ASTM D Standard Test Method for Static Coefficient of Friction of Polish- Coated Flooring Surfaces as Measured by the James Machine. Jan 5, The ASTM E slip resistance test standard defines the British pendulum . ASTM D is the basis of the testing of floor “waxes” (floor. Oct 31, ABIC Testing Laboratories, Inc. was authorized to test the following samples of metal floor panels for static coefficient of friction (SCOF).

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Both the BOTE and the Tortus see below are capable of making significantly more slip tests per hour than the pendulumm, making those instruments valuable for testing multiple areas of a large floor fairly quickly to see if slip resistance varies in different areas of the floor.

The method applies only to the HPS and not to any other device. We have made a number of custom SCOF measurements for such applications.

Static Coefficient of Friction Measurements

Currently, there is only one computerized version in production and four versions of the machine have been created since We can also examine surfaces with FTIR spectroscopy to characterize polymeric material d2074. The colored UV coating is filled with complex silicates, calcium sulfate, and carbonate fine particles which provide a shorter-range roughness for this walking surface.

Walkway materials which are occasionally wet or normally wet are to have a wet surface SCOF greater than or asrm to 0. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. This valve is sensitive to the amount of force or speed used by the operator to depress it no doubt a part of the precision problemwhich raises the possibility that the operator can unwittingly or wittingly influence the result according to his asm her preconceived notion of whether the floor is slippery or non-slip.

This is irrelevant to measuring pedestrian walking floor slip resistance. Our knowledge and experience in the field of floor slip resistance testing is unmatched in the Americas.

Kinetic friction is between moving surfaces; it measures the friction between two surfaces moving against each other such as a book being pushed across a table or a sled being dragged across the ground. A mineral particle in the high traction surface above using Nomarski differential phase contrast microscopy with a very irregular shape and a very high surface area provides surface roughness on a very fine scale.


Static Coefficient Friction is between non-moving surfaces; it can prevent an object or person from sliding down a gradient surface. ICS Number Code Many other parties benefit financially from these accidents or sale of the slippery flooring that often causes them: The OSHA recommendation is therefore meaningless, but has caused confusion for many years.

We do not recommend its use. SlipAlert left is a roller-coaster type tribometer that is designed to mimic the readings of the modern pendulum.

Many government regulations are based upon ASTM standards. By examining each standard and the atsm that is performed for each, you can choose which non-skid flooring option best suits your applications needs. Although it is necessary for a tribometer to pass this test, it is not sufficient in validating a scientific slip test instrument. ASTM is a type of test that is approved for both wet and dry testing.

This test is often conducted and interpreted by people who have a vested interest in their tribometer having passed the test, and it should not be solely relied upon in deciding whether a slip tester is trustworthy in predicting human traction.

This test can be used on both wet and dry walking surfaces. While conformance with D and its compliance criterion is a primary requirement for polished floor safety, regular, routine maintenance is also an important part of pedestrian safety. The Sigler was invented in the midth century by Percy Sigler of the U.

Designed for applications where safety, durability, and longevity are vital for industrial and commercial environments.

Despite the fact that the ADA never truly endorsed this test method, a great deal of confusion has resulted and misinformation abounds amongst flooring and construction professionals about this poor test method.

It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


It is still available from ASTM as a withdrawn or historical standard. It is presently made in the USA by a single manufacturer.

Slip Resistance Testing Standards in | Safety Direct America

The Technical Products Model 80 is a static slip tester as well and therefore is not suitable for wet testing to assess anti-slip pedestrian safety. The Brungraber Mark is commonly used for measure slip resistance on ramps, in both the laboratory and the field. Request a quote Share to email Send to printer. Dry testing — particularly before the alleged accident and on a periodic monitoring basis traction auditing — can help establish that the floor was safe or anti-slip when dry.

They found that if a polish produced sstm value of 0. The English XL Tribometer mimics the human stepping motion and allows for synchronized application of vertical and horizontal forces.

Click here to see a SlipAlert Video Demonstration. Static friction and Dynamic or Kinetic friction are the two satm of coefficient of friction that are used to determine how safe a floor can be. The experiential data was collected by an independent accounting firm for the Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association. It is the most widely used pedestrian slip resistance test method worldwide.

The Access Board later withdrew this citation, and now provides no suggested test method or safety standard. Some materials also become more pliant when wet and this may cause an increase in the SCOF value. We here at Safety Direct America d22047 slip test your flooring in our lab or on site, or sell you your own slip resistance tester.

The American Slip Meter ASM and A are also static friction testers, and therefore not suitable for wet testing to assess pedestrian safety. Since friction is not a property of a surface but of an interface, holding one surface of the interface the specification leather constant will provide a measure of the friction contribution of various polish surfaces to the interface.