Safety and professional shoes are part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) by law, must be subject to a type examination and carry the CE mark.
Any kind of later change is not admissible, because then the shoes do not correspond to the type examination certificate of the underlying type anymore and consequently the compliance with standards, the validity of the CE mark and the legal security for employers and employees will be lost.
In order to provide standard compliant safety and professional shoes to people needing orthopaedic care, the national standard ÖNORM Z 1259 was set up in Austria.
This standard is a processing standard, which rules the production, conformity assessment and the marketing of orthopaedic safety and professional shoes.
The ÖNORM Z 1259 is a national standard and only valid in Austria. The Employer’s Liability Insurance Associations in Germany have defined the directive DGUV 112-191 (former BGR 191), which provides indications to the employer, on how he can reach his protection targets and is only applicable in Germany.
According to the new ÖNORM Z 1259 there is the possibility to use so-called „modular orthopaedic systems“. These modular systems include, besides the shoes or
semi-finished product, all parts, which are necessary for the modification of the shoes as well as all necessary documents and individually designed manufacturing specifications.
The producer of the modular system submits prototypes with the minimum and maximum design of orthopaedic modification of the shoe to a notified test institution for the type examination procedure.
Both, the minimum and the maximum version are tested according to ÖNORM EN ISO 20345:2012 (safety shoes) or EN ISO 20347:2012 (professional shoes). If the test result is positive, it is assumed that all modifications between the minimum and maximum version also comply with the requirements of the standard. This offers the possibility of customized adaptations.
There are 3 different versions of orthopaedic safety shoes:
Version A: Safety shoes with adapted insoles (finished model), approx. 90 %
Version B: Modular system (semi-finished model) for adaptation (posture compensation, height correction, etc.), approx. 5 %.
Version C: Modular system for individual adjustment of safety shoes (custom-made shoes), approx. 5 %
After having obtained the EC type examination certificate, every duly qualified orthopaedic specialist is entitled to finish safety and professional shoes upon approval by the modular system producer according to the defined specifications in a standard-compliant manner and mark them independently according to ÖNORM Z 1259.
In cooperation with the orthopaedic specialist MEDWALKER, we have developed the standard-tested modular system SCHÜTZEMED according to ÖNORM Z 1259, which enables the orthopaedic shoemaker to carry out orthopaedic adjustments to safety shoes within the valid standards.
Safety shoes manufactured according to ÖNORM Z 1259 provide legal security for the employer as well as for the orthopaedic
shoemaker and offer suitable orthopaedic safety shoes to the employee.
legal security for all involved parties
ATTENTION: Safety shoes according to ÖNORM Z 1259 may only be produced or finished by an orthopaedic shoemaker due to liability criteria. All safety shoes according to ÖNORM Z 1259 features, besides the normal label, also the OS mark (orthopaedic shoemaker) on the outside of the shoe.
Sample label of orthopaedically modified shoes (SCHÜTZEMED) with the following information: