Walkway Auditor Training

The National Floor Safety Institute’s (NFSI) Walkway Auditor Training courses is designed to provide the attendee with the necessary information on how to properly conduct a walkway safety inspection under OSHA’s proposed new rule for “Walking and Working Surfaces” and bring you up to date on recently released ANSI/NFSI B101 Standards.

The course covers:

• Step-by-step review of the NFSI Walkway Auditing Guideline

• OSHA’s revised Walking and Working Surface Requirements

• How and why slips, trips and falls occur

• Floor covering materials and their recommended applications

• Proper floor maintenance methods and procedures

• Hands-on use of various walkway tribometers

Participants that complete all four days and score an 80% or higher on the exam will be recognized as Walkway Auditor Certificate Holders (WACH).

Course Overview

  1. Understand the ‘WACH’ acronym awarded upon successful completion of this course and what it can be used for.
  2. Become informed on the growing problem that many business owner’s face on a daily basis costing them millions of dollars annually.
  3. Develop an understanding of both the causes and contributing factors which contribute to slips and falls.
  4. Proper use and installation of floor mats.
  5. Understand how to control the high cost of slip and fall accidents through accident prevention, statistical analysis, accident investigation, claims management and litigation management.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base concerning flooring and walkway safety, incorporating theoretical concepts covering:  Scientific methodology that supports legal precepts, Human ambulation, Slip, Trip and Fall mechanics and Walkway design characteristics
  7. Demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base concerning flooring and walkway safety, incorporating theoretical concepts covering Predictive Statistical models
  1. Become informed on the history of Tribometry.
  2. Examine the various portable tribometers both past and present.
  3. Distinguish between Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) and Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF).
  4. Determine which device can measure SCOF, DCOF, both or another measurement term.
  5. Review the NFSI B101.0 Walkway Surface Auditing Procedure for the Measurement of Walkway Slip Resistance.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base concerning flooring and walkway safety, incorporating theoretical concepts covering  Friction, tribology and Tribological systems
  7. Demonstrate Proper use of the tribometers available in class.
  8. Perform processes that require a range of well-developed skills pertaining to walkway auditing, specifically: Walkway site mapping, Slip risk classification, Data sampling, Slip risk remediation action planning, Tribometer output evaluation, Auditing frequency and Interpreting available information
  1. Become informed on the history of walkways.
  2. Distinguish between the different Floor Coverings and their characteristics.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in properly identifying flooring materials.
  4. Explain proper maintenance procedures for various flooring materials.
  5. Learn proper vs. improper floor cleaning techniques as related to slips and falls.
  6. Ability to make educated recommendations on proper selection for flooring materials to improve floor safety.
  7. Define Industry Terms.
  8. Apply known solutions to a variety of predictable problems concerning slip and fall accidents and preventions for traction-deficient walkways, specifically: Facility-specific floor cleaning and maintenance guidelines, Training Facility staff on matters of safety awareness and accident prevention and Remediation management
  9. Develop an understanding of the standards development process.
  10. Working knowledge of ANSI/NFSI B101 standards and Test Methods.
  11. Distinguish between the various industry testing standards specifically:
    1. NFSI B101.0 Walkway Surface Auditing Procedure for the Measurement of Walkway Slip Resistance
    2. ANSI/NFSI B101.1 Test Method For Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Material
    3. ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Test Method for Measuring Wet DCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials
    4. ANSI/NFSI B101.5 Standard Guide for Uniform Labeling Method for Identifying the Wet Static and Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (Traction) of Floor Coverings, Floor Coverings with Coatings, and Treated Floor Coverings
    5. NFSI B101.6 Standard Guide for Commercial Entrance Matting in Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls
    6. NFSI Tribometer Selection Process
  12. Develop an understanding of Industry Organizations and working knowledge of Industry Standards pertaining to walkway traction (OSHA, ADA, ASTM, ASSE, etc).
  1. Course Review, Practice time with Tribometers and Exam (Written + Practical)

Lunch, Training Materials and Exam are included in the fee. Payment must accompany registration form to reserve a space in class. If all 4 days are not completed you will not be recognized as a qualified Walkway Auditor.

Event dates are subject to change or cancellation based on attendance or instructor scheduling conflicts. Please do not book any airline reservations until you have received a confirmation of your space in the course. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel and airfare accommodations

Cancellation Policy: 

        • 30 + days prior to the course = 100% refund of tuition less $50 processing fee
        • 21-29 days prior to the course = 75% refund of tuition
        • 14-20 days prior to the course = 50% refund of tuition
        • 7-13 days prior to the course = 25% refund of tuition
No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than one week prior to the course.

Walkway Auditor Certificate Program Policies and Procedures (updated 11/14)

Training Location:

National Floor Safety Institute

2815 Exchange Blvd., Suite 200

Southlake, TX 76092

We do not have a block of rooms or a standard rate, but we do recommend the following hotels that are local as all provide breakfast and transportation to/from DFW International Airport and to/from our Training Center.

Local Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express

309 SH 114 West

Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 442-5919

Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square

1400 Plaza Place

Southlake,  Texas 76092

(817) 442-9900

Hilton Garden Inn DFW North Grapevine

W State Highway 114

Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 421-1172

Super 8 Grapevine DFW Airport Northwest

250 E State Hwy 114 at Main St

Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 329-7222

Comfort Inn

301 Capitol St

Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 329-9300

Register today to reserve your spot in our next course, seats are limited.