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March 20, 2012
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The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Launches a Slip/Fall Prevention Workgroup

Boise ID - The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is assembling a Slip/Fall Prevention Workgroup to discuss ways in which cleaning and follow-up measurement can reduce the incidence of slips and falls in foodservice and other environments.

The voluntary workgroup will meet ‘virtually’ - communications will be handled via email - and the initial discussion question starting April 1st is:

What are 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, however does address the common hard-surfaced 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.

More Notes: ANSI B101.3 Test Method for Measuring Wet DCOF of Common Hard-Surfaced Floor Materials

- This standard was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on January 18, 2012.

- It is the first American national standard for Dynamic Coefficient of Friction measurements.

- DCOF is the global standard outside the United States and is gradually becoming the consensus standard in the USA.

- ANSI B101.3 is based on research developed in Europe to support both the DIN (Germany) and EN ( European Union) DCOF standards.

- The Concrete Polishers Association of America adopted the B101.3 as their industry standard soon after its release by ANSI.

- The Tile Council of North America has now added a DCOF measurement method to their own ANSI standard.

- ANSI B101. 3 is unique in that it includes specific approval criteria for the selection of a tribometer to use with the standard.

The standard is available for purchase here: http://nfsi.easystorecreator.com/items/standards/ANSI_B101_3-detail.htm

Workgroup participants include:

Peter Ermish, Variosystems

Dennis Fetzer, Fetzer Consulting

Kenneth Fisher, Nu-Safe

Russell Kendzior, NFSI

David Ludwin, CNA Insurance

Bob Robinson Sr., Kaivac

Heidi Wilcox, UMass Lowell, TURI

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Slip/Fall Prevention Workgroup will issue periodic statements approved by all workgroup members to benefit the cleaning industry.

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