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Rick Edsall

Jul 30, 2014

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Slip Resistant Flooring According to the CTIOA

Slip resistant or non-slip floors are a must for anyone with industrial flooring in their business. It’s important to keep your business as safe of an environment as possible. You don’t want to have employees worrying about injuring themselves on the job simply because the floor is too slippery. Invest some of your time and effort and prepare your flooring to be slip resistant and completely safe for work.

The Slip Resistance Committee of the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) is dedicated to stopping workplace injuries or death caused by slippery flooring. There are five standards set by the CTIOA that measures the slip-resistance of an industrial floor. The range is from R9-R13 with the highest number being the most slip resistant. It is important to have your flooring tested to ensure it is safe enough to work on.

The CTIOA suggest using a method called the variable-angle ramp test. This measures the the slip resistance on wet or lubricated floors. This test is done by people walking on a floor sample and adjusting the angle of the sample until the subject can no longer successfully walk without slipping. The steeper the slope is when the testing is done, the more slip resistant the flooring is.

There are a number of things that can cause such poor conditions on flooring. Some of which are coatings and cleanings as well as chemical and mechanical alterations of the floor. Generally there is a human element involved in causing floors to become less slip resistant but if proper precautions are taken then your workplace will see less injuries, which can save your company money down the road. Clean the floor regularly and check with the manufacturer to see what they recommend to keeping the floor less slippery. Place warning signs when you notice the floors have become too slippery to operate on as well.

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