Flooring manufacturers could soon be required to label their products' traction. The National Floor Safety Institute announced today in a press release that it petitioned the Consumer Products Safety Commission to require flooring manufacturers to comply with the ANSI/NFSI B101.5 standard.
The B101.5 standard provides a universal method for labeling different flooring products' wet static and wet dynamic coefficient of friction. The standard, issued by the American National Standards Institute, is currently not required by law.
"Slips and falls are one of the leading causes injuries [sic], of which 55% are caused by unsafe floors,” Russ Kendzior, NFSI president, said in the press release. “When it comes to buying a floor, most consumers are in the dark and assume all floors are safe only to find out that they are not once they are injured."
Follow the link below to learn more about the proposed requirement.