Saf Health Work.  2018 Mar;9(1):17-24. 10.1016/j.shaw.2017.05.005.

Investigation of Floor Surface Finishes for Optimal Slip Resistance Performance

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. dr.injukim@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Increasing the slip resistance of floor surfaces would be desirable, but there is a lack of evidence on whether traction properties are linearly correlated with the topographic features of the floor surfaces or what scales of surface roughness are required to effectively control the slipperiness of floors. OBJECTIVE: This study expands on earlier findings on the effects of floor surface finishes against slip resistance performance and determines the operative ranges of floor surface roughness for optimal slip resistance controls under different risk levels of walking environments.
METHODS
Dynamic friction tests were conducted among three shoes and nine floor specimens under wet and oily environments and compared with a soapy environment.
RESULTS
The test results showed the significant effects of floor surface roughness on slip resistance performance against all the lubricated environments. Compared with the floor-type effect, the shoe-type effect on slip resistance performance was insignificant against the highly polluted environments. The study outcomes also indicated that the oily environment required rougher surface finishes than the wet and soapy ones in their lower boundary ranges of floor surface roughness.
CONCLUSION
The results of this study with previous findings confirm that floor surface finishes require different levels of surface coarseness for different types of environmental conditions to effectively manage slippery walking environments. Collected data on operative ranges of floor surface roughness seem to be a valuable tool to develop practical design information and standards for floor surface finishes to efficiently prevent pedestrian fall incidents.

Keyword

floor surface finishes; operational levels of floor surface roughness; slip resistance; wet, soapy and oily environments
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