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An investigation of surface slip resistance on structural steel.
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 1995 Oct; :1-16
The purposes of this study were to confirm that: 1) Painted surfaces can be made slip-resistant. 2) Slip resistance can be measured with state-of-the-art slipmeters. 3) A reasonable threshold of safety can be established. 4) Empirical field evaluations by ironworkers would validate the demonstrated measurement methodology. The ironworkers were to participate in establishment of the safety threshold. That is, the consultants would demonstrate that they can quantify the slipperiness of steel structural forms using instruments and the ironworkers would tell them whether the meter indications accurately reflected their perceptions. The ironworkers would also determine what degree of slip-resistance they regarded as reasonably safe for them to walk on under wet conditions at elevation. This was not an effort to study the slip-resistance performance of any particular paint, but was to show the feasibility of achieving and measuring compliance with a specified threshold of safe slip resistance.
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An Investigation of Surface Slip Resistance on Structural Steel
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