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This section of the standard was never enacted and eventually removed from the standard. View comments provided by High Safety Consulting Services.

ASTM Slip-Testing Methods – HighEHS

Appendix B to this subpart references appropriate ASTM standard test methods that may be used to comply with this paragraph c 3. This testing method was also specific to a device called the Brungraber Mark II.

The method utilizes the whole shoe, so it seems to offer a more complete picture than those methods which require sections of the footwear to be tested. It can also validate these products against a footwear specification in which a required coefficient of friction has been specified.

However, this standard was never promulgated as a final rule. This device has not be put zstm a F approval to date. The wet condition includes soap-contaminated specifications.

Additional information can be entered through the machine keyboard, allowing test criteria and c489 relevant data to be included. To achieve this goal, walkway tribometer models must be validated against a standard with relevance to human ambulation. This was primarily driven by those in the coating industry whose coatings did not meet the safety specification.

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The method understates the slip-resistance when used in wet testing. This website uses cookies.


It is common to test footwear against a dry floor and wet floor and, in some cases, a surface with a defined lubricant. This method uses the stationary James Machine. Because most slips and falls occur on contaminated water surfaces, the value of measuring dry COF is limited. During the period when this section was open for comment, the company president, provided comments to OSHA on the reasons to retain the provision in the regulation s.

The OSHA steel erection standards contained a provision for slip-resistance requirements for painted structural steel upon which ironworkers would walk.

The testing method however, is still valid and an effective way to evaluate hazards on floors. The English XL F was the first tribometer to be validated under this standard. A proposed standard for Subpart D does make a reference to a 0.

The James Machine can still be used to test floor or shoe material, but has limitations of dry-testing only. The SATRA STM has been developed with the benefit of extensive research into slip and slip testing methods, together with the experience gained from the daily practical use of the machine in the SATRA footwear testing laboratories. Hence, a low coefficient of friction indicates that only a low horizontal load would be needed to cause the shoe to slip against the flooring type used in the test.

The method uses a Mark I, which are not readily produced. The method can be used on nearly all surfaces. To be meaningful, walkway tribometer results must correlate the slip characteristics of a surface or contaminant, or both, to the actual propensity for human slips.

By using a standard test surface, and with reference to acceptable required minimum and maximum coefficients of friction, the footwear can be assessed for slip resistance.

In addition, this method would generate sticktion problems on wet surfaces, so it is not recommended for evaluating wet slip-resistance. If you are a SATRA member but not yet registered for online access please register as a new user below. A section of calibrated standard flooring, an alternative floor surface, or a special surface such as ice is placed onto the floor carriage. This allows the conditions of slip to be determined in different stages of the walking gait — for example, heel strike, forepart lift-off, or shoe flat to floor.


The results shall be available at the site and to the steel erector. The horizontal and vertical forces are measured during the test. To simulate cold weather conditions, an optional piece of SATRA equipment allows a temperature-controlled block of ice to be produced and used in the STM slip test machine.

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The machine console incorporates a data acquisition computer, which gives graphical output and full numerical results. Some product manufacturers incorrectly point to this proposed standard as a rule to which employers must comply. Because of the leather pad specification and problem with sticktion, this method should not be used for wet testing. SATRA TM continues to provide a comprehensive basis for the development and approval of footwear, with respect to slip, within the global footwear industry.

The frame is adjustable to allow the inclination of the footwear to be set relative to the flooring. This term is largely left undefined. The machine and associated test methods have gained wide acceptance in the global footwear industry, with sales made to brands, manufacturers, test laboratories and institutes around the world.