Does Your Business Meet OSHA, ADA, ASTM & NFSI Floor Slip Resistance Standards?

Get a Grip Safety Surfaces is uniquely qualified to make your floors slip resistant and, OSHA & ADA compliant. We have a 4 step process:

Our Anti-slip Process generally involves 4 steps:

1. Identification – We conduct a walkway audit of your facility to identify potential slip and fall hazards needing attention.

2. Measurement - Get a Grip Safety Surfaces then uses a professional –grade Slip Meter, to assess the Static Coefficient of Friction ( S.C.O.F ) of your floors, to determine if your floors meet ADA or OSHA guidelines.
3. Certified Treatment – We prefer to first treat a small area with our proprietary process, at NO COST TO YOU, so you can experience the difference between the “treated” and “untreated” surfaces. Once you have approved the full service, we will apply a custom treatment to your entire floor, until your SCOF exceeds OSHA/ADA guidelines.

4. Follow-up – Even though our treatment is guaranteed for several years, Get a Grip Safety Surfaces will conduct visits, as needed, to test and measure treated areas to ensure proper traction levels are maintained.
Summary of National Floor Standards:

• The ADA (Americans Disabilities Act) recommends the dry static COF of 0.6 on any flat or horizontal surfaces both wet and dry, but 0.8 for any inclined or ramp areas.

• OSHA currently recommends that the static COF be at least 0.5 for all walkway surfaces under both wet and dry conditions.

• ASTM International recommends that the static COF be at least 0.5 for tile surfaces. The ASTM is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM C1028 rates the static friction coefficient of the surface as follows:

• Equal to or greater than 0.60 — Excellent friction.
• Equal to or greater than 0.50 — Adequate.
• Equal to or less than 0.40 — Caution necessary.

What is SCOF?

Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) is defined as follows: The ratio of the horizontal component of force applied to a body that just overcomes the resistance to slipping to the vertical component of the weight of the object or force applied.

The 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 inspectors can issue citations to businesses and property owners for excessively slippery floors. OSHA recommends that walking surfaces in public areas have a SCOF of 0.50 or above in all conditions. OSHA has set forth a plan to increase its inspections at medical and retirement facilities in an effort to reduce slip and fall accidents in the workplace. They are also meeting with Congress to make the SCOF guideline of 0.50 into a RULE that all businesses must comply with.

Contact Get A Grip to book a SCOF testing for your surfaces.

The Americans with Disabilities Act calls for a SCOF of 0.60 for flat surfaces and a 0.80 for ramps. Meeting ADA guidelines may qualify an organization for a tax credit of up to $5,000 (please consult your tax professional) and many organizations also managed to reduce insurance rates. Do your floors meet ADA and OSHA guidelines? If not, please contact us for a surface consultation so we can show you how our customized floor treatment will bring your “slippery” floors into compliance!