IS 15298 (PART 4):2017

When we are a manufacturer, we always want to increase our market share and brand values. In this competitive scenario, it isn't easy to survive in the market without a standard quality and certified product. BIS license may also be required to sell product in Indian market.

To get BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, ensure that your product must follow the specified Indian Standard for that product.
Let's take a closer look at IS 15298(Part 4):2017 for occupational footwear.

Occupational footwear is covered under IS 15298 (Part 4):2017. This standard specifies basic and additional requirements for occupational footwear. Protective features are built into occupational footwear to protect the wearer from injuries caused by accidents.

Safety footwear incorporates protective features to protect the wearer from potential injuries caused by accidents. It is equipped with toecaps and is designed to protect against compression when tested at a compression load of at least 15 KN and against impact when tested at an energy level of at least 200 J.

Classification of footwear: According to the Indian Standard, Footwear is classified using the following code designations:

Code designation Classification
I Footwear made from leather and other materials, excluding all-rubber or all-polymeric footwear.
II All-rubber (i.e. entirely vulcanized) or all-polymeric (i.e. entirely moulded) footwear.

Occupational footwear shall be made of materials that meet the Innocuousness requirement of IS 15298 Part 4: 2017. Footwear must adhere to one of the designs specified in the standard. Occupational footwear must meet the basic requirements given in the standard.

Depending on the risk that will be encountered at the workplace, additional requirements for occupational footwear may be required. In such cases, occupational footwear must meet the applicable additional requirement. If the Applicant/Licensee applies for both code designations, i.e. I and II, testing for both designations must be done separately.


The following test shall be carried out for occupational footwear:

  • Tear strength test
  • Tensile test
  • Flexing resistance test
  • Water vapour permeability and coefficient test
  • pH value test
  • Abrasion resistance test
  • Chromium VI content test
  • Dimension test

Each item of occupational footwear must be clearly labelled with information such as size, manufacturer identification mark, manufacturer's type designation, year of manufacture, European standard number and year, and other information specified in the standard. The Standard Mark (ISI Mark) may also be applied to each footwear. The Manufacturer must obtain a BIS license from the Bureau of Indian Standards to use a standard mark (ISI Mark). The Bureau grants a license based on a successful assessment of manufacturing infrastructure, production process, and quality control and testing capabilities during a visit to its manufacturing premises.

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If a product falls under the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme, All the manufacturers, importers, and foreign entities must obtain BIS ISI Certification. The Bureau may cancel the License if the product fails to meet certification requirements.

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