Consumer Product Safety Commission staff is tackling a
very interesting problem.
National Floor Safety Institute has petitioned it to
require floor covering manufacturers to label their
products to indicate that there is a possibility of
slips and falls that could result in injury.
and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries, of
which 55 percent are caused by unsafe floors," said
the institute president, Russ Kendzior.
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," he
commission said it received more than 60 comments, many
of which were in support.
A.P. Hersman of the National Safety Council said,
"Requiring flooring products to include slip
resistance safety labeling that is clearly defined in
line with the standard will enable consumers to make
better, safer choices."
flooring manufacturers are vehemently opposed.
Industries said that "providing coefficient of
friction information on product packaging misdirects the
consumer and can lead to a false sense of safety."
decades of experience in the floor-covering industry
indicates that wet and dry traction are generally
self-evident to consumers simply by walking on the
product, or running a hand over it under the expected
conditions," the company said.
floors are only insured by keeping floors clean and
dry," said Eric Astrachan of the Tile Council of
North America, the trade association representing the
ceramic tile industry.
institute research has shown that most floor coverings
are evenly distributed along three traction ranges,
making it just as easy for the consumer to select a
high-traction floor as a low-traction floor.
said, "Running your fingers across a floor’s
surface is not an accurate measurement of the product’s
safety as it will be walked on.
we are asking is they make that information available
via an easy-to-understand product label," he said.
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