Slip Resistance Standards Under Review
Last October, the Standards Committe for BD-094 Slip Resistance of Flooring Surfaces met to discuss the proposed new Australian Standard for slip resistance.
While the framework will still use the two current testing methods, there are some technical changes being proposed.
We highlight some of the proposed changes below:
- Modification of the slider preparation in pendulum testing will likely reduce the classification significantly for smoother surfaces. This effectively increases the sensitivity of the results at the lower end of the spectrum where smooth surfaces achieving W or X may reduce to Class Y or Z.
- While BPN will still be used to describe individual measurements of speciments, new unit known as Slip Resistance Value (SRV) will be used to describe the mean result used for classification purposes.
- Classification system will be changed from Class V, W, X, Y, Z to P0 through to P5 to reduce confusion between new and old test certificates.
- The Oil Wet Ramp Test and Barefoot Ramp Test will be referred as the Inclining Platform Tests to avoid assumptions that the test is to assess the slip resistance of ramps.
The new standards however, would also have impact on the validity of current test results. We are looking forward to some flexibility in recognizing current test results to minimize the risk and extra costs in marketing current lines.
The new draft Australian standards is scheduled to be released around March 2012 for public comment.
Parts excerpted from: Tile Today Issue 73
Original article written by Carl Strautins.
Carl Strautins is the principal of Safe Environments. Carl represents the Australian Stone Advisory Association on Standards Committee BD-094.
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