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Universal Specification/Test Method V41.21

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VOSI - Slip and Fall V41.21 USTM

VOSI V41.21-98


1.1 This Specification / Test method covers the static (and dynamic) coefficient of friction (SCOF) requirements for (*) pedestrian walkway surfaces in order to be called "slip-resistant walkways" under both dry and wet (water) conditions. The method, described herein, provides several specific instances of walkway surface conditions where this specification is not suitable, and applies to both un-coated and coated walkways. This specification / test method is based on approval by a majority of users who require uniform definitions of "Pedestrian Slip resistance" "Slip Resistant Walkways" and "Slip Resistant Footwear" (See 3. and Note 1)

(*) Specify specific walkway materials and coatings in "Standard", V41.23.X which reference this test method (i.e., wood, ceramic tile, paint, etc.).

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. English units are shown in parenthesis.


2.1 Federal Specification KK-165C Leather, Cattlehide, Vegetable Tanned and Chrome Retanned, Impregnated and Soles (Type 1 Factory (shoemaking) Class 6 Strips) (Appendix Ref. 2).

2.2 OSHA-"Walking and Working Surfaces Compliance Guidelines", Federal Register 4/10/90, 29CFR Part 1910, Appendix A to subpart D.

2.3 BOCA National Building code/1990, Commentary Booklet on Sect. 803.5 / "Floor Surfaces"

2.4 Ceramic Tile Institute Field Report CTI82-1-1 (R85) "Coefficient of Friction between Footwear and Ceramic Tile"(Appendix Ref.13) and ISO TC/189 (0.60 minimum SCOF, dry & wet)

2.5 ASTM D2047, "Standard Test Method for Polish Coated Flooring as Measured by the James Machine".

2.6 ASTM D4101, "Standard Specification for Polypropylene Plastic Injection and Extrusion Materials".

2.7 ASTM C1028, "Standard Test Method for Evaluating the SCOF of Ceramic Tile and Other Like Surfaces by the Horizontal Dynamometer Pull Meter Method"(Appendix Ref. 16), (Average SCOF dry/wet = 0.70 / 0.47 = 1.51, standard calibration tile to Neolite (Appendix Ref. 11)).

2.8 VOSI V41.22 "Universal Specification / Test Method for Slip Resistant Footwear, in the Field and Laboratory, as Measured by a Drag Type Friction Tester.

2.9 VOSI V41.24 "Standard for Standards Terminology".

2.10 VOSI V41.23X "Standard for Slip Resistant Walkways, etc."

2.11 VOSI V41.23Z "Standard for Forensic Engineers Who Investigate Slip and Fall Accidents"


3.1 Definitions

3.1.1 Friction - The resisting force that arises when a surface of one substance slides, or tends to slide, over an adjoining surface of itself or another substance.

3.1.2 Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) - The ratio of the horizontal component of force (parallel to the walkway surface, passing through the tester center of gravity and aligned with the tester's major axis) required to overcome the resistance to begin movement to the normal component of the vertical force (weight) of the object. Sensor contact time is 3 seconds maximum. See 5.7.4 for Kinetic Coefficient of Friction (KCOF) measurement.

3.1.3 Kinetic (dynamic) coefficient of friction (KCOF) - The COF under conditions of macroscopic relative motion between two bodies. (ref 2.9)

3.1.4 Pedestrian Slip Resistance (Appendix Ref. 12) - That property of a walkway surface which significantly reduces the probability of a person slipping thereon when wearing any slip resistant footwear. (See. "Slip Resistant Walkway " & "Slip Resistant Footwear")

3.1.5 Slip Resistant Walkway (Appendix Ref. 12) (Primary Criteria) - A walkway surface wherein the average SCOF between standardized leather and a clean, dry, level surface is 0.45 minimum when using a sensor pressure similar to walking sole pressure [(69 - 173 KPa (l0 - 25 PSI)].

