The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that it is considering new regulations to require floor manufacturers to provide slip resistance information in accordance with the applicable American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard.

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The Commission invites public comments concerning the petition. Comments are due by 1st February 2016.

The proposed rulemaking is in response to a petition initiated from safety advocates. The National Floor Safety Institute, filer of the petition, is requesting that manufacturers of floor coverings, floor coverings with coatings, and treated floor coverings, label their products to provide point-of-sale information regarding the level of slip resistance, in accordance with the labeling requirements prescribed in ANSI B101.5-2014.

At present, floor manufacturers are not required to provide consumers with information relating to slip resistance of their products. The petitioner requests a rule that would require a label indicating the slip resistance, known as “coefficient of friction” or “COF”, for floor coverings based on tests described in ANSI B101.1 and B101.3. The required label would provide a graphic of a traction scale and indicate the COF value for the product. The slip resistance labels are expected to help increase safety for elderly people on slippery floors such as reducing the risk of accidental slip and fall events.

Reference: Notice of Petition for Rulemaking: [1]

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