The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has announced the development of a five-category product use classification system, which is anticipated for inclusion in ANSI A326.3 American National Standard Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials. The five categories, developed by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A108, will allow manufacturers to directly communicate appropriate areas of use based on the slip resistance characteristics of their products.
This addition to the ANSI standard will require manufacturers to classify hard surface flooring into one or more of five product use categories, including: interior, dry; interior, wet; interior, wet plus; exterior; and oils/greases. To assist product manufacturers, TCNA continues to expand its Product Performance Testing Laboratory’s slip resistance testing capabilities. The TCNA lab provides manufacturers, and any interested parties, with a variety of options to assist in assessing product slip resistance.