The first four papers in this issue were presented at the International Symposium on Slip Resistance: The Interaction of Man, Footwear, and Walking Surfaces, held 30–31 October 1995 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. Sponsored by Committee D 21 on Polishes and Subