Explained: Anti-Slip Ratings for Floor Graphics

Anti-Slip Ratings for Floor Graphics

Key Points

  • In January, 2014, the long-standing ASTM-C1028 standard was withdrawn
  • Safety standards for slip resistance on floors is now determined by ANSI/NFSI B101.3
  • ANSI/NFSI B101.3 is a required standard as opposed to ASTM’s guidelines, which were merely

The use of floor graphics as a modern marketing tactic has soared in recent years. A floor graphic offers a unique way to captivate and inform an audience.

With so many floor graphic materials available, it’s important to select one that complies with the latest anti-slip standards. This is especially true if the graphic is installed in a public setting or work environment.

Let’s take a look at the different anti-slip ratings and why they are important.

Why Slip-Resistant Safety Standards?

Four percent of workplace injuries result from trips and slips. For many years, organizations have been working on updating safety standards so that workers can be protected from risks.

OSHA requires businesses to provide a safe workplace. This means floor graphics need to be safely applied and tested for slip resistance. Recently, the ANSI and NFSI have established a new standard for ensuring safer walkways. Understanding these recent changes will bring various benefits to your business.

Replacing the ASTM Standard

For a long time, national standards for floor safety were determined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). In recent years (unknown by many in the graphics industry) the ASTM D2047 was withdrawn and replaced by a new standard, ANSI/NFSI B101.3.

How might this change affect you? You’ll need floor graphic media that meets the ANSI/NFSI B101.3 standard. If you’re still using a product that follows the standards established by ASTM D2047 or ASTM C1028, you’ll want to check with the manufacturer to ensure it has been certified to meet the new standard.

The Key Points of ANSI/NFSI B101.3

If you install floor graphics, print them, or simply plan to purchase one for your company, you should understand today’s new floor safety standard. Here are some key points about the B101.3 standard.

  1. Measures DCOF

The B101.3 standard now focuses its measurements on the wet dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF). This is instead of the traditional static coefficient of friction (SCOF). It means that a floor graphic’s slip-rating will have a more accurate rating when measured under the B101.3 standard.

  1. Evaluates Levels of Traction

The new B101.3 standard also measures slip resistance by looking at levels of traction. There are three traction ranges: high, moderate, and low.

Walkways with a wet DCOF of 0.42 or higher receive a “high traction” rating. A wet DCOF between 0.30 and 0.42 receives “moderate traction.” Walkways with a measurement of anything lower than 0.30 DCOF are “low traction” and more dangerous.

  1. It’s a Required Specification

It’s important to note that the outdated ASTM standards were simply recommendations used to promote safe walkways. However, today’s ANSI/NFSI B101.3 is a required safety specification. Those who don’t comply face potential problems, including:

  • Litigation implications
  • Insurance implications
  • OSHA maintenance implications

Evaluation time

Armed with the proper knowledge regarding floor graphic standards, it’s time to evaluate your current floor graphics and media to ensure it’s compliant. Not sure where to start? Contact us, and we can assist you.

Are you ready to install a high-quality floor graphic? Read our guide on preparing your floors for graphics.

Slip Resistance Specification Guide