3.1.6 Slip Resistant Walkway (Outdoors or Indoors with Walkways Normally Subjected to Water Contamination) - A walkway surface wherein the SCOF between Standardized Monarch EVA (Appendix Ref. 17) and a level, dry or wet (water) surface is 0.50 and 0.35 minimum, respectively, when using a sensor pressure similar to walking sole pressure [(69 - 173 KPa (l0-25 PSI)]. The wet kinetic coefficient of friction (KCOF) shall be 0.30 minimum at 5 cm / sec (2" / sec) (Appendix Ref. 14,15). Dry SCOF/Wet SCOF = 1.50 max (Ref 2.7)

3.1.7 Slip Resistant Footwear (Appendix Ref. 12) (Primary Criteria)- Any smooth shoe sole or heel material having a 0.35 minimum dry SCOF against the "Primary Standard Polypropylene (leather) Test Panel" (Definition of "Standard Leather") when using a sensor pressure similar to walking sole pressure [(69 - 173 Kpa (l0 - 25 PSI)]. Running sports footwear and work boot materials shall have a 0.60 minimum SCOF when tested as previously stated. (Ref. Ref. 2.8) (Appendix Ref. 12). See Note 3.

3.1.8 Slip Resistant Footwear (Footwear normally subjected to water contamination) - Any smooth shoe sole or heel material having a minimum SCOF of 0.50 dry and 0.35 wet on the Primary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile specified in paragraph 2.7 (Appendix Ref. 16) when using a sensor pressure similar to walking sole pressure. The wet kinetic (dynamic) coefficient of friction (KCOF or DCOF) shall be 0.30 minimum at 5 cm/sec. (2"/sec) see Note 3 (Ref. 2.8)

NOTE 1 - These definitions were approved by a majority of the respondents to an international survey of " Proposed Uniform Definitions" by the Slip Resistance Coordinating Committee of the National Association of Safety and Health Professionals (NASHP). Testing in accordance with this specification/test method correlates with slip and fall accident rate (Appendix Ref. 12).

3.2 Test Method Terms

3.2.1. "Standardized Leather "(Appendix Ref. 5, 8) - Leather which has been tested against the "Primary Standard Polypropylene Test Panel" per paragraph 5.5. The average SCOF obtained has been shown to maintain its original 0.35 value over time.

3.2.2. "Secondary Standard Polypropylene Test Panel"(Appendix Ref. 8) - A test panel which is marked with a "Standard SCOF" , based on simultaneously testing with the "Primary Standard Polypropylene Test Panel," and used when standardizing the leather sensor prior to SCOF testing (see and 5.5.3)

3.2.3. "Sensor" - The "Standardized Leather ", affixed to the bottom of the tester, which contacts the walkway surface when measuring dry SCOF. The "Standardized Monarch EVA" when testing dry and wet.

3.2.4. "Standardized Monarch EVA" (Appendix Ref. 17, 8) - A synthetic rubber-like material used for dry and wet testing of SCOF which has been tested against the "Secondary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile".

3.2.5. "Secondary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile" (Appendix Ref. 16,8) - Used for dry and wet testing. A test panel which is marked with a "Standard dry and Wet SCOF" based on simultaneously testing with the "Primary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile".

3.2.6. "Walkway (leather / rubber) Traction Index"(TI) The ratio of the actual SCOF to the minimum required SCOF under dry and wet (water) conditions. Leather / polypropylene dry and rubber / Florida Ceramic Tile dry and wet. T.I. must be greater than or equal to 1.00 for a "slip resistant walkway".


4.1 In order to be termed "slip-resistant" per this specification, walkway materials and coatings tested per par. 5 must conform to the SCOF requirements specified herein. Average SCOF values obtained must be compared directly to the generally recognized limiting value of > or = 0.45 to determine conformance or non-conformance.(ref. par. 3.1.5)

4.2 Dry and wet (water) testing, using a Monarch EVA Sensor, requires a minimum SCOF of 0.50 dry and 0.35 wet to be classified as "Slip Resistant".

4.3 Due to the relative humidity and temperature dependence of the dry SCOF of walkway materials and coatings, and since these parameters are not controlled in the test method within this specification (many tests are performed on site or in situ), the humidity and temperature at which slip resistance is determined must also be reported. Humidity correction factors must be used for both leather and Monarch EVA when the percent relative humidity (R.H.) is greater that 60 % or less than 40 % (Appendix Ref. 18).

4.4 Due to the relative humidity and temperature dependence of the dry SCOF of footwear materials, and since these parameters are not controlled in the test method within the test specification "many tests are preformed on site or in situ ", the humidity and temperature at which slip resistance is determined must also be reported.


