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A Quick Quiz On Floor Care Terminology

A test of your knowledge on some of the words and phrases related to slips, trips and falls.

April 05, 2013
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1.      What’s the difference between a contributing factor and a human factor when it comes to slips, trips and falls?

  • A contributing factor describes any situation that might have contributed to a slip, trip or fall; a human factor refers to differing physical attributes of a person that might have contributed to an accident

2.      What do “risers” and “treads” refer to?

  • Steps and stairs

3.      What does it mean to say a floor has “asperities”?

  • It has raised edges or abrasives to ensure safer walking

4.      What does “COF” refer to?

  • The amount of friction on a dry surface when tested with a slip meter

5.      What does it mean to say that “polymerization” has occurred on a floor?

  • There is a buildup of oil and grease, often found on foodservice floors

6.      What is the estimated amount of money spent on medical costs as a result of slip-and-fall accidents in the U.S.?

  • Approximately $70 billion annually

7.      Why is understanding floor care terminology important?

  • All of the above


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