, GB 12011-2000, GB 12011-2009
    • GB 21146-2007
    • GB 21147-2007
    • GB 21148-2007

    The new standard applies to shoes that provide the wearer’s feet with safety and protection from hazards in the work area.

    The new standard is based predominantly on GB 21148-2007, but incorporates aspects of GB 21146-2007, GB 21147-2007 and GB 12011-2009. There are multiple differences between GB 21148-2020 and GB 21148-2007, including:

    • Scope revised
    • Terms:
    o Revised: “safety shoes", "leather", "polymeric materials" and "protective Baotou"
    o Deleted: "conductive shoes", "antistatic shoes", "electric insulating shoes" and "fuel oil"
    o Added: "mixed shoes"
    • Ergonomic requirements revised
    • General requirements for toe protection added
    • Shoe seat area requirements added
    • Requirements added:
    o General toe protection
    o Shoe seat area
    o Slip resistance
    o Perforation force and structure
    o Electrical insulation performance
    o Thermal insulation performance

    Stakeholders are advised to read SGS’s original SafeGuard 069/21 to see a comprehensive overview of the changes being brought in by GB 21148-2020 – Foot Protection, Safety Footwear. The SafeGuard also includes a thorough analysis of the main technical requirements in the standard.

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    Louann Spirito
    Consumer and Retail - Softlines
    US & Canada Softlines Business Head
    Tel: +1 973 461 7919
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com
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