A variety of slip measurement devices exist that provide estimates of both static and dynamic coefficient-of-friction (COF) values between one's shoes and the floor. Unfortunately, different shoe sole/heel materials, floor conditions, and contaminants will affect the tests in ways that result in widely varying COF estimates. This paper reviews the basic physics of such tests and describes a set of experiments to determine the static and dynamic COF values under operating conditions known to exist in different jobs. The results define a set of conditions wherein low (hazardous) COF values would exist (e.g., hard Neolite™ shoe material in contact with a wet, smooth walking surface). The results also question the use of light-load testing devices and static and slow speed reference COF values in the literature.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health