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Safety Evaluation Criteria of Safety Shoes for Forest Fire Safety

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2020, 16(10), pp.37-44
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2020.16.10.37
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : August 25, 2020
  • Accepted : October 27, 2020
  • Published : October 31, 2020

Sun Joo Lee 1 Kim Sung Yong 1 Kyung Won Seo 1 Lee Ye-eun 1 Seung-Tae Hong 2 Chun Geun Kwon 1

1국립산림과학원
2한국소방산업기술원

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to develop performance evaluation criteria for safety shoes to secure safety and improve work efficiency of forest firefighting crews. Currently there are no standards for safety shoes of forest firefighting crews in South Korea, this research was based on the criteria for safety shoes of firefighters operated by the Korea Fire Equipment Inspection Corporation (KFI). Ten items were selected and tested out of 20 test items through the collection of relevant opinions and review of foreign standards. The test results show that safety shoes and hiking boots had excellent thermal protection performance on the soles. Some of the included polyurethane and shambles fiber materials were found to be not heat resistant. By comparing the judging criteria of ISO 16073, NFPA 1977, NFPA 1971, and BS EN ISO 20345, ten test items and criteria were found suitable for the work environment of firefighting workers in South Korea. This research is expected to contribute to the prevention of human casualties and the improvement of work efficiency of forest firefighters by preparing standards for personal protective equipment.

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