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National Standard, ANSI A326.3 Product Use Classifications Based on Slip Resistance

In February, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced the addition of a five-category “product use
classification system” in ANSI A326.3 American National Standard Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient
of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials.

A326.3 describes the test method for measuring dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) of hard surface flooring materials in the laboratory and in the field. The standard also includes DCOF specifications, product use classifications, and guidance on specifying hard surface flooring materials. This standard is intended to serve as a guide to the general public, manufacturers, distributors, specifiers, architects, contractors, testing laboratories, building owners, and other businesses and professionals.

For architects, designers and consumers, A326.3 communicates where themanufacturer of the product expects it can be used based on slip resistance-related criteria. The standard provides possible areas of use for the specifiers’ consideration. This provides information to help choose appropriate hard surface flooring products, ultimately benefiting all end-users of flooring through better choices.

The standard, originally published in 2017, is referenced by IAPMO’s Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, & Hot Tub Code
and will be referenced in the International Code Council’s International Swimming Pool & Spa Code beginning in 2024.

The five categories, developed by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee responsible for the standard, will allow
manufacturers to directly communicate areas of use based on the slip resistance characteristics of their products, with
manufacturers starting to provide these classifications for their products in the upcoming months.

“This revision to A326.3, resulting from years of testing, research, and consensusbuilding, represents perhaps the most
significant slip/fall communications advancement in the flooring industry since the 1950’s when standards were proposed to measure the frictional properties of flooring,” said TCNA Director of Standards Development and Sustainability
Initiatives, Bill Griese. “This classification system is a key step forward for better specifications and consumer safety.”

Given its importance and beneficial impact, TCNA has made a free digital copy of the standard available to the public at TCNAtile.com.

The five product use categories are as follows:
1. Interior, Dry (ID)
2. Interior, Wet (IW)
3. Interior, Wet Plus (IW+)
4. Exterior, Wet (EW)
5. Oils/Greases (O/G)

According to the standard, hard surface flooring products shall be classified into one or more of the categories. Additionally,
the standard provides informative “possible areas of use” for each category.Full story »

 

 

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