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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