UL410 “Standard for Slip Resistance of Floor Surface Materials” is an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard that rates materials and surfaces as “slip resistant” if they achieve an index of 0.50 or higher on a James Machine with a three-inch-square leather pad.
As well as testing in our laboratories, we also offer a full on-site consultancy service regarding skid and slip, covering issues such as: cleaning regimes, maintenance, integrity of substrate, wearing or weathering of the flooring surface, presence of any sealants on the surface of the floor and trafficking patterns.
Floor slip resistance is an important safety measure that all architects must be aware of when specifying flooring materials. In general, architects are concerned about slip resistance where floors can become wet from water (such as on ceramic tile in bathrooms) or from grease and oils (such as in commercial kitchens or garages).
Slip Resistance Testing. Many of our customer’s have concerns about the anti-slip properties of our Betco and Mighty Mac floor finishes. This information is reprinted from materials obtained from both manufacturers about floor finish slip resistance.
It's important to check slip resistance in use, for example, with a coefficient of friction test R-Rating of Floors. In relation to r-rating of floors for shod slip resistance, it's very important to note that there are no R1 to R8 values and that R9 floors may have the highest shod slip risk.
What You Need to Know About the ANSI A137.1/A326.3 Tile Slip Test. If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of 0.42 referred to in the 2012 International Building Code, (IBC) you may be vulnerable to charges of negligence if a slipping injury occurs on that floor.
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.
The term “slip resistant” is beginning to be replaced by the term “high traction.” Many chemicals used to finish floors, as well as work shoes, used the term slip-resistant to describe products designed to prevent slips, trips and falls.
One of the key components of safety is defining how slippery the floor is; this is known as its 'slip resistance'. In fact, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 stipulate that floors must not be slippery so that they put people's safety at risk.
Slip Resistance Testing Standards in 2018. Updated January 5, 2018 Sotter Engineering Corporation, Mission Viejo, CA USA. Please click on Slip Resistance Testing if you would like a slip test done on your flooring, either in our lab or in the field.
Periodic slip resistance testing (or traction auditing) of your floor’s slip-resistance has many potentially multi-million dollar cost-saving benefits for building owners and safety mangers. We can test dry only for areas that stay dry in use; and dry and wet for areas that get wet in use.