At this time the ADA and OSHA have no published minimum requirement for slip resistance and as a result there is currently no established industry specification for slip resistance. As of 2006, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee on prevention of slips, trips and falls has developed the ANSI B101.1-2009 Test Method for Measuring Wet SCOF (Static Coefficient of Friction) of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials standard which identifies three individual risk categories or “Traction Ranges” for flooring materials. For this week’s blog post, we take a look at the results of our Pecora-Deck Coating Systems when tested per ANSI B101.1-2009 test methods.
It is typically agreed upon within the flooring industry that both wet and dry SCOF be above 0.60 for flat surfaces and 0.80 for ramps. The vast majority of slip and falls occur on wet surfaces and therefore the ANSI B101.1-2009 standard focuses solely on wet SCOF. The table below was taken directly from the ANSI B101.1-2009 standard and represents the published traction ranges including corresponding wet SCOF values, risk probability of slipping and remediation:
SCOF Test Results
Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) was determined using the ANSI B101.1-2009 test method and an American Slip Meter 825A Tribometer with a Neolite surface in contact with the test sample surface. The results reported are the average of four measurements each. Measurements were taken at standard lab conditions on both wet and dry flat surfaces.
When tested per ANSI B101.1-2009 test methods, all tested Pecora-Deck Coating Systems are classified as “High Traction” flooring surfaces. Be aware that Pecora cannot warrant slip resistance performance due to several variables beyond the control of the product applicator or manufacturer, including but not limited to, aggregate type and size, aggregate application techniques, tire and/or shoe composition and condition, on-site maintenance, and environmental influences. Agreement should be reached between all parties involved regarding the desired finished surface profile appearance via an installation mockup under representative site conditions.
For more information, we urge you to contact our Pecora Corporation Technical Services Group. Our expert team is highly qualified to answer any question, recommend the proper solution, or provide testing training. Our Technical Services staff offers training in product technology and use and provides the technical assistance you require in the planning and implementation of your project. They can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (800)-523-6688.