First-rate anti-slip protection is required for a successful safety program. Fortunately, anti-slip effectiveness is not left to chance, but verified by independent laboratories. Review our performance on a variety of parameters below.
Independent Testing Results
Coefficient of Friction (COF) is the measure of a product’s ability to provide safe traction and thereby prevent slips-and-falls.
Prior to 2006, ASTM International published standards for testing COF. Those standards were withdrawn because they referenced specific devices, the Brungraber Mark II and the English XL VIT. Although these are the most well-known and reliable devices for measuring COF, ASTM standards are meant to be neutral in regard to brand names. ASTM International now publishes F2508-11, the Standard Practice for Validation and Calibration of Walkway Tribometers Using Reference Surfaces, which contains evaluation criteria used to certify reliable testing devices. Both the Brungraber and the English devices have attained this certification.
We Exceed OSHA and ADA Standards
When SAFEGUARD® products were tested for Coefficient of Friction using the Brungraber Mark II testing device, the results showed a COF value nearly double OSHA’s 0.5 guideline and far exceeding the ADA’s recommended value of 0.6. Even when angled as an ADA access ramp, and in wet or oily conditions, our anti-slip surface greatly exceeds these guidelines.
Testing was performed on samples of both SAFEGUARD® Hi-Traction and SAFEGUARD® HiGlo-Traction samples.
ASTM D4587 – Conducting Tests on Paint and Related Coatings and Materials Using a Fluorescent UV-Condensation Light- and Water-Exposure Apparatus
The method is a cyclic test comprised of 4 hours of exposure to ultraviolet light with the test specimens at 60°C followed by 4 hours of water condensation on the test specimens at 50°C. The fluorescent lamps closely simulate noon summer sunlight.
The test period totaled 200 hours, approximately equivalent to 5 years normal exposure. The following changes took place:
|Measurement of lightness/darkness (L*)||small change|
|Tendency towards decreasing redness and increasing greenness (a*)||small decrease|
|Tendency towards increasing yellowness (b*)||slightly larger increase|
|Luminescence Retention (HiGlo-Traction Cover)||100% after 158 hours
90% after 200 hours
(slight yellowing of the epoxy)
|Photoluminescent Test Conditions|
|Product Excitation||4500K Fluorescent Light|
|Excitation Duration||2 Hours|
|Illuminance on Surface||2 Footcandles (21.6 lux)|
|Minimum Brightness Rating Required|
|30.0 mcd/m2 at 10 minutes|
|7.0 mcd/m2 at 60 minutes|
|5.0 mcd/m2 at 90 minutes|
mcd/m2 = millicandelas per square meter
|SAFEGUARD® HiGlo-Traction Test Results|
|Minutes||Minimum Brightness Required||HiGlo-Traction Results|
|10||30.0 mcd/m2||35.8 mcd/m2|
Test results are summarized below:
|Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 302||Pass|
|ASTM E648 (Also NFPA 253 and FTM Standard 372)|
|Average Critical Radiant Flux||1.04 Watts/cm2 (FRP Covers)
0.93 Watts/cm2 (Vinyl Covers)
|ASTM E662-01 (Also NFPA 258)|
|Flame Spread Index||25|
Hi-Traction and HiGlo-Traction Covers were subjected to 20 cycles, with temperature ranging from -40°F to 150°F. Visual inspection for cracking or melting revealed no sign of damage.
- Temperature of test
- Equipment used
- 17 pound pendulum
- Potential energy
- Approx. 138 Joules
- Slip resistant coating detached at point of impact only. No shattering occurred.
- Test Equipment
- “Bigfoot” Boot Simulator
- Number of cycles
- Step Force
- Approx. 400 pounds (182 kg)
- Little wear at end of test. Approximately 0.013 inch (0.33 mm) between worn and unworn sections of SAFEGUARD® Cover
Bond strength, SAFEGUARD® surface to smooth steel and aluminum: 800 – 1000 pounds per square inch