Slip-resistance on stairs
Falls on staircases are often caused by inadequate slip-resistance, especially on step edges. At present, there are no special methods available to test the slip-resistance of staircase-steps and their front edges.
Based on the results of previous bio-mechanical studies, the critical phases of going downstairs and the derived test-parameters are discussed. Considering the different approaches, a method was chosen which takes into account most of the proposed parameters. The method was tested on 8 standard step edge designs and a procedure for the testing of the slip-resistance was proposed, which is in accordance with the standard draft DIN 51 131 for the determination of the slip-resistance of floors. The method provides the possibility to test the slip-resistance when the shoe meets the step at the most critical angle.
Please download the complete report "Slip-resistance on stairs" (in German only).
Slip-resistance on stairs. Testing method to determine the slip-resistance of staircase-step edges
1. edition. Dortmund: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin 2006. 41 pages, Project number: F 1639, Papier, PDF-Datei
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