5.1 Scope

5.1.1 This test method covers the measurement of the static coefficient of friction (SCOF) of clean, dry and wet level walkway surfaces in the field and laboratory by a horizontal pull (drag type) slip tester. This test method is not suitable for rough or corrugated surfaces, surfaces with contaminants other than water, or surfaces that are not a plane within the area of contact and travel of the testing sensor. SCOF on ramps is determined by vector summation.

5.1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

NOTE 2 - There is no similar or equivalent ASTM, ANSI, ISO or CEN standard. This Specification / Test Method is being proposed to the walkway and footwear committees of ASTM, ANSI and the International Standards Organization, (ISO). Standard V41.23X references conflicting ASTM test methods for measuring the SCOF of specific walkway materials (ceramic tile, wood, etc.) and coatings (polish, paint, etc.).

5.2 Significance and Use

5.2.1 This test method must be used for measuring SCOF between walkway surfaces and user contact materials such as shoe sole and heel material. The measurements made by this type of apparatus are related to the slip resistance of clean dry surfaces to leather type shoe materials and wet surfaces to Monarch EVA type (rubber) shoe materials.

5.2.2 The test results using this test method for SCOF are comparable to this type of equipment only.

5.2.3 BOCA (ref. 2.3) recommends a 0.50 minimum SCOF between leather and the walkway surface. An OSHA proposed guideline states that 0.50 minimum SCOF is recommended as a guide to achieve proper slip resistance. This is the same value as the ASTM D2047 definition of a "slip resistant" polish; which is the same approximate SCOF required by a fast walking young male.12 Official publications (building codes, consensus standards, ASTM Standard Practice Guidelines, government publications, etc.) should reference VOSI V41.21 and V41.22 for slip resistant walkway and footwear requirements

5.3 Apparatus

5.3.1 By the horizontal pull slip tester. A typical apparatus consists of a) a force gauge or load cell/sled assembly b) a standard calibration weight c) three mounting locations for attaching "sensor" material (see 5.3.2) and d) a means to pull the apparatus across the surface being tested. The horizontal force must be applied manually, by attaching the hook on the force gage to the hook on the sled, and pulling (Figure 1) (Appendix Ref. 3). A power actuated device uses a tension cord to "reel" in the sled across the surface being tested (Appendix Ref. 4). The vertical loads shall result in a contact pressure of not less than 69 KPa (l0 PSI) and not more than l73 KPa (25-PSI). The standard calibration weight has a mass equal to one half the weight of the sled assembly (2.2 +/- 0.00454 Kg (5.0 + / - 0.01 lb. for the Technical Products tester)) (Appendix Ref. 3).

5.3.2 Sensor Material (Appendix Ref. 5). The sensor material shall conform to Type 1,Class 6 leather cut from a bend with the long dimension perpendicular to the backbone as specified in KK-L-165C as amended. Cut the leather to the size required by the specific apparatus. Monarch EVA (Appendix Ref. 17) is used for dry and wet testing of walkways.

NOTE 3 - Where leather type materials are used as footwear material, dry testing should be done to establish the relationship between those materials and the readings obtained using "standardized leather" pads. All smooth heal and sole materials should have a SCOF > or = to "standardized leather" (Ref 3.1.7). Where rubber materials are used, dry and wet testing should be done to establish the relationship between these materials and the readings obtained using Monarch EVA against the Florida Ceramic Tile (Ref. 3.1.8). The maximum hardness of heel (top piece) materials is 93 Shore A (IRHD) or 45 Shore D (Appendix Ref.15). Test of patterned solings, made in the walking direction, must meet paragraph 3.1.7 and 3.1.8. requirements when using a ten-pound weight alternately on the heel and sole.

5.3.3 Secondary Standard Polypropylene Test Panel Aluminum backing square, 5052H32 alloy, 2.4mm (3/32 in.) thick and 203 mm (8 in.) square. (Available from most aluminum companies.) Polypropylene panel6 0.40-mm (0.015 in.) thick cut to fit aluminum square. Material per ASTM D4101-PP011X Extruded Polypropylene; Shore D hardness 60-70. Mount polypropylene with the reflective side outward. Polypropylene Adhesive (Appendix Ref. 7) Secondary Standard Test Panel Assembly Assemble polypropylene panel by applying adhesive to both the non-reflective side of the polypropylene and aluminum surfaces and cementing polypropylene panel to aluminum. Commercial polypropylene test pane (Appendix Ref. l8) - Secondary standard polypropylene test panels, equivalent to the primary standard, are standardized against a primary SCOF standard of 0.35 ("standardized leather" against a primary standard polypropylene test panel) when purchased from the manufacturer. Self-prepared test panels sent to the manufacturer for standardization will be marked with the SCOF obtained using standardized leather (see par. 5.5.3 regarding leather correction factor). The SCOF marked on the back of the secondary standard panel shall be 0.35 +/- 0.l0.

