ANSI Floor Safety Standards, a historical review

 

This information detailing the ANSI standard that addresses slip resistance on walking and working surfaces was initially published in 2002 but provides valuable information to this day. It was drafted help reduce slip and fall incidents, a major cause of workplace fatalities. I am providing it here for background information.

Nano-Grip addresses the issue of slippery floors by actually changing the surface of the floor and rendering it less slippery when wet than dry. A Nano-Gripped floor will meet or exceed ANSI and government standards with no change in its appearance.

 

Some 15 percent of accidental workplace deaths are caused by slips, trips and falls, which are second only to traffic crash fatalities as a leading cause of fatal workplace injuries.

 

Focusing on reducing slips and falls in the workplace, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently published a new American National Standard: “Standard for the Provision of Slip Resistance on Walking/Working Surfaces (A1264.2)”.

 

“This standard can help safety professionals reduce workplace slips and falls, providing basic guidelines for professionals to apply to their own workplace,” said Keith Vidal, of St. Louis, Mo., chair of the A1264.2 subcommittee and an ASSE member. “The A1264.2 standard is a useful tool in developing a slip/trip/fall prevention program or updating an existing one. This standard defines slip resistance in terms and aspects that were not covered in previous standards and that can be used by safety professionals in the work environment today.”

 

The American National Standard A1264.1-1995 “Safety Requirements for Workplace Floor and Wall Openings, Stairs and Railing Systems,” as well as many regional model building codes, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and other American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards use the term “slip resistance”. The A1264.2 standard was necessary to further define the term slip resistance and to establish common and accepted practices for providing reasonably safe walking and working surfaces. The standard was approved by ANSI July 2, 2001, with ASSE serving as secretariat for the A1264 Standards Committee.

 

The A1264.2 explores surface characteristics, footwear traction properties and environmental factors of slip resistance to ensure a safer walking and working environment. It explains floor characteristics, including the installation of mats and runners, controlling access to areas with a slippery environment and provided appropriate signage, footwear traction properties, such as a shoe’s sole design to ensure slip resistance, housekeeping training and maintenance, surface testing equipment and floor selection.

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