Walkway Safety Testing is the method for measuring wet dynamic coefficient of friction of common hard-surface floor materials. In short, measurements are taken to determine the slip resistance potential of the subject floor material.
Walkway Safety Testing aims to help prevent costly slip, trip and fall incidents by accurately measuring the potential slip resistance of flooring materials and by providing industry-accepted action and limit thresholds for facilitating remediation of walkway surfaces when warranted.
Walkway Safety Testing is essential for addressing the slip resistance potential of common hard-surface floor 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. Owners and Property Managers benefit from accurate third-party Walkway Safety Testing performed by Qualified Walkway Auditors.
Walkway Safety Testing can be completed on installed or uninstalled flooring materials. Each test represents only the current conditions of the subject flooring materials and, therefore, scheduling routine and regular testing for the most comprehensive summary of slip resistance potential.
Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) is defined as the ratio of the horizontal component of force applied to a body required to overcome resistance to movement when the body is already in motion divided by the vertical component of the weight of the body or force applied to the surface where movement occurs.
DCOF values above 0.42 (0.45 on inclines) are considered to have a high slip resistance potential offering a lower probability of slipping. DCOF values between 0.30 and 0.42 (0.30 and 0.45 on inclines) are considered to have an acceptable slip resistance potential offering an increased probability of slipping. DCOF values below 0.30 are considered to have a low slip resistance potential offering a higher probability of slipping.