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Scientific & Government Agencies' Parameters of Slip & Falls in the USA

Americans' with Disability Act USA, states that in order for a horizontal surface to be considered safe, it must have a SCOF of 0.6 or higher. A No. 1001 treated surface is guaranteed to have a SCOF of 0.6 or higher. Scientific Details of Slippery Floor - According to ANSI* and NFSI ** standards, any floor having SCOF* of 0.5 COF*** or above is safe to walk, and a count less than that, is dangerous and there is a possibility of Slippery Floor Accidents and the same of Wet surfaces is 0.7 COF (for safe walking). *American National Standards Institute, USA- ANSI **National Floor Safety Institute, USA ***Coefficient of Friction

Accepted Industry Standards

As adopted by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) :0.50 COF or above has been traditionally recognized as providing non-hazardous walk-way surfaces. According to the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and the A. D. Act of 1992 ( American Disability Act,1992) OSHA 29 CFR, PART -1910, SEC.1910.22, Page 1, Surface Conditions. No.2, Slip-Resistance: "A COF OF 0.5 is not intended to be an absolute standard value. A higher COF may be necessary for Work task."


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