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VOSI - Slip and Fall Standard V41.23B

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VOSI SLIP & FALL STANDARD V41.23B-98
FOR
SLIP RESISTANCE REQUIREMENTS DURING BUILDING DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERATION

1. SCOPE

1.1 This standard covers the static coefficient of friction requirements for walkway and footwear surfaces in order to be called "Slip Resistant Walkways" and "Slip Resistant Footwear" under both dry and wet (water) conditions.

2. REFERENCED DOCUMENTS

2.1 VOSI V41.21, "Universal Specification/Test Method for Slip Resistant Walkways, in the Field & Laboratory, as Measured by a Drag Type Friction Tester".

2.2 VOSI V41.22, "Universal Specification / Test Method For Slip Resistant Footwear, in the Field & Laboratory, as Measured by a Drag Type Friction Tester".

3. TERMINOLOGY

3.1 All uniform definitions of terms, that affect public safety, are stated in 2.1 and 2.2.

4. SIGNIFICANCE & USE

4.1 This STANDARD references universal specification / test methods for measuring the SCOF of footwear and walkway materials and coatings in both the laboratory and field. Architects must select both construction and building walkway materials that meet 2.1. Construction workers must wear work shoes that meet 2.2 (par. 3.1.7) when walking on painted steel surfaces that meet 2.1 slip resistance requirements using Monarch EVA (dry & wet). Building safety and security operations must use both 2.1 and 2.2 to evaluate slip / fall accidents and 2.1 to monitor walkways. These methods correlate with slip / fall accident rate. (Ref. 12 of 2.1 & 2.2)

4.2 Forensic engineers, in order to be credible expert witnesses in slip/fall cases, must use 2.1 and 2.2.

4.3 The public's safety requires that uniform specification / test methods be used when measuring the SCOF of walkway and footwear surfaces in both the field and laboratory.

5. KEYWORDS

5.1 Slip Resistant Walkways, Slip Resistant Footwear, Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF), Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF used over seas)

This STANDARD is under the jurisdiction of Voices of Safety International (VOSI) committee V41.20 on "Pedestrian Slip Resistance Requirements for Walkways & Footwear".

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