Posted by: slipbustersoftexas | December 22, 2009

Factor that changes the level of friction between two surfaces

Did you know that: Any factor that changes the level of friction between two surfaces affects slip resistance. When a floor surface and the sole of an individual’s shoe are clean and dry, there is generally a high level of friction between the surfaces. In this case, the likelihood of slips and falls is reduced. Over time, as flooring surfaces and shoe soles become covered by foreign materials or become wet, the level of friction is reduced. As this occurs, the likelihood of a slip or fall increases.

Foreign materials include dirt, grease and water. However, some cleaning products used on flooring surfaces can build up a film in the pores of flooring material. This reduces the friction produced by the surface, increasing the likelihood of slips and falls. Such a buildup of materials is called “polymerization.”

The longer polymerization continues, the more difficult it is to remove. This becomes extremely important in cases where the floor surface occasionally becomes wet, such as in restaurants. Frequently in the real estate industry, occasional spills, weather-related hazards, wet and oily surfaces,  and changes in the degree of traction serve as primary causes of slips and falls.

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