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Current Industry Standards

The current floor safety industry has recently established safety requirements. Our commitment is to provide services that help our clients meet each of these standards.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A326.3

This standard describes the test method for measuring the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of hard surface walkways.

Details:

  • Can be used in the laboratory or in the field.

  • Can be used under prevailing conditions or clean conditions.

  • Hard surface flooring materials suitable for level interior spaces expected to be walked upon when wet with water, shall have a wet DCOF of 0.42 or greater when tested using SBR sensor material and SLS solution as per this standard.

  • Hard surface flooring materials suitable for level interior spaces not intended to be walked upon when wet, shall have a dry DCOF of 0.42 or greater when tested using SBR sensor material per this standard.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA does not have any standards that mandate a particular COF for walkways, but rather defers to ANSI measurement standards. An OSHA proposal from 1990 mentions an SCOF value of 0.6, but this proposal was only recommendation.

Sec. 2910.22 (d) of OSHA General Requirements:

  • (1) the employer must ensure through regular and periodic inspection and maintenance, that walking-working surfaces are in a safe condition for employee use

  • (2) the employer must ensure that all hazardous conditions are promptly corrected