Analysis of measurements of slip resistance of soiled surfaces on site

Appl Ergon. 1997 Aug;28(4):283-94. doi: 10.1016/s0003-6870(96)00077-4.


The present study hinges on the use of the PFT (Portable Friction Tester) to assess the slip resistance of floors on site and aims to analyse measurements of slip resistance (602 measurements) that were carried out in 27 different firms on moistened, greasy or dirty floors. The contribution of different factors to the slipperiness of a given soiled surface can thus be identified or confirmed: quantity and viscosity of the soil, permeability and roughness of the floor, cleaning efficiency and uniformity. In particular, we observed that cleaning a soiled surface does not immediately lead to an increase in its slip resistance. The present study is exploratory in nature since so far no publication has been devoted to the analysis of measurements of slip resistance of floors in more than one firm.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Floors and Floorcoverings*
  • Food Industry
  • Friction
  • Humans
  • Materials Testing / methods*
  • Metallurgy
  • Surface Properties*