Cofficient of Friction and Probability of Slip

Analysis published many years ago by Pye of Britain’s Building Research Establishment quotes the probability of a slip (not a fall or injury) as varying with the coefficient of friction (COF) between the shoe and floor as follows: COF  Risk, 1 in … 0.40  1,000,000 0.38     100,000 0.34       10,000 0.31 […]

COF vs. Pendulum Test Value

Pendulum slip (or skid) resistance data are usually expressed as PTV, Pendulum Test Value (or sometimes BPN, British Pendulum Number, or even SRV, Slip Resistance Value). The question has been asked, “What’s the coefficient of friction?” This number (dynamic COF) was calculated decades ago at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, and can be obtained […]

Article published in The Construction Specifier magazine talks slip resistance

John C. Sotter and George Sotter of Safety Direct America were published in the July issue of The Construction Specifier magazine with an article talking about floor slip resistance and keeping floors safe for pedestrians. The article talks about the latest International Building Code (IBC) requirements for slip resistance, and its limitations as far as […]

Top 10 Ways of Preventing Slips

Here’s a countdown of some of the most simple and cost-effective ways of stopping slip and fall accidents. 10. Post warnings when and where appropriate. 9. Use solings appropriate to the situation. 8. Chemically etch or grind concrete if it’s too smooth. 7. Make sure stairs comply with your local building code, and that nosings […]

Protecting Your Restaurant Employees from a Slip and Fall

Creating a Safer Restaurant Kitchen Be it a fast food franchise or a Michelin-rated restaurant, a safe environment is imperative for an efficient business. The one hazard to any restaurant employee is the floor.  Grease and food particles land on the floor every day and when mixed with cooks moving about the kitchen, it is […]

Safe Shoes for Slippery Situations

Many people work in situations that can be very slippery underfoot. For instance, a commercial (restaurant or fast-food) kitchen that might have grease on the floor from deep fryers that broadcast it into the air; or a hotel lobby’s glossy floor that needs to be cleaned nightly with detergent solution. In non-work situations, spa slippers […]

The Importance of Slip Resistance Testing for Your Business

One Vital Aspect All Business Owners Should Never Forget Business owners have a myriad of tasks to cover before they start operations. One of those aspects includes the safety of all of those who will enter the premises. The main cause of workplace accidents are slips and falls, and business owners are responsible for the […]

Slips and Falls: To whose benefit?

The respected ancient Roman judge Lucius Cassius, when looking for who might be guilty of a crime, liked to ask, “Cui bono?” — “to whose benefit?” The guilty party is likely to be one who profited from the crime. Slips and falls leading to injury and sometimes to premature death (68 deaths per day in the […]

Preventing Nighttime Slips and Falls in Your Home

The Dangers of the Dark Slips and falls in the home occur every day. The chances of their happening increase in the evening. Since visibility is lower in the dark, the chances of a misstep are more likely to occur. There are measures you can take to ensure your home is safe to navigate once […]