Cleaning your NEOTANE® boots regularly with water and a suitable cleaning product**, will increase their life span.
After particularly intensive use, clean your boots every day so that dirt doesn't permeate the NEOTANE® material.
It is also a good idea to rinse the inside of your boots regularly with clean water.
Ensure the boots are completely dry inside before putting them back on.
Use the correct amount of detergents or cleaning products, as indicated on the product's packaging. Then rinse your boots again with clean water.
To prevent damage and discolouration: do not leave the boots to soak in detergent or other chemicals.**
After work do not leave the boots inside your overtrousers. NEOTANE® material must be able to dry and breathe properly.
** Bekina® Boots advise to use the following products: Virocid, ECO DES, Trans NT+ and Pho Cid (Cidlines), PP3 Steril, Topaz AC4 and Topaz HD1 (Ecolab). P3 Topax 66 cannot be used. In doubt, first try out the product on a small part of the boots. If products mentioned are not available in your country, visit the Cidlines or Ecolab website for more information. www.cidlines.com, firstname.lastname@example.org - www.ecolab.com
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
An outbreak of avian flu is every poultry farmer's worst nightmare. Since november of last year, the virus has been found in a number of European countries - including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and Germany. But the avian flu virus has also recently emerged in Asia. So it's no surprise that many of our customers ask us for the best practices in "boots hygiene". The following tips help you to prevent an outbreak of avian flu in your farm.
USE DIFFERENT BOOTS
One of the most essential practices is to switch boots (and work clothing in general) when entering the stables. Try to avoid entering the stables with your outdoor boots. When leaving the stables, it's best to walk on the paved paths and certainly do not cross grasslands or canals. Avian influenza is most often spread by contact between infected and healthy birds, though also indirectly through contaminated equipment like boots.
DISINFECT AND CLEAN YOUR BOOTS
It is recommended to disinfect and clean your boots in a boot washer before entering the stables. Even when you are wearing a different pair of boots for inside and outside the stables. Don't see this as an unneccesary routine, it might actually spare you from a lot of problems one day.
CHOOSE BOOTS WITH A FLAT SOLE
Boots with a flat sole are easy to clean and to disinfect. That is how you can avoid any cross-contamination. Daily disinfection and cleaning is not a problem for these boots. Boots with a flat sole are perfect for usage in hatcheries.
Bekina® Boots Agrilite® Desinfect is such a boot with a flat sole. These popular work boots are made of polyurethane, which makes them very lightweight, flexible and durable. It's proven that polyurethane boots last three times longer than pvc or rubber boots.
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:
Dairy farmers attach much importance to their cows’ hooves. But how good are they looking after their own feet? Let’s sum up 5 reasons why qualitative work boots are essential to any dairy farmer.
PREVENT BACK PAIN AND OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
Any physiotherapist will tell you that the starting point for patients presenting with back pain is the feet. They always start at the footwear and the feet and work their way up. For instance, a lack of support under the heel and the big toe is definitely linked to lower back pain.
Cheap boots are typically pretty flimsy and flat in the sole. So it’s a good thing to pay a bit more for your boots and look for a cushioned sole and a footbed that supports the arch of the foot. You need something for the arch to ‘relax’ onto, that holds the foot in the correct position.
If you’re not wearing the correct footwear, this can also lead to damage to the feet and lower limbs.
YOU’RE SPENDING LONG HOURS ON CONCRETE
Dairy farmers can spend a significant proportion of their working day standing on concrete. And, just like their cows, this can leave them vulnerable to ‘lameness’. Depending on its severity, this can have catastrophic consequences for their dairy business.
Standing on concrete is not what our feet were designed to do. It results in excessive pronation of the foot, meaning that the arch of the foot collapses and rolls inwards. As the foot pronates there is excessive biomechanical stress placed on the joints and soft tissues in the foot. This can result in a number of painful conditions in the foot itself, such as bunions and corns.
The good news is that, just as in dairy cows, ‘lameness’ is preventable, and it doesn’t need to involve a cattle crush or a vet! Again, a good pair of work boots with a shock absorbing footbed can do some magic here.
Another reason to wear qualitative work boots are cold feet. Cold feet lead to blood circulation problems and can result in chilblains and other ‘nasties’. Ideally, dairy farmers should be wearing thermal insulated work boots. Lab tests revealed that NEOTANE® safety boots offer a better thermal insulation than PVC or rubber boots, keeping your feet warmer in winter!