5.3.4 Secondary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile (Appendix Ref. 16,8) dry and wet SCOF marked on panel is for standardized Monarch EVA only (Par 3.2.4).

NOTE 4 - Primary standard polypropylene is the same as

5.4 Test Surfaces

5.4.1 Test surfaces must be any flat surface that is in a continuous plane for at least the area covered by the test sensor. The area adjacent to the test surface must be sufficiently continuous to accommodate the tester and traveling limits of the apparatus. Substrate- The in situ or the laboratory test surface being measured. Viscoelastic properties of the substrates as well as surface contaminants like oil; water or dirt will affect the SCOF of any coatings or flooring materials.

5.4.2 For testing of walkway surfaces in the field ( in situ ), the following conditions should be considered. The area required for operation of the apparatus shall be smooth and continuous. The test surface area that will be contacted by the apparatus sensor pads shall be smooth, flat and without discontinuities. The test surface must contain finite depressions that cover not more than 5% of the sensor area.

5.4.3 When determining the SCOF of walkway surfaces in their "as found" or unaltered condition, the test shall be performed per the following procedure. Identify the surface to be tested by location relative to surroundings: i.e., type of walkway material, color, direction of walkway travel, extent of surface wear, type of floor coating or polish if used, method of application, and maintenance procedures. Record the temperature and humidity. Surface Preparation - Prior to starting the tests, remove surface dirt from the test area by lightly brushing with a paper towel. Be careful not to alter the substrate surface during the process of removing the loose surface dirt. The surface is now ready for testing. In Situ tests shall be made on both a high traffic and no traffic (close to a wall) areas in order to evaluate the effect of wear on the SCOF of in situ surface finishes. The SCOF of any surface finish must be equal to or greater than the SCOF of the substrate without the applied finish.

5.5 Calibration

5.5.1 For the manually operated device, determine the force gage correction factor at 0.50 SCOF by using a standard calibration weight that is one-half the weight of the sled apparatus (vertical force). Lift the standard test weight slowly using the force gage provided with the sled apparatus (Fig. 1). The gage correction factor is determined by dividing the weight of the standard weight by the force gage reading. For power actuated devices and other types of manually operated devices, follow the manufacturer's suggested calibration procedures.

5.5.2 Allow the temperature/humidity gage to stabilize before testing.

5.5.3 Prepare the sensor pads per 5.6.1. Determine the leather correction factor at the test site by conducting a series of tests using the secondary standard polypropylene test panel placed on the high friction woven fabric panel retention mat. Rotate the panel through two revolutions in 90-degree increments (total of eight readings). Discard the initial reading if it is out of the range of the other readings (see Note 5). Repeat this reading for eight valid measurements. Calculate the average SCOF. Divide the marked SCOF value (see par. of the secondary standard test panel by the average measured SCOF of the same test panel to determine the leather correction factor. (L.C.F.). Measure L.C.F. both before and after testing the walkway surface. Average both L.C.F.s for use in 5.8.

5.5.4 Prior to performing an on-site test , the performance of the test instrument and the operator must be verified against a secondary standard polypropylene test panel when initially received. The average of the eight successive readings taken per 5.5.3 must be within 0.02 of the value stated in the manufacturer's log (Appendix Ref.8). The range of readings must be within 0.05. The manufacturer of the apparatus shown in Fig. 1 will provide "Certificates of Operator Qualification".

NOTE 5 - The reason for the first SCOF value sometimes being out of the range of the other readings is uncertain. However, it is thought to be related to a transient change in the surface of the leather sensor.

