FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Nonslip Solutions

HOW DO WE MEASURE TRACTION?

The traction of a flooring surface is determined by measuring its Coefficient of Friction (“COF”) as defined below. COF is further broken down into two categories that measure slip resistance depending on when the slip occurs. The COF rating is an important factor when choosing a flooring surface and treating an existing surface for slip prevention.

As a general rule when measuring SCOF, the higher the number, the less likely a slip or fall will occur. For example, using NFSI B101.1 to measure SCOF, a measurement of .60 or higher would be considered “high traction.” SlipDoctors products are designed to meet or exceed industry standards for COF.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATORY ASSOCIATIONS?

Listed below are a few of the organizations and associations that help define safety standards in the United States.

  • ANSI (American National Standard Institute) was founded in 1918 with the mission “to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and safeguarding their integrity.” ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more.
  • NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NFSI was founded in 1997 with the intention of preventing slip-and-fall accidents by educating the public and businesses through informative programming, research, training, and product certification. NFSI certifies flooring materials, coatings, chemical floor-cleaning products, and treatments.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to guarantee equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The ADA made it illegal to discriminate based on disability in employment, transportation, telecommunications, state and local government, and public accommodations. In 2003, the ADA advisory on surface conditions issued “Bulletin 4” which recommended a Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) value of 0.6 for level surfaces and 0.8 for ramps and inclined surfaces.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was founded in 1970 with the mission to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” OSHA does NOT currently have any published standards regarding slip resistance; OSHA inspectors can issue citations to businesses and property owners for excessively slippery floors.
IS THERE ANY DISCOLORATION AFTER TREATMENT?

We offer a wide variety of treatments and coatings to treat almost any floor. Our unique treatment for tiles and porcelain bathtubs offers effective anti-slip protection with minimal to no change in the appearance of your floors. Tell us about your flooring surface so we can recommend a solution!

Why should I consider anti-slip treatment for my slippery floors?

It is estimated that 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition). Slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of visits to the ER and are the leading cause of all accidental deaths in homes each year. We can help prevent these slips and falls with our range of products for almost all surface types.

Does the anti-slip treatment change the look of my floors?

We offer a wide variety of treatments and coatings to treat almost any floor. Our unique treatment for tiles and porcelain bathtubs offers effective anti-slip protection with minimal to no change in the appearance of your floors. Tell us about your flooring surface so we can recommend a solution!

How long before I can walk on the floor?

Dry times for our coatings vary by surface type and conditions. Our treatment for tiles and natural stone requires no dry time and can be walked on immediately following the anti-slip treatment. Call us for more details.

Do you provide a warranty?

After application, we offer a one-year warranty as long as the surface is properly cleaned and maintained.

Is special maintenance required after application?

After application, most floors do not require any special cleaning regime to maintain slip-resistance. Environments such as commercial kitchens require the use of products that eliminate grease and prevent buildup that could reduce slip resistance. We can recommend a cleaning regime and also offer maintenance plans at an additional cost.

Will having anti-slip treatments or coatings on my floors affect my insurance rates?

We recommend that you consult with your insurance agent to determine how application of our anti-slip treatments and coatings may help lower liability insurance rates.

How much does an application cost?

Costs vary depending on flooring type, square footage and conditions. Ask us for a free quote and demo! Click Here