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In the spring of 1975, ASTM Subcommittee F15.03.01 on Specifications and Test Methods for Slip Resistance of Bathing Facilities, requested technical assistance from the Building Safety Section (BSS) of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in developing a performance test for establishing quantitatively an acceptable level of slip resistance for bathtubs and shower bases. Close cooperation between the subcommittee members and the BSS staff, coupled with financial support from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), resulted in the development of a performance test which approximates the conditions that are likely to occur on bathtub or shower base surfaces, is reliable and repeatable, and discriminates adequately between currently available bathtub and shower base materials.
slip resistance, test methods, safety engineering, friction, coefficient of friction, performance standards
Professor of Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa
Research engineer, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.