YOU DON’T WANT TO SLIP
There are numerous hazards on a dairy farm. Not surprising when you’re working with big animals and heavy machinery all day. One of the most common risks at the farm is the risk of slipping. When buying a new pair of boots, you should look at the certifications. Are the boots being tested for slip resistance by a certified institution? You can recognize the most common institutes with the following logos:
You can save yourself a lot of money (as well as pain and hassle) when you’re buying yourself a decent pair of boots. If you damage your feet and require physiotherapy, the bill can easily run into hundreds of pounds. You can buy a decent pair of boots for much less than that.
Also, cheap boots wear out much faster than decent boots, requiring you to buy a new pair more frequently. In short, don’t fall prey to the false economy of cheap work boots. It is a recipe for trouble.
ABOUT BEKINA® BOOTS
Safety boots from Bekina® Boots are made from NEOTANE® material, a foamy material with three major characteristics making them ideal for dairy farmers.
✓ Extra comfortable and healthy for your feet and back ✓ Lasts 3X longer than PVC and rubber ✓ Very lightweight
WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SAFETY BOOTS OR DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO BUY THEM? Just ask us!
Every year, hundreds of shoes and boots keep washing ashore on the beaches of the North Cape in Norway, often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. Erica Haugli, an artist from the nearby village of Honningsvåg, has been clearing away all of the shoes and boots from these beaches since 2012. Bekina® Boots wants to show its support for this beautiful project.
Boots in the sea
Litter that has deliberately or accidentally been released in the ocean, tends to accumulate on places where ocean currents meet. Because of the typical currents in the Norwegian and the Barents sea, this marine litter is frequently washing aground on the beaches of the North Cape.
Erica Haugli, who lives nearby: “I live in such a beautiful place. Ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, … you name it. One of my favorite things to do around here is walking on the beaches. Unfortunately I always see an enormous amount of debris on these beaches.”
In this debris, Erica not only finds a lot of bottles and other plastics, but amazingly also a lot of shoes and boots.
Flowers in boots
To make people aware of ocean debris and to encourage them to stop throwing things in the ocean again, Erica decided to clean the beaches. But she did not stop there: with the old boots she started making beautiful flower pots and collages for sale. With the returns of this form of art, she makes sure the beaches around the North Cape stay clean.
To date, Erica gathered already an astonishing 1200 shoes and boots from these beaches! “I know it is ordinary trash, but sometimes it puts a smile on my face knowing it all comes from boots that were washed up on the beach. Each with its own untold adventure, from near and far, these boots have traveled the arctic seas but their tales did not end on the rocky coastline. Now they’re ready to tell a new story.”
At Bekina® Boots, we pay a lot of attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Whenever there are little flaws during the production of our boots, we don’t throw the boots away. We donate them to people who can still use them. For example, in January of this year, we donated 1,500 pairs of boots to the refugees in Dunkirk. This way, Bekina® Boots is committed to create less waste.
Bekina® Boots develops quality PU boots for every segment. From agriculture to industry, drilling platforms or food processing. Bekina® Boots always has its finger on the pulse of your sector. We also invest a lot of time and energy in following-up by visiting and consulting our clients all over the world.
The more we listen to you, the faster we can respond to your company's particular and urgent needs. So you can use our innovation when you need it most. This continuous interaction always keeps you one step ahead of your competitors.
From our philosophy TOGETHER WE'RE STRONGER Bekina® Boots will go a step further: if you want us to, we can also work with you on your targeted campaigns and/or publications. Another good reason to choose Bekina® Boots. Any questions? Our team will be happy to help you.
Last Monday Bekina® Boots welcomed its 100 test farmers for a guided tour.
"Farmers do wear our polyurethane safety boots all around the world," company owner Thomas Vanderbeke says. "A test panel of regional farmers is constantly wearing our boots so that we can offer qualitative products each and every day."
To this end a group of farmers living nearby the Bekina® Boots premises frequently receives a new pair of Bekina® Boots trial boots. Because who better suited than a farmer is to field-test our boots ? Some of our test farmers are even wearing their boots up to 12 hours a day! This is an ideal way for Bekina® Boots to get direct feedback and to find out whether our boots live up to the farmers’ high quality demands.
"Finally, these test farmers also enable us to compare the Bekina® Boots comfort and quality levels with those of the competition and to adjust our new product developments in time", Thomas concludes. "So it was a pleasure indeed to thank our test farmers for their efforts."