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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 5, 2013

Before taking this quiz, make sure you have read "Understanding Floor Care Terminology," an online exclusive article with information supplemental to what was covered in "Making Grocery Store Floor Care Your Signature Item" from our April 2013 issue.

 

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

  • Nothing; they are essentially the same
  • A contributing factor is simply a legal term describing why a slip-and-fall accident occurred; a human factor means the facility is not at fault for an accident — that it was due to the walker’s negligence or lack of common sense
  • 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?

  • Changes in elevations of an indoor walkway
  • Slopes and valleys of a floor surface
  • Steps and stairs
  • Risers and treads refer to carpets, not hard surface floors or walkways

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

  • It has raised edges or abrasives to ensure safer walking
  • There are cracks and splits on the floor surface that might result in an accident
  • There are chemicals used in the floor’s finish make it less slippery
  • None of the above

4.      What does “COF” refer to?

  • The amount of friction on a dry surface when tested with a slip meter
  • The amount of friction on a wet surface when tested with a slip meter
  • The slip resistance of a floor finish when tested with a slip meter
  • All of the above

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

  • It has become heavily soiled, which can contribute to an accident
  • This refers to slip-resistant chemicals in a floor finish
  • There is a buildup of oil and grease, often found on foodservice floors
  • The slip resistance of a floor finish has worn off

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 $15 billion annually
  • Approximately $50 billion annually
  • Approximately $70 billion annually
  • More than $100 billion annually

7.      Why is understanding floor care terminology important?

  • It makes cleaning professionals more professional
  • It helps cleaning professionals better understand floors and floor care, which can help prevent accidents
  • It helps cleaning professionals identify problems that might contribute to slip-and-fall accidents
  • All of the above

 

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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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