Nu-Safe Floor Solutions, Inc.

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Floor Safety. Services.

Floor Safety Services

Slips almost always occur on wet surfaces. Reasonably, a floor surface that is slip-resistant when wet will provide safe walking conditions when dry.

 

Products designed to raise slip resistance on wet surfaces, therefore, provide an excellent means to help ensure floor slip safety in general. In most cases, drastic surface alterations are not necessary. Aesthetics need not be compromised for floor safety.

 

Low-impact products are available including surface modifiers for mineral containing floors (such as marble and tile), and mop-on treatments for finished floors that raise slip coefficients.

 

Chemical processes that alter the properties of an existing unfinished floor to improve the coefficient of friction are especially useful in foodservice areas, where quarry or ceramic tile floors may become greasy, dirty, or wet. Restroom and shower areas are also treatable with identical methods to raise slip safety dramatically.

 

A process requiring professional application creates microscopic tread patterns or pores which make any mineral-containing hard surface much safer when wet or dry. Subsequent sealing prevents the penetration of dirt and grease. The same process may also be used on porcelain surfaces (such as bathtubs), raising the DCOF to safer levels. Excellent slip resistance persists several years with proper maintenance.

 

New cleaning treatments for finished floors and other surfaces also deliver enhanced safety. Special high performance pH-neutral cleaners that boost the slip resistance of floors and other surfaces to higher levels, provide a clear, protective sheen. Employees can apply such water-based treatments for routine cleaning and slip safety maintenance on a daily or weekly basis.

Services

  • New Facilities - Prevention

    As consultants for a newly planned facility, Nu-Safe carefully reviews the specification of floor surfaces to eliminate inappropriate types of flooring in the design stage of floor selection and, as needed, establishes traffic controls or restricted areas in facilities.

    If an existing floor's COF demonstrates that it is slippery when wet, Nu-Safe may recommend applying a specialized treatment or product to the surface that increases wet slip resistance.

  • Anti-Slip Treatment/Sealant

    Anti-Slip Treatment/Sealant
    You'll experience no down time. Our uniformed, professionally trained employees arrive at your location after closing to apply the anti-slip treatment.
  • Employee Training

    Employee Training
    Nu-Safe's specialists analyze and evaluate each location's needs. Facility managers are trained to be alert to floor safety needs. Safety posters, training manuals and videos may be provided at each location.
  • Slip Testing with The BOT-3000

    Slip Testing with The BOT-3000
    Portable slip resistance monitoring devices-permitting on-site floor assessment-are an important preventive tool for professionals responsible for the safety of building occupants. Choosing a device that produces a reliable DCOF reading will enable you to measure, record, correct and document the actual condition of your floors for maximum benefit-both from a safety and legal standpoint.

     

    Calculating the coefficient of friction, or COF is simply dividing the amount of force it takes to move an object (F) by the Normal force (N) which is basically the overall weight of an object. So if it requires one pound of force to push or pull a two pound object; you have a COF of 0.5.

     

    There are two well-known types of COF; static (SCOF) and dynamic (DCOF). The static test is only interested in how much force it requires to get an object to move or budge (slip), while the dynamic test is interested in how much force it requires to keep the object in motion (slide). Historically, SCOF testing is common in the US, while DCOF is prevalent in Europe.

     

    The BOT-3000 can perform both SCOF and DCOF test types, wet or dry; with a variety of sensor (test foot) materials.

     

    The BOT-3000 is a binary output tribometer, based on a modified drag-sled principle. It possesses several key differences from the old-fashioned mechanical drag-sled devices: It can perform both wet and dry surface testing.

     

    It is capable of performing static, dynamic, and heel impact testing. It employs a slightly curved sensor surface, minimizing the effects of tiction and hydroplaning, sometimes associated with wet surface testing. A digital instrument,the BOT-3000 can record, print, and output data which can be cataloged or archived for historical or research purposes. Sensor linings are of the highest quality materials available,and can be factory replaced as they become worn.

     

    The BOT-3000 can be factory re-programmed and calibrated as future standards and test methods are developed, and it can be field-validated using the supplied standardized test surface and system verification mass.
  • On-Site Monitoring and Inspection

    Data gathered during installation and on-site inspections is entered into our monitoring program and referenced when our customer service staff routinely telephones each location to follow-up the floor safety program. Data from installation and DCOF tests are tracked and logged to prove your facility has taken a proactive approach to reducing slip and falls.
  • Learning from Incidents

    If you have already experienced slips and falls at your facility, Nu-Safe can help you examine the qualitative and quantitative loss data to help identify how, where and under what conditions incidents have occurred so remedial efforts can be properly planned and directed. Performing physical inspections of incident areas may offer insight on causes, enabling a more focused and effective loss control process.

     

    Nu-Safe's qualitative analysis examines conditions, frequency, severity and other patterns. What type of footwear was being worn? Was there a contaminant on the floor? Were wet floor signs in place? Was there a floor mat? Could this have been a trip fall, instead of a slip fall? What time of day did the event occur?

     

    Nu-Safe's quantitative analysis determines the value or amount of the losses, projected direct losses based on past losses, and estimates of the overall future cost of risk. This enables projecting ROI based on the cost of loss control measures versus projected costs of "business as usual."

  • Consulting for Slip and Fall Litigation-Defense

    Over the past 15 years, Nu-Safe has developed a methodology that involves educating and consulting with defense teams that are helping thier clients argure slip and fall cases.

     

    Our consulting provides well rounded education on which questions to ask plaintiff's council which will help position a defense strategy using science and the latest technology on slip resistance standards.

     

    Please contact us for further information at 800-275-7771.