Pendulum: The Most Widely Used Slip Resistance Test Worldwide

The pendulum skid tester, known in the U.S. as the “British pendulum” although it was invented at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, is the most widely used floor slip resistance tester worldwide for measuring the slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces. It is a national floor slip test standard in at least 49 nations. There […]

ANSI Issuing Another Standard Slip Test Method for Flooring Materials

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is issuing a new test method, with minimum dynamic coefficient of friction (COF) standard, for slip resistance of hard flooring materials, wet or dry, laboratory or field testing. No minimum COF is provided for exterior applications. The BOT-3000E digital tribometer is approved for testing. The Secretariat for the new […]

Slip Resistance of Basketball and Volleyball Floors

Floors for indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, etc.) need careful attention to their dry slip resistance. Players must have enough traction to start and stop quickly, yet not so much that they can’t pivot rapidly. Fortunately, there are well-defined and long-accepted standards for the slip resistance of these floors, using the pendulum skid testing instrument with […]

Fixing Your Slippery Epoxy Floor

We are continually amazed at how often contractors will install an epoxy floor coating with little or no effort to make it slip-resistant under its known conditions of use — namely, sometimes wet and/or greasy. This happens in commercial, industrial, and household situations. Sometimes there’s no abrasive added to help with wet slip resistance. Other […]

Floor and Tile Slip Resistance Testing Lab: Fast Turnaround AND Low Prices

Safety Direct America makes a specialty of floor slip resistance (coefficient of friction) testing, offering both fast turnaround times and low prices. Here’s a comparison with our chief competitor, using ANSI A137.1 dynamic coefficient of friction testing (DCOF AcuTest) as an example: Turnaround time                   Our price     […]

Water Parks: Inputs Wanted for Splash Pad Slip Resistance Standard

“Splash pads” are areas that contain water-play features and may contain play structures, but do not permit water to accumulate to any real depth. Their aliases include aquatic play pad, spray zone, spray pool, spray pad, spray deck, rain deck, and splash deck. There are 5,000–10,000 commercial or public splash pads in the USA, and […]

John Glenn’s career-changing slip and fall

The world mourns the loss of pioneering astronaut and former U.S. senator John H. Glenn Jr., who in 1959 became one of America’s first astronauts, one of the “Mercury Seven,” and was the first American to orbit the Earth. Less remembered is the slip-and-fall accident that was a major factor in his early political career, […]