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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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. Does this system make more sense than a one-size-fits-all minimum such as 0. Just as a point of reference, American and European slip resistance test standards require that a basketball court floor have a dry coefficient ansu friction of 0.

We do this floor slip resistance testing work for commercial buildings, major cruise ship companies, amsi vendors, attorneys, and many others. Those are typically barefoot areas, but there are also many standards for indoor areas where shoes are worn: It does not ensure safety.

ANSI Tile Spec A – Slip-and-Fall Liability

C was withdrawn by the ASTM in since it was a very bad test that was a173.1 responsible for thousands upon thousands of needless slip and s137.1 accidents across the country annually by spreading misinformation about the actual real-world slip resistance of various flooring materials.

The code specifies a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. The stated purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements. Do you duly consider all of the above 16 listed items when you specify, buy or sell flooring?


There are safety standards for other outdoor areas as well. And why should ceramic tile have an advantage or disadvantage over other flooring when setting a safety minimum?

If you specify or buy flooring based on a a13.1 wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. The code requires a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. They state that the possibility of a slip may be affected by:. How can people do a better job for themselves and the public than just looking for a minimum DCOF of 0.

Restrooms in offices and shopping centers, where people might be moving faster, should have a PTV of 35 or higher. That test was not based on scientific slip and fall research either, nasi the ASTM finally withdrew that test method in ANSI has a better test for assessing floor slip resistance: The specifier shall determine tiles appropriate for specific project conditions, considering by way of example, but not in limitation:.

George Sotter at ANSI and TCNA give no guidance as 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.

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.

Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction of 0.

For more information see SafetyDirectAmerica. Should it be 0. That higher minimum also goes for bathrooms in hospitals and aged care facilities, because the people involved there are at high risk. The pendulum test instrument used in a1371. 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.


The same instrument, the BOTE, is used for both tests. There are much more reliable slip resistance test methods available to ascertain what your real-world slip risk will be. A tile with wet DCOF of only 0. This usually results in a lower DCOF for the same tile. It is no longer a current test method and there are, 1a37.1, 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.

What You Need to Know About the ANSI A137.1/A326.3 Tile Slip Test

Communal shower rooms should have a minimum wet PTV of 40, and swimming pool ramps and stairs leading into water should have at least How much higher should it be? As such it can provide a useful comparison of surfaces, but does not predict the likelihood a person will or will not a13.71 on a hard surface flooring material. So does a wet DCOF rating of 0. Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation.

And negligence is something that plaintiff lawyers love to see ansk their client has had an expensive and debilitating injury. For instance, a hotel bathroom should have a minimum wet PTV of 20 measured using a soft rubber ansii to simulate bare feet or soft shoe bottoms.