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May 30, 2013
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NFSI Appoints University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s (UOWM)’s Dr. Beschorner as Sub-Committee Chair of the ANSI B101.7 Committee for New Footwear Slip Resistance Test Standard
-  Appointment Supports MoU Between NFSI and UOWM

SOUTHLAKE, TX — The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kurt Beschorner - Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UOWM) in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering - as the new sub-committee chair of the ANSI B101.7 committee developing a new footwear slip resistance test standard.

According to Russ Kendzior, president of NFSI: “We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Beschorner’s stature to serve as the new sub-committee chair of the ANSI B101.7 as it supports the related MoU with UOWM, and the work of our multi-university research committee in development.”

Dr. Kurt Beschorner ‘s research applies rigorous methods in tribology and biomechanics to identify the underlying causes of fall accidents and develop strategies to prevent these accidents. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and his research on slip and fall accidents can be found in the journals: Ergonomics, Applied Ergonomics, IIE Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, Journal of Tribology, Tribology Letter and Tribology Transactions.

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UOWM) have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on footwear research to develop and disseminate slip and fall prevention standards info, training, and other resources to increase footwear safety and prevent slips and falls.

NFSI and UOWM will:

  • Investigate and determine a whole-shoe test device to serve as the basis of a national footwear slip resistance test standard;
  • Designate a UOWM representative (Dr. Beschorner) to serve as the chairperson of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B 101.7 sub-committee on the measurement of footwear slip resistance;
  • Collaborate and participate in NFSI falls prevention and awareness activities;
  • Support and participate in sponsored research, conferences, related meetings, and events;
  • Designate representatives as points of contact to meet on a regular schedule;
  • Share information - including data analysis and evidence-based health research - to quantify costs, reduce and prevent falls;
  • Participate in national media events and major press conferences of mutual interest;
  • Serve on the respective boards of each organization;
  • Collaborate and participate in falls prevention and awareness activities;
  • Enable a representative from UOWM (Dr. Beschorner) to serve on NFSI’s Research Committee.

Dr. Beschorner’s involvement is key to maximizing the MoU, noted Kendzior.

“We are also developing a multi-university Research Committee to support this effort: Murray State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, GeorgiaTech University, Rowan University, and the University of Texas, Dallas,” said Kendzior.

About NFSI
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) was founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to aid in the prevention of slip-and-fall accidents through education, training and research. The NFSI is led by a fifteen-member Board of Directors representing product manufacturers, insurance underwriters, trade associations, and independent consultants.

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