• June 17, 2019

The ANSI A standard applies only to ceramic tile in the Code, but we know of no reason why the safety standard for ceramic tile should be different from. ANSI A AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS FOR CERAMIC TILE – VERSION 1. Learn if ANSI Tile Spec A is enough to protect your floors from slipping accidents. Safety Direct America performs slip resistance testing.

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And negligence is something that plaintiff a173.1 love to see when their client has had an expensive and debilitating injury. The standard, which includes a slip resistance test procedure also known as the AcuTest, is incorporated by reference in the International Building Codeused throughout the United States and in several other countries.

C was withdrawn by the ASTM in since it was a very bad test that was basically responsible for thousands upon thousands of needless slip and fall accidents across the country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. Communal shower rooms should have a minimum wet PTV of 40, and swimming pool ramps and stairs leading into water should have at least Those are typically barefoot areas, but there are also many standards for indoor areas where shoes are worn: ANSI and TCNA give no guidance a13.71 to how all of these items should factor into a higher DCOF or slip resistance, if needed, and most flooring manufacturers give no slip resistance guidelines or recommendations whatsoever.

If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0.


ANSI A – The Tile Council of North America

That higher minimum also goes for bathrooms in hospitals and aged care facilities, because the people involved there are at high risk. They state that the possibility of a slip may be affected by:. The specifier shall determine tiles appropriate for specific project conditions, considering by way of example, but not in limitation:. There are safety standards for other outdoor areas as well. A tile with wet DCOF of only 0.

Certainly these published lists z137.1 expose people on the buying side, and perhaps in the whole a1371 of supply as well, to accusations of a1137.1. How can people do a nasi job for themselves and the public than just looking for a minimum DCOF of 0. 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 any other instrument or test method.

Should it be 0. This usually results in a lower DCOF for the same tile. We do this floor slip resistance testing work for commercial buildings, major cruise ship companies, tile vendors, attorneys, and many others.

It does not ensure safety. 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.

That test was not based on scientific slip and fall research either, and the ASTM finally withdrew that test method in 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. For instance, a hotel bathroom should have a minimum wet PTV of 20 measured using a soft rubber slider to simulate bare feet or soft shoe bottoms.


So does a wet DCOF rating of 0. How much higher should it be?

Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. The code requires a minimum wet snsi coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction of 0. The stated purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements.

There are much more reliable slip resistance test methods available to ascertain what your real-world slip risk will be. The same instrument, the BOTE, is used a1371 both tests. The code specifies a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0.

Does ANSI Tile Spec A137.1 help protect you from liability for slipping accidents?

Do you duly consider all of the above 16 listed items when you specify, buy or sell flooring? Does this system make more sense than a one-size-fits-all minimum such as 0.

Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. For more information see SafetyDirectAmerica. George Sotter at ANSI has a better test for assessing floor slip resistance: