The Charles H. Irvine Award was established in 1996 by Committee F13 on Safety and Traction for Footwear. It is an award dedicated to the memory of Charles H. Irvine, the first Chairman of Committee F13 and a life-long leader. In the development of standards to promote workplace safety, reduce incidence of pedestrian slip-and-fall accidents (which annually cost society billions of dollars in liability and lost productivity, as well as untold human suffering), further the science of floor slipperiness and shoe sole slipperiness, and to better design stairways.
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