It’s finally that time again: from 13th till 16th November 2018 EuroTier is againthe place to befor everybody who wishes to stay up-to-date about the most recent innovations in the livestock industry. Also this edition, Bekina® Boots will be there. We are happy to invite you to this leading international trade fair.
You can find us in Hall 11, booth nr C28.
Would you like more information? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
The food processing industry is one of the most demanding industries when talking about hygiene and occupational safety and health. Employers in this industry should not only vouch for food safety, they also have to guard over a safe working environment for their employees. Companies that choose for qualitative and certified personal protective equipment (PPE) can save a lot of money, for example when purchasing safety boots.
Nathalie Vereecken, R&D Manager at Bekina® Boots, gives us 5 tips that help you to identify qualitative food industry boots.
CHOOSE SRC CERTIFIED SLIP RESISTANT BOOTS
A whopping 15% of the accidents on the work floor are caused by slips and tricks, frequently resulting in prolonged back-, knee- and wrist pains. So the importance of slip resistant food industry boots speaks for itself.
Especially the grip and the profile of the sole are very important. Professionals in the food industry are wise enough to choose food industry boots that have a SRC certification for slip resistance, which means that the boots are tested for that property in an accredited test lab.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHTWEIGHT BOOTS
The weight of food industry boots has a direct impact on the comfort one experiences whilst wearing. Food workers spend a significant part of their working day standing upright, which can result in an intense feeling of fatigue in the lower back and legs. In the long term this is negatively influencing their productivity. It is proven that food workers with lightweight safety boots are experiencing significantly less fatigue.
In contrast to what most people think, it isn’t the protective metal toecap that makes most food industry boots so heavy. It is the material the boots are made of that determines the weight. For example, food industry boots that are made of NEOTANE® are phenomenally lighter than PVC or rubber boots.
CHECK THE INSULATION PROPERTIES
Cold feet aren’t just unhealthy, they also have a negative influence on the moral of your employees. Most food industry boots offer thermal insulation down to -20°C/-4°F or even down to -40°C/°F. Some manufacturers claim to have food industry boots that offer thermal insulation down to -70°C! Be careful with such claims and always ask your supplier for official certificates.
NEOTANE® food industry boots are praised by food companies because of their superior thermal insulation properties compared with pvc or rubber boots.
GO FOR FOOD INDUSTRY BOOTS WITH COLOUR CODING
Colour coding is an efficient method to prevent cross-contamination between the different production units of a food factory. That’s why it’s always interesting to choose food industry boots that are available in different colours. Every production unit can have its specific colour and one can not enter another production unit with the wrong coloured boots.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION OF THE BOOTS
Every type of food industry boot reacts differently on exposure to chemical substances, depending on the material the boot is made of. Before you order new food industry boots, ask for a chemical resistance list.
It happens quite often in food factories that boots start to leak because they aren’t resistant to the used cleaning and disinfection products. Trustable safety boots manufacturers can always provide you a chemical resistance list.
STEPLITE®XCI, THE REVOLUTIONARY FOOD INDUSTRY BOOT
Qualitative food industry boots always comply with the above 5 properties. Comfortable and qualitative boots aren’t just a blessing for your employees, they can save you from a lot of headaches and expenses too.
Want to try new food industry boots? We can advise you Steplite®XCi, the latest innovation of Bekina® Boots:
✓ SRC certification
✓ thermal insulation down to -40°C/-40°F and still very lightweight
✓ metal free protective toecap
✓ available in different colours for colour-coding
We are proud to present you our latest innovation: Steplite®XCi White, a revolutionary S4 safety boot with a composite toecap. This safety boot is especially designed for the food processing industry, an industry with one of the most strict safety regulations. The Steplite®XCi is the first and only food safety boot that succesfully combines safety, powerful thermal insulation and ultimate comfort.
A THERMAL INSULATION CHAMPION AND STILL LIGHTWEIGHT
No more heavy thermal boots! The Steplite®XCi offers thermal insulation down to -40°C/°F and manages to be a very lightweight safety boot at the same time. Consequently, your employees will be less tired at the end of the day when wearing the Steplite®XCi food safety boots, which directly benefits their productivity.
THIS FOOD SAFETY BOOT STAYS FLEXIBLE AT ALL TIMES
Providing comfort to your employees is very important. Food workers spend their working day under conditions in which temperatures can vary extremely. In contrast to most food safety boots out there, the Steplite®XCi stays very flexible at all times, even in extreme cold temperatures.
The icing on the cake? Its composite protective toecap. This non-metallic feature directly improves the safety and thermal insulation level in a way which makes the Steplite®XCi a world class safety boot.
Are you interested in the Steplite®XCi food safety boots and would you like more information? Feel free to contact us anytime. You can find specific technical information and safety certificats about this boot on its productpage.
We also offer free wear trials to companies with more than 80 employees who wear food safety boots. In case your company has less than 80 employees, we are pleased to direct you to a local dealer.
Bekina® Boots has the best food safety boots for every situation. Feel free to walk through our product range: