Neoprene boot covering


New Member
Apr 25, 2019
Within our company, persons performing LOTO (interacting with breakers / disconnects) must wear PPE per the equipment label.
This creates a challenge when due to chemical exposure reasons, their footwear is limited to Neoprene boots.
Requiring operators to have a 2nd pair of safety shoes and then needing to switch shoes would be an issue as the MCC areas are within the production areas
Would leather spats typically used by welders be an acceptable covering?
The other thought is that the foot if the foot is outside the arc flash boundary, maybe we exempt the leather shoe but then if something happens,
everything falls down to the foot area.

Hugh Hoagland

Staff member
Dec 30, 2016
Louisville, KY
The new NFPA 70E 2021 proposal on shoes will allow non-leather if it has been arc tested to assure no ignition of the shoe. ASTM F2621 now has a means to evaluate by arc shoes etc. My experience testing many neoprene and rubber boots has shown no ignitions but not sure what you are using. tests if your company wants testing or contact your boot manufacturer to see if they have tested.