Ref: NIST Special Publication 831 99ED "Directory of Professional/Trade Organization Laboratory Accreditation/Designation Programs"(Pg. 83) by Charles Hyer, Editor

 

PROFESSIONAL/TRADE
(PT)ORGANIZATION:

Voices of Safety International (VOSI)

PRIMARY CONTACT:

Mr. Donald Meserlian

ADDRESS:

264 Park Ave
N Caldwell NJ 07006

PHONE:

(973) 228-2258

FAX:

(973) 228-0276

E-MAIL:

dmeserlian@voicesofsafety.com

URL:

http://www.voicesofsafety.com

PROGRAM TITLE:

Slip Resistance Test Certification.

DESCRIPTION:

Ensure that test laboratories use VOSI specifications/test methods - V41.21 "Slip Resistant Walkways", and V41.22 "Slip Resistant Footwear" - correctly.

 

DATE ESTABLISHED

March 24, 1999.

PROGRAM SCOPE:

Accredits laboratories for slip resistance, static coefficient of friction (SCOF) of walkway materials, coatings, and footwear.

PRODUCTS TESTED:
(Categories)

Slip-resistance tested walkway materials, coatings and footwear products.

 

*

STANDARDS/
TEST METHODS USED:

A list of standards used for the program is published on the internet at (http://www.voicesofsafety.com).

 

LABS LISTED/
ACCREDITED:

1 as of May 24, 1999.

ISO/IEC GUIDE 58:

Program does conform to ISO/IEC Guide 58.

VALIDITY/RENEWAL:

Accreditation is valid for five years. Renewals are issued whenever the lab operator requires certification.

ASSESSOR STATUS:

1 part-time assessor.

ASSESSOR QUALIFICATIONS:

Test equipment operators' certification is based on passing SCOF testing of Polypropylene secondary standard test surface.

ASSESSOR TRAINING:

There is no assessor training program.

PROGRAM FEES:

There is a fee to participate, and it is set by VOSI. There is no fee schedule available.

APPEAL PROCEDURES:

There is no appeals procedure.

PUBLICATIONS:

The program is described in "Certification Procedures for VOSI" V41.21 and V41.22, which is published on the internet at (http://www.voicesofsafety.com).

LOGO/MARK:

VOSI has a logo.

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY:

Accreditation is available to all US private sector and government laboratories, all foreign private sector and government laboratories, and all purchasers of technical products for floor and footwear friction testing.

LIST/DIRECTORIES:

No directory of laboratories is published.

 

PUBLISHED
PROCEDURES:

Assessment procedures are published in VOSI V41.21 and V41.22.

* See www.voicesofsafety.com for a complete list of Standards/Standard Guides & proposed standards being balloted on-line. E-mail: dmeserlian@voicesofsafety.com

Ref: NIST Special Publication 831 99ED "Directory of Professional/Trade Organization Laboratory Accreditation/Designation Programs"(Pg. 84) by Charles Hyer, Editor

 

 

LABORATORY
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA:
Must Be A Legal Entity
Must Be Financially Stable
Must Be Independent Of Manufacturers/Suppliers Of Products
Must Have An Effective Quality System
Must Have Procedures To Prevent Conflicts-Of-Interest
Must Have A Document Control System

Must Have A Contract Review Process

Must Have Procedures For Sub-Contracting Tests And Calibrations

Must Have A Documented Procurement Process

Must Have A Complaints/Appeals Process

Must Have A System To Control Nonconforming Testing And/or Calibration Work

Must Have A Corrective/Preventive Action Process

Must Have An Effective Record keeping Process

Must Have Documented Record Retention Requirements

Must Conduct Internal Audits Of Its Quality System

Laboratory Measurements Must Review Results of Internal Audits

Must Have Qualified Personnel

Laboratory Measurements Must Be Traceable To National Standards

Must (Where Applicable) Use Effective Sampling Techniques

Must Have A Process For Handling/Transport Of Test/Calibration Items

Must Participate In A Proficiency Testing Program

Must Have Adequate Instrumentation Facilities And Equipment

Must Ensure Adequate Equipment Maintenance/Calibration

Must Attend Program Laboratory Workshops/Conferences

Must Maintain Other Or Related Accreditation/Approvals

ISO/IEC GUIDE 25:

Requirements are comparable to ISO/IEC Guide 25

OTHER
COMPARABILITY:

VOSI requirements for SCOF testing of walkways, coatings, and footwear, which utilize secondary standard test surfaces are more rigorous than comparable to those listed in ASTM D2047 and C1028 (Polishes and Ceramic Tiles).

PROFICIENCY
TESTING PROGRAM:

Operators are certified based on a passing SCOF testing on secondary standard test surfaces (dry and wet test certification).

GOVERNMENT
RECOGNITIONS:

This is a new program. Have applied to the International Building Code to have VOSI V41.21 used as a reference in defining "slip resistant walkways".

 

MUTUAL RECOGNITION
ARRANGEMENTS:

Working with ASTM to reference VOSI Standards Guides in existing (13) slip resistance test methods.

 

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Created: 1999-05-24