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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The stated purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements.

ANSI A – The Tile Council of North America

And why should ceramic tile have an advantage or disadvantage over other flooring when setting a safety minimum? Those are typically barefoot areas, but there are also many standards for indoor areas where shoes are qnsi That higher minimum also goes for bathrooms in hospitals and aged care facilities, because the people involved there are at high risk.

This usually results in a lower DCOF for the same tile. It does not ensure safety. 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.

Should it be 0. If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. How can people do a better job for themselves and the public than just looking for a minimum DCOF of 0.

The code specifies a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. The code requires a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction DCOF of 0. ANSI has a better test for assessing floor slip resistance: A tile with wet DCOF of only 0.


So does a wet DCOF rating of 0. C was withdrawn by the ASTM in since it was a very bad test that was basically responsible for thousands upon thousands of needless slip and fall accidents across the country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.

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.

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

There are safety standards for other outdoor areas as well. 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.

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 billions in ill-advised flooring purchases all over the USA for many years. Do you duly consider all of the above 16 listed annsi when you specify, buy or sell flooring?

There are much more reliable slip resistance test methods available to ascertain what your real-world slip risk will be. As such it 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. Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation.

ANSI Tile Spec A – Slip-and-Fall Liability

How much higher should it be? If you specify or buy flooring based on a minimum wet dynamic coefficient of friction of 0. And negligence is something that plaintiff lawyers love to see when their client has had an expensive and debilitating injury.


Here we tell you why, and how to avoid the situation. That test was not based on scientific slip and fall research either, and the ASTM finally withdrew that test method in Just as a point of reference, American and European slip resistance test standards require that a basketball court floor have a dry coefficient of friction of 0.

Does ANSI Tile Spec A137.1 help protect you from liability for slipping accidents?

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 Anso since the s, so the research into these safety standards are unparalleled with any other instrument or test method.

We do this floor slip resistance testing work for commercial buildings, major cruise ship companies, tile vendors, attorneys, and many others. They state that the possibility of a slip may be affected by:. 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.

Restrooms in offices and shopping centers, where people might be moving faster, should have a PTV of 35 or higher.