ANSI and ASTM Standards for OSHA Compliant Safety Shoes
In the United States, all work environments are subject to regulation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a division of the US Department of Labour. The responsibility of the OSHA is to ensure employee safety in the workplace, and the organization accomplishes this task by setting and enforcing a number of relevant standards.
These standards cover every aspect of the workplace, including Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. PPE is necessary when workers are liable to be subject to dangers that cannot be avoided by the employer. This article will look at protective footwear which falls under the PPE standards required by the OSHA.
这些标准涵盖了工作场所的各个方面，包括个人防护设备或个人防护设备。 当工人容易遭受雇主无法避免的危险时，PPE是必需的。 本文将介绍符合OSHA要求的PPE标准的防护鞋。
What Standards Are Required for Protective Shoes?
The OSHA incorporates standards produced by an independent nonprofit organization called ASTM International, or simply ASTM. The OSHA used to include standards produced by the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, but these were replaced by the ASTM for protective footwear standards in 2005.
OSHA纳入了由独立的非营利组织ASTM International（简称ASTM）制定的标准。 OSHA曾经包括美国国家标准协会（ANSI）制定的标准，但在2005年被ASTM替换为防护鞋标准。
The OSHA standards cover three important aspects of protective footwear:
Performance Requirements - These are the physical performance specifications, e.g. compression resistance or the maximum amount of weight/pressure that the shoe will protect the wearer from.
Testing Standards - All protective shoes must undergo standardized tests in an independent laboratory to ensure they meet the required physical performance requirements.
Standard Labelling - All protective footwear sold as OSHA compliant must be labeled according to a standard format.