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HFI launches a slip/fall prevention workgroup

March 20, 2012
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BOISE, ID — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is assembling a Slip/Fall Prevention Workgroup, according to a press release.

The purpose of the workgroup is to discuss ways in which cleaning and follow-up measurement can reduce the incidence of slips and falls in foodservice and other environments, the release stated.

According to a press release, the voluntary workgroup will meet "virtually" — communications will be handled via e-mail — and the initial discussion question starting April 1 will detail the ramifications of ANSI/NFSI B101.3.

• ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Scope: This test method specifies the procedures and devices used for both laboratory and field testing to measure the wet dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of common hard surface floor materials.

• ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Purpose: This test method provides a measurement procedure setting forth DCOF ranges which facilitate remediation of walkway surfaces when warranted.

• ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Application: This test method does not apply to carpeting of any type but does address the common hard surface flooring materials such as: Ceramic and porcelain tile, polished concrete, stone, vinyl floor coverings, wood and synthetic laminates and such materials with coatings or polishes applied.

Workgroup participants include: Peter Ermish of Variosystems Inc.; Dennis Fetzer of Fetzer Consulting; and Kenneth Fisher of Nu-Safe, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

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