IS 15298(PART 3):2019

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 3):2019 for protective footwear.

Protective Footwear is covered under IS 15298(Part 3):2019. This standard specifies basic and additional requirements for protective Footwear.

Protective Footwear with toecaps, designed to protect the wearer from injuries caused by accidents when tested at an energy level of at least 100 J and against compression when tested at a compression force of at least 10 kN.

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.

The basic criteria described in this standard shall be met by protective Footwear, and protective Footwear must meet one of the design specifications stated in the standard.

All specified tests must be done in accordance with the methodologies indicated in the specification in a laboratory that is well-maintained, adequately equipped, and manned.

Test required

The following major tests shall be required for protective Footwear:

  • Impact resistance test
  • Compressive resistance test
  • The corrosion resistance of metallic toecaps
  • Leakproofness test
  • Tear strength test
  • Tensile properties test
  • Flexing resistance test
  • Water vapour permeability and coefficient test
  • pH value
  • Hydrolysis test
  • Abrasion resistance test
  • Penetration resistance test

Depending on the risks experienced in the workplace, additional requirements for protective Footwear may be required. In such instances, protective Footwear must comply with the additional requirement and markings outlined in the standard.

Each item of protective Footwear must be clearly and permanently marked with the following information:

  • Size.
  • Manufacturer's identification mark.
  • Manufacturer's type designation.
  • Year of manufacture.
  • The number and year of this European Standard and any 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.

isi mark


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