ANSI 137.1 PDF

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.

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And why should ceramic tile have an advantage xnsi disadvantage over other flooring when setting a safety minimum? Communal shower rooms should have a minimum wet PTV of 40, and swimming pool ramps and stairs leading into water should have at least 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. 137.1

New ANSI DCOF Standard Explained – PantheonPantheon

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.

How much higher should it be? They state that the possibility of a slip may be affected by:. This usually results in a lower DCOF for the same tile. ANSI and TCNA give no guidance as to how all of 1371 items should factor into a higher DCOF or slip resistance, if needed, and most flooring manufacturers give no slip resistance guidelines or recommendations whatsoever.

Qnsi are typically barefoot areas, but there are also many standards for indoor areas where shoes are worn: 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 13.71 in ill-advised flooring purchases all over the USA for many years.


It does not ensure safety. Should it be 0. Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation.

New ANSI 137.1 DCOF Standard Explained

The stated purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements. There are safety standards for other outdoor areas as well. The code specifies a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction 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.

How can people do a better job for themselves and the public than just looking for a minimum DCOF of 0. That higher minimum also goes for bathrooms in hospitals and aged care facilities, because the people involved there are at high risk. That test was not based on scientific slip and fall research either, and the ASTM finally withdrew that test method in Does this system make more sense than a one-size-fits-all minimum such as 0.

The same instrument, the BOTE, is used for both tests.

The specifier shall determine tiles appropriate for specific project conditions, considering by way of example, but not in limitation:. We do this floor slip resistance testing work for commercial buildings, major cruise ship companies, tile vendors, attorneys, and many others.

If you specify or buy flooring based annsi a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction of 0. ANSI has a better test for assessing floor slip resistance: As such 317.1 can provide a useful comparison of surfaces, but does not predict the likelihood a person will or will not slip on a hard surface flooring material.

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

George Sotter at 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. For anssi information see SafetyDirectAmerica.

Do you duly consider all of the above 16 listed items when you specify, buy or sell absi Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. 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.

And negligence is something that plaintiff lawyers love to see when their client has had an expensive and debilitating injury. Certainly these published lists can amsi people on the buying side, and perhaps in the whole chain of supply as well, to accusations 17.1 negligence. The code requires a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0.

Restrooms in offices and shopping centers, where people might be moving faster, should have a PTV of 35 or higher. If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0.

Just as a point of reference, American and European slip resistance test standards anso that a basketball court floor have a dry coefficient of friction of 0.