5.6 Procedure - Dry for Determining Whether Walkway is Slip Resistant

5.6.1 Test the proper functioning of the force gage. Verify the instrument calibration per par. 5.5 or the manufacturer's instructions. Dress the leather sensor pads after affixing them to the tester with the hide side (hair follicle side) outside. Place the complete assembly on a sheet of wet/dry carborundum paper.9 Repeatedly pull the complete assembly in its normal direction of travel across the carborundum paper until a uniform bearing surface is achieved. This is accomplished by sanding the pads initially 30 times using a stroke about 102 mm (4 in.) long on 120 grit paper followed by 15 strokes on 400 grit. Sand pads five times on 400 grit wet/dry paper before each set of tests. Brush or wipe all foreign material from the tester pads using a paper towel. Use same sanding procedure for EVA (rubber) except sand 25 times / 80 grit and 25 times / 400 grit.

5.6.2 Place the apparatus on the test surface with sufficient distance for travel of the sled. Apply the load so as to minimize the duration of contact with the floor (2-sec. avg.). Record the maximum horizontal axial force needed to initiate movement. When movement is observed immediately stop the test. Beginning with the normal walking direction, repeat the operation through two revolutions in 90-degree increments for a total of eight readings by relocating the sled apparatus. Repeat the initial reading if out of the range of the other readings. Minimize the time the apparatus is in contact with the surface by pre-loading the horizontally positioned force gage. Remove sensor pad pressure when not testing.

5.7 Procedure- Dry & Wet Testing with Monarch EVA

5.7.1 This procedure is performed only after determining whether the walkway is "slip resistant", i.e., 0.45 minimum SCOF when tested per 5.6 and correcting average SCOF per 5.8.

5.7.2 Remove leather pads and substitute Monarch EVA pads per manufacturer's instructions and repeat 5.6. Spray test surface with distilled water.

5.7.3 Multiply the average SCOF by the gage correction factor. Corrected average SCOF must be 0.50 minimum dry and 0.35 minimum wet. (Note ref. 2.4 specifies 0.60 minimum SCOF dry and wet using a Neolite sensor)

5.7.4 Measure kinetic COF (KCOF) simultaneously with SCOF test for 0.30 minimum requirement (Ref. 3.1.6) with sensors sliding on wet (5.7.2) walkway surfaces at an approximately constant velocity of approximately 5 cm/sec (2"/sec).

5.7.5 Measure kinetic COF (KCOF) simultaneously with SCOF test for 0.30 minimum requirement (Ref. 3.1.7) with sensors sliding on wet (5.7.2) Florida Ceramic Tile at an approximately constant velocity of 5 cm/sec (2"/sec).

5.8 Calculations

5.8.1 Divide the force gage scale reading (lbs.) by the weight of the assembly that is in contact with the surface. (On some devices the scale is calibrated directly in SCOF (Appendix Ref. 3)).

5.8.2 For each of the readings taken, estimate the SCOF to the nearest 0.01. Determine the average SCOF. Discard the initial reading if greater than all other readings and then repeat it (See Note 5). Example: Average horizontal axial force to start motion = 2.72 Kg (6.0 lbs.).

Tester weight =

4.54 Kg (10.0 lb.)


2.72 kg
------------- =
4.54 kg

6.0 lb.
-------- =
10.0 lb.


5.8.3 Correct the average SCOF value by multiplying it by the force gage (G.C.F) and leather (L.C.F.) and humidity (H.C.F.) correction factors. Sample Calculation

a) Average SCOF = 0.60

b) Force Gage Correction Factor:

2.27 kg
---------   = 
2.22 kg

(5.0 lb.)
---------   = 
(4.9 lb.)


c) Leather Correction Factor:

marked SCOF value (5.3.3)
---------------------------------------   = 
measured SCOF value (5.5.3)

-------  = 


d) Corrected SCOF

Corrected SCOF (at 50% RH) =  

Avg. SCOF (G.C.F) (L.C.F)

Humidity correction factor at 70% humidity



Monarch EVA


e) Corrected SCOF at 50 % Humidity

    Corrected SCOF at 50% Humidity = 


f) Walkway Traction Index

Walkway Traction Index


Corrected SCOF
Minimum required SCOF (dry and wet)

5.9 Report

5.9.1 The report shall include the following: A description of the type and location of walkway surface tested, including any applied finishes. The temperature and humidity of the surrounding air during the test. The type of instrument used for SCOF measurements. Report both the uncorrected and the corrected SCOF arithmetic averages and the plus/minus variations of the eight readings and the standard deviation (S.D.) (Note 6). Report the leather and rubber Walkway Surface Traction Index.

NOTE 6 - The approximate standard deviation for an individual test result can be calculated from eight readings by multiplying the range by 0.351. The range is the difference between the maximum and minimum values within a group of 8 valid readings. State whether the surface is or is not slip-resistant based on a minimum 0.45 SCOF overall corrected average. ("Standardized Leather" Sensor). List the Leather Walkway Surface Traction Index. Report the average SCOF, plus/minus variations and S.D. of the eight readings for dry and wet tests with Monarch EVA. List the dry and wet Rubber Walkway Surface Traction Index. State whether the dry and wet surface is slip-resistant with a Monarch EVA sensor based on a minimum 0.50 dry SCOF and 0.35 wet SCOF. If dynamic test is performed, minimum 0.30 DCOF wet is required at 5cm/sec (2"/sec).

5.10 Precision and Bias (Appendix Ref. 10)

5.10.1 Table 1 is based on a round robin conducted in 1994 where six laboratories evaluated three test surfaces (one was a polypropylene surface, see Note 7) using two drag type SCOF testers. All laboratories tested the identical surfaces and leather sensor. Leather sensors for the drag type testers were cut from the same 3" square leather sensor used on articulated strut type testers. While the round robin was not conducted in accordance with Practice E691, the results are presented in accordance with its guidelines. Within lab standard deviations of each test result were estimated from range data {s(x) = R/d2 (n) }. Although each lab only reported one test result per material ( with n = 8, per this specification/test method), standard deviation of the means were estimated by dividing the standard deviation of a test result by ( 8 1/2). Table 1 shows the corrected SCOF averages for all three labs, surfaces, and testers (Appendix Ref. 3,4).

NOTE 7 - Caution - The following explanations of r and R (par. 5.l0.2 thru are only intended to present a meaningful way of considering approximate precision of this test method. The data in Table 1 shall not be rigorously applied to acceptance or rejection of material, as those data are specific to the round robin and may not be representative of other lots, conditions, materials, or laboratories. Users of this test method shall apply the principles outlined in ASTM Practice E691-87 to generate data specific to their laboratory and materials, or between specific laboratories. The principles of par. 5.10.2 thru would then be valid for such data.

NOTE 8 Caution - Although the test method within this specification allows testing of walkway materials both in the lab and on site (Par. 5.1.1), the round robin summarized in Table 1 was based upon laboratory measurements. The precision of the method, based solely on SCOF measurements taken on site, (rather than "within lab" situations) may be quite different.

5.10.2 Concept of r and R - Sr and SR have been calculated from a large enough body of data, and for at least two test results from each lab from testing four directions per surface: Repeatability Limit, r , (Comparing two test results from the same material, obtained by the same operator using the same equipment on the same day) - The two test results shall be judged not equivalent if they differ by more than the " r " value for that material. Reproducibility Limit, R , (Comparing two test results from the same material, obtained by different operators using different equipment in different laboratories) - The two test results shall be judged not equivalent if they differ by more than the "R" value for that material. Any judgment in accordance with par. or would have an approximate 95% (0.95) probability of being correct.

Table 1

SCOF "Precision Data (leather sensor - dry)
(values are unit-less)

Average "SCOF"







#78 Polypropylene






#1 OVCT (ASTM D2047)






#@ "Florida Tile" (ASTM C1028)






A. Sr is the within-laboratory standard deviation for the indicated material. It is obtained by pooling the standard deviations of the test results from all of the laboratories:

Sr == [ (s1) + (s2) ...... + (sn) /n]

B. SR is the between-laboratories reproducibility, expressed as standard deviation for the indicated material. For this case:

SR = ( SL + Si /8)

C. r is the within-laboratory Repeatability Limit = 2.83xSr

D. R is the between-laboratories Reproducibility Limit = 2.83xSR

NOTE 9 - The corrected SCOF values of the #78 polypropylene material ("marked" value per par. are constant because it is the standard test surface. Therefore, if SR and R values can be calculated for this material in Table 1, it would have to be from uncorrected data.

NOTE 10 - SR and R could not be calculated for this round robin study because the eight individual SCOF values per lab/material were not reported. Only the range and average SCOF was reported.

5.10.3 Bias - There is no Bias for this test method for measuring SCOF because the value of the SCOF is defined only in terms of this test method.


6.1 Certification and inspection of a walkway surface evaluated per this specification shall conform to the requirements specified herein.


7.1 Horizontal pull slip meter, static coefficient of friction (SCOF), dynamic coefficient of friction (KCOF) (Same as Dynamic COF, DCOF), Primary Standard Polypropylene (leather) Test Surface, Secondary Standard Polypropylene (leather) test surface, "Standardized Leather", Standardized Monarch EVA, Slip Resistance, Slip Resistant Walkway, Slip Resistant Footwear, Primary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile, Secondary Standard Florida Ceramic Tile, Leather Walkway Traction Index, Rubber Walkway Traction Index.


1. This specification / test method is under the jurisdiction of Voices of Safety International (VOSI) and is under the under the direct responsibility of subcommittee V41.20 on "Pedestrian Slip Resistance Requirements for Walkways & Footwear". Copies are available from: Voices of Safety International, 264 Park Ave., North Caldwell, NJ 07006. Ph (973) 228-2258, fax (973) 228-0276.

2. Available from NPODS, Standardization Documents Order Desk, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094.

3. A suitable manually-operated device is the Technical Products Co. Model 80 Floor & Footwear Friction Tester available from Technical Products Co., 264 Park Ave., North Caldwell, NJ 07006, 973/228-2258. Fax (973) 228-0276.

4. A suitable power actuated device is the Whitely Model HPS 111 Slip Master, (not currently manufactured).

5. Available from Weaver Leather Co., Mt. Hope, OH 44660, 800/932-8371 or Westfield Tanning Co., Westfield, PA 16950, 814/367-5957 or 5773.

6. Resinol Type O, available from Allied Resinous Products, Inc. Clark St. and Whitney Rd., P.O. Box 620, Conneaut, OH 44030, has been found satisfactory for this purpose. "Resinol" is a registered trademark for Allied Resinous Products, Inc.

7. CM #4693 Plastic Adhesive from 3M Co., St. Paul MN, has been found satisfactory for this purpose.

8. Available from Technical Products Co., North Caldwell, NJ 07006, 973/228-2258.

9. Available from 3M Co., St. Paul, MN or most hardware stores.

10. Supporting data are available from Voices of Safety International. Reference study 39 , 8/11/97, "Validation of V41.21 & V41.22 (Formally ASTM 5x and 5y)

11. "Neolite"- Registered Trademark with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Available from Goodyear Shoe Products Div. 24 Hampshire Dr. , Hudson, NH, 03051, (603)/598-4400. Standard Neolite soling for shoe repairing. Specific gravity 1.45, Shore A Hardness 90-92.

12. Meserlian, Donald C., "Effect of Walking Cadence on SCOF Required by the Elderly" pg. 29 "Proposed Uniform Definitions", Professional Safety, November 1995 pgs 24-29. Study 21: 4/21/96, "Correlation of Slip / Fall Accidents with SCOF".

13. Ceramic Tile Institute of America, 12061 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA. (310) 574-7800.

14. Meserlian, Donald C. " Static and Dynamic COF of Neolite (Dry and wet) on unpainted and painted steel beams and decks ."; Jul. 19, 1996. Report to Steve Cooper, Executive Director, Ironworker's International Union, Washington, D.C. (Study 40)

15. George, Michael "Slip Resistant footwear: Improving Woman's Top Pieces": SATRA Bulletin, March 1989, pp. 161-162. (Artech Footwear Testing Lab, Chantilly, Va.; 0.30 min DCOF using Stanley Pendulum Tester).

16. Tile Council of America, P.O. Box 1787, Clemson, S.C. 864/646-8453. 1995 Standard Tile 8" x 8" Florida Tile "Vento" - 8425 Mexican Sand.

17. "Monarch EVA" - Item F-01791, 12 Iron A.E. Thermo Sole ruffed one side. Shore A Hardness 91 +/- 4. Monarch Rubber Co., 3500 Pulaski Hwy., Baltimore, Md. 21224-1592 (410/342-8510)

18. VOSI Research Report RR-1-V41.20-7, "Humidity Correction Factors: Leather and Monarch EVA".

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