Topic: 'Slip Fall Prevention'
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- Floor safety standards developer to initiate national training network in 2015.
- The non-profit National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has formed a Slip/Fall Prevention Coalition to reduce slips, trips and falls and related injury. The coalition consists of the NFSI Board of Directors (BOD), NFSI members, and non-member organizations seeking to advance the health and safety mission of the NFSI.
- Facilities should urgently consider the life-altering nature and heavy liabilities of slips, trips and falls, and do something to prevent them. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) provides an educated, organized approach to doing so.
- The goal is to increase floor safety awareness and prevent accidents.
- The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) has formed an educational partnership with the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). As part of the partnership, HFI will publish information to help NFSI fulfill its mission to “raise floor care to floor safety” and HFI’s mission to make facilities safer and healthier.
- The ANSI B101.3-2012 wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) standard joins the 2009 release of the ANSI B101.1 wet Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) standard and provides manufacturers a comprehensive approach to quantifying the “Traction” levels of all types of ceramic, porcelain, and polished concrete materials.
- When examining the factors contributing to slips and falls, we find that they can be divided into three distinct categories: physiological, social/emotional, and environmental.
- One of the best ways to capture tracked-in moisture and soil is through the use of floor mats. However, using the right floor mat is important.
- Werner Braun, president of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and member of the HFI Healthy Carpet Workgroup, offers his perspective.
- Carpeting can help hospitals improve sound-absorption, indoor air quality, staff and patient safety, and aesthetics, but it also poses many challenges.
- Since a floor that is slip-resistant when wet will generally be slip resistant when dry, taking measurements of the condition of floors by benchmarking the wet Coefficient of Friction (COF) is an important starting point to raise safety levels.