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Standards Dealing with Design Requirements: Technical links STM Slip resistance tester. This allows the conditions of slip to be determined in different stages of the walking gait — for example, heel strike, forepart lift-off, or shoe flat to floor.

It is common to test footwear against a dry floor and wet floor and, in some cases, a surface with a defined lubricant. The machine and associated test methods have gained wide acceptance in the global footwear industry, with sales made to brands, manufacturers, test laboratories and institutes around the world.

ASTM F – 96e1 Standard Test Method for Using a James Machine (Withdrawn )

This device has not be put through a F approval to date. Rise height and tread width shall be uniform throughout any flight of stairs including any foundation structure used as one or more treads of the stairs. Such documentation or certification shall be based on the appropriate ASTM standard test method conducted by a laboratory capable of performing the test.


Footwear set in STM cradle prior to slip testing. Some product manufacturers incorrectly point to this proposed standard as a rule to which employers must comply.

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This standard, rather than specifying a method, provides a framework under which tribometers can be validated. The output from the test is a determination of the coefficient of friction between the shoe and the test surface.

The horizontal and vertical forces are measured during the test. Slip resistance testing is a complex process, and an effective slip test machine needs to control and measure a number of key criteria reproducing the critical factors relating to slip when walking. The method can be used on nearly all surfaces.

This standard addresses the recommended format and content of reports addressing slip adtm evaluations. The proliferation of standards creates confusion by both consumers of slip-resistance testing services and even those offering such services. This method uses the stationary James Machine. The SATRA STM has been developed with the benefit of extensive research into slip and slip testing methods, together with the experience gained from the daily practical use of the machine in the SATRA footwear testing laboratories.

The method uses a Mark I, which are not readily produced. The method understates the slip-resistance when used in wet testing.

To simulate cold weather conditions, an optional piece of SATRA equipment allows a temperature-controlled block of ice to be produced and used in the STM slip test machine.


Using the new ASTM slip standard

However, this standard was never promulgated as a final rule. OSHA requires the use of slip-resistant surfaces in several locations in their standards. Additional information can be entered through the machine keyboard, allowing test criteria and other relevant data to be included. If you are a SATRA member but not yet registered for online access please register as a new user below. The English XL F was the first tribometer to be validated under this standard.

This testing method was also specific to a device called the Brungraber Mark II. Various combinations of floor and footwear are possible. SATRA TM continues to provide a comprehensive basis for the development and approval of footwear, with respect to slip, within the global footwear industry.

This website uses cookies. The method utilizes the whole shoe, so it seems to offer a more complete picture than those methods which require sections of the footwear to be tested.

View comments provided by High Safety Consulting Services. The testing method however, is still valid and an effective way to evaluate hazards on floors.

The wet condition includes soap-contaminated specifications. By using a standard test surface, and with reference to acceptable required minimum and maximum coefficients of friction, the footwear can be assessed for slip resistance.