ANSI Testing Standard Focuses on Slip and Fall Safety
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) announced the publication of the new national safety standard for testing hard surface flooring, the ANSI/NFSI B101.1. This advancement in floor safety has been highly anticipated by the safety, legal and risk management communities. "...for the first time in American history, property owners can now be held accountable for the slip resistance of their floors", Russ Kendzior, President, National Floor Safety Institute.
In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 2.2 million Americans sought emergency room treatment for an accidental fall, making falls the leading cause of emergency room visits in America. This national testing standard provides property owners, facility managers and risk professionals with an important tool by which they can measure the risk of a slip and fall and, in-turn, prevent such accidents from occurring. Demonstrating compliance with this new national floor safety standard will be critical for companies looking to reduce the risks and costs associated with slip and fall claims. Slip and fall accidents are so prevalent, the CDC has declared elderly falls a national epidemic and estimates the annual cost to the nation’s economy to be over $40 billion per year.
Under the new ANSI B101.1 standard, walkway slip resistance can be measured and categorized into one of three "Traction" ranges: High, Moderate, or Low Traction. Floors categorized as High Traction present a low risk of a slip and fall while Moderate Traction and Low Traction floors present an elevated risk.
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