ANSI Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) STANDARD. After years research, the tile industry has now passed a new standard for. Learn if ANSI Tile Spec A is enough to protect your floors from slipping accidents. Safety Direct America performs slip resistance testing. ANSI A has always specified ASTM C for coefficient of friction test results. • There has never been a requirement in ANSI or any other governing body.
|Published (Last):||10 July 2017|
|PDF File Size:||16.89 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||8.47 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
How much higher should it 1377.1 The pendulum test instrument used in this situation-specific test has been testing floors involved in actual real-world slip and fall accidents in the United Kingdom since the s, so the research into these safety standards are unparalleled with asni other instrument or test method.
It does not ensure safety. That higher minimum also goes for bathrooms in hospitals and aged care facilities, because the people involved there are at high risk.
ANSI A Tile Slip Test
So does a wet DCOF rating of 0. Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation.
There are much more reliable slip resistance test methods available to ascertain what your real-world slip risk will be. The standard, which includes a slip resistance test procedure also known as the AcuTest, is incorporated 173.1 reference in the International Building Codeused throughout the United States and in several other countries.
What You Need to Know About the ANSI A137.1/A326.3 Tile Slip Test
Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. They state that the possibility of a slip may be affected by:. Those are typically barefoot areas, but there are also many standards for indoor areas where shoes are worn: The stated purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements. A tile with wet DCOF of only 0. It is no longer a current test method and there are, thankfully, no plans to ever resurrect that very poor test method that has been causing slip and fall accidents and billions in ill-advised flooring purchases all over the USA for many years.
For more information see SafetyDirectAmerica.
Just as a point of reference, American and European slip resistance test standards require that a basketball court floor have a dry coefficient of friction of 0. Communal shower rooms should have a minimum wet PTV of 40, and swimming pool ramps and stairs leading into water should have at least And why should ceramic tile have an advantage or disadvantage over other flooring when setting a safety minimum?
The specifier shall determine tiles appropriate for specific project conditions, considering amsi way of example, but not in limitation:. We do this floor 1377.1 resistance testing work for commercial buildings, major cruise ship companies, tile vendors, attorneys, and many others. Restrooms in offices asi shopping centers, where people might be moving faster, should have a PTV of 35 or higher.
Certainly these published lists can expose people on the buying side, and perhaps in the whole chain of supply as well, to accusations of negligence.
If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction of 0.
ANSI Tile Spec A – Slip-and-Fall Liability
This usually results in a lower DCOF for the same tile. The same instrument, the BOTE, is used for both tests. George Sotter at If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0.
There are safety standards for other outdoor areas as well. Does this system make more sense than a one-size-fits-all minimum such as 0. ANSI has a better test for assessing floor slip resistance: C was withdrawn by the ASTM in since it was a very bad test that was basically responsible for thousands upon thousands of needless slip and fall accidents across the country annually by spreading misinformation about the actual real-world slip resistance of various flooring materials.
137.11 instance, a hotel bathroom should have a minimum wet PTV of 20 annsi using a soft rubber slider to simulate bare feet or soft shoe bottoms.
Does ANSI Tile Spec A137.1 help protect you from liability for slipping accidents?
The code requires a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. And negligence is something that plaintiff lawyers love to see when their client has had an expensive and debilitating injury. Do you duly consider all of the above 16 listed items when you specify, buy or sell flooring?