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Improving the World’s Most Sophisticated Floor Slip-Resistance Safety Standards

In June’s post we discussed situation-specific slip resistance safety standards, which reflect the use or function of a floor and the friction (coefficient of friction) demands placed on it. Many U.S. floor friction standards are “one size fits all” — for instance, a wet dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of 0.43 is considered adequate for […]

Situation-Specific Floor Slip Resistance Testing Standards

In the USA, pedestrian slip resistance standards for flooring have traditionally been pass-fail. For instance, a coefficient of friction (COF) of 0.60 might be considered “safe” but 0.59 was “not safe.” This applied to any situation provided the floor was level. Recently the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published some standards that are a […]

Variables that Affect Slip Resistance of Polished Concrete

At the 6th Annual International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference in Atlanta in September 2013, a panel discussion was organized and chaired by Ken Fisher of Nu-Safe. On the panel were the manufacturer of the BOT-3000E tribometer (floor slip resistance test meter); an Orlando attorney for large international property owners; and slip and fall prevention […]

BOT-3000 Data Features Enhance Courtroom Credibility

Periodic testing of your company’s floors’ slip resistance can detect problems so they can be solved before they cause an accident, and can help verify that there are no remaining problems. Routine monitoring slip tests are typically conducted quarterly, semiannually, or annually. However, various unrelated pedestrian factors such as prescription and non-prescription drug use, intoxication, […]

Misleading ASTM C 1028 Friction Test Continues to Wreak Havoc in the USA

Misguided investments of hundreds of millions of dollars in slippery flooring … pain, suffering, and financial losses to accident victims and their families … lawsuits by the thousands … and lack of consumer confidence in ceramic tile and other hard flooring: these are some of the consequences of a poorly-conceived floor “slip-resistance” test — ASTM […]

Anti-Slip Transparent Coating Lets Hotels Eliminate Tub/Shower Mats

Most hotels and motels with slippery bathtub and shower floors have been using suction cup mats to give bathers safer footing, albeit only on a small part of the slippery surface. These mats need to be laundered daily or they will harbor bacteria, foot fungus and mold. Because of the laundering the mats deteriorate quickly […]

BREAKING NEWS: Dynamic Slip Testing Enters International Building Code!

Slip accident prevention in the USA and Canada finally emerged from the Stone Age when dynamic coefficient of friction testing with a specific test method and safety standard became a verified part of the current International Building Code (IBC) in February 2013. The IBC is used in more than a dozen countries, such as the USA, […]

Travel and Dining Apps, Web Sites Report on Slippery Floors

Think no one notices that your business has slippery floors? Check out web sites and apps like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Customers are likely to report slippery floors, and this could attract scammers. (Some of the reports may even be posted by scammers in preparation for their next score!) You don’t need that kind of publicity. […]

Stop Slips on Cruise Ships

A slip and fall on a cruise ship can not only ruin several peoples’ dream vacation, but also cost a cruise line company major bucks. Two of the world’s largest cruise ship companies are now using Safety Direct America for testing and recommendations to prevent future slipping accidents. Cruise ships are especially vulnerable to slips due […]

Save $300 on New BOT-3000E Digital Slip Resistance Tester

The BOT-3000 digital tribometer is used as a slip resistance tester of flooring using ANSI B101.1 and the more generally useful B101.3 (2012) standards as test methods for static and dynamic coefficient of friction respectively. The BOT-3000 has been a huge success, but now there’s a new version, the  3000E (see photo), with even more advanced features:   Large color display […]