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Field evaluation of two commonly used slipmeters.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12523805     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A variety of slipmeters have been used to assess the slipperiness of floor surfaces. International standards for the operation of slipmeters describe the protocol for a single measurement. These standards usually do not cover some of the critical elements in safety assessment such as methods for the selection of measurement locations and the necessary number of repeated measurements at each location. Furthermore, most of the slipmeters were evaluated in laboratory settings with new floor surfaces and artificial contaminants. Two commonly used slipmeters, the Brungraber Mark II and the English XL, were evaluated at actual worksites in this experiment. Four floor tiles in each of four different work areas in the kitchens of 18 fast food restaurants were selected for repeated measurements with these two slipmeters. The results indicated that sanding of footwear materials has a significant effect on the outcomes of friction measurements, and the tile-to-tile variations in friction in the same areas of restaurants were also mostly statistically significant. Significant local variation in friction among tiles in the same area could potentially increase the chances of slip and fall incidents. Both slipmeters used in this experiment could potentially have problems in the areas with grease, such as grill and fryer areas, since the build-up of grease during repeated strikes could alter the outcome of friction measured.
Authors:
Wen-Ruey Chang; John P Cotnam; Simon Matz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied ergonomics     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0003-6870     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Ergon     Publication Date:  2003 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-13     Completed Date:  2003-04-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0261412     Medline TA:  Appl Ergon     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health, 71 Frankland Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748, USA. wen.chang@libertymutual.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
Floors and Floorcoverings*
Friction
Materials Testing*
Occupational Health
Restaurants*

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