Thursday, January 30, 2014

Slip Resistance Testing Criteria

New Tile Council of North America (TCNA) slip resistance testing criteria for ceramic tile finishes will go into effect in 2014.  Several interesting & informative industry articles are available on this subject. Click here to send me an email if you would like copies of these articles or additional info.

There is also good information on this topic in the 2013 TCNA manual.

From Wikipedia:
Floor slip resistance testing is the science of measuring the coefficient of friction (or resistance to slip accidents) of flooring surfaces, either in a laboratory (before or after installation) or on floors in situ. Slip resistance testing (or floor friction testing) is usually desired by the building's owner or manager when there has been a report of a slip and fall accident, when there has been a report of a near accident, or (preferably) before the flooring is installed on the property. Flooring is tested using a tribometer (floor slip resistance tester) to discover if there is a high propensity for slip and fall accidents on it, either dry or (most often) when wet with water or lubricated with other contaminants such as kitchen grease, hydraulic oil, etc. There have been numerous floor slip resistance testing tribometers and lab devices produced around the world to measure both the static (stationary) and dynamic (in motion) coefficient of friction, but presently there are only a few that are reliable for obtaining useful safety results and that have current official test methods.

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Slip Resistance Testing Machine
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