Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury and death for our nations elderly, most of which take place in the home. Research has revealed that half of all slip and fall injuries are caused by hazardous floors, however, most flooring manufacturers consciously chose to not inform the consumer as to their products slip resistance which contributes to them making the wrong choice. The NFSI believes that if provided such information the consumer will be able to make a more informed choice and reduce the risk of an accidental fall.
The NFSI has petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to request that they require flooring manufacturers to test and label their products slip resistance per the ANSI/NFSI B101.3 wet DCOF standard and ANSI/NFSI B101.5 product labeling standard. This common sense approach is strongly opposed by the flooring industry who seeks to keep the consumer unformed as it relates to their products safety.
The NFSI believes that consumers have a right to know just how slippery the floors they seek to purchase are and ask that you support our petition by submitting a comment to the CPSC at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=CPSC-2018-0014. The deadline date for comments is August 6, 2018.