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New walkway safety standard released

July 9, 2012

SOUTHLAKE, TX — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B101 committee on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention has released the latest in its line of walkway safety standards, according to a press release.

The ANSI/NFSI B101.0-2012 "Walkway Surface Auditing Procedure for the Measurement of Walkway Slip Resistance" has established the first-ever procedure for evaluating the slip and fall potential for almost any type of walkway, and will serve as an important tool for employers, property owners and insurers to accurately measure and mitigate their slip and fall risk, the release stated.

"This standard was more than six years in the making, and reflects a lot of hard work by many people representing a wide range of industries," said Brent Johnson, chief auditor of traction auditing and the chairman of the B101.0 subcommittee.

"Through the use of this walkway auditing standard, property owners can now accurately measure and document compliance with the ANSI B101 series of national safety standards and in the end reduce the number of slip and fall events," Johnson added.

According to the release, with falls being the leading cause of emergency room visits in the U.S., many companies are desperately searching for a solution to this problem.

Business owners are encouraged to audit their walkways to identify risk of a slip and fall, and in-turn to reduce associated and mounting costs, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.