The National Floor Safety Institute or NFSI has given our organization an edge, providing our mats with proper certification and our staff with educational training. Providing safe and tested commercial matting products as well as safeguarding one’s business from slip, trip, and fall accidents should be important to business owners in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents and litigation. Learn more about the NFSI, the training they offer, and the testing process to receive a “high traction certification.”
History & Background
The NFSI was established in 1997 with its mission to help reduce slip, trip, and fall accidents by educating, researching, and developing standards. The NFSI was accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) in 2006 to establish standards to prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents. This organization ensures that business owners and commercial mat experts are educated and aware of all the necessary safety measures to protect staff and clients. These two standards committees have collaboratively developed procedures to safely use commercial mats and other runners to reduce the chance of accidents and potential litigation.
The NFSI offers services such as independent product testing, certifications, training, and standards development. NFSI issues the Walkway Safety Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH) program for individuals hoping to become experts in the walkway safety space. The training courses are available online or in person depending on your geographic location. Educating individuals on walkway safety management tactics through educational training enables these individuals to safeguard facilities from slip, trip, and fall accidents.
How do our Mats become High Traction Certified?
Our floor mats are certified as “High Traction” by the NFSI which means that they have gone through an extensive testing process in real-world applications. The Transitional Coefficient of Friction (TCOF) (the simultaneous application of horizontal & vertical force components to a body at rest as to overcome the body’s resistance to slipping along the vertical component) is an important factor in determining whether or not a mat will be considered high traction. It is important to note that the Dry TCOF of commercial mat backings must be at least .50 for a mat to be considered “high traction.” Customers and personnel alike regard commercial mats tested by the NFSI as reliable, durable, and safe solutions. We are proud that all of our mats have passed the test.
Are you looking to assess the safety of your facility? We have a WACH (ANSI Accredited Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder) that assures that the rest of our service staff is well versed in walkway safety management. Contact us today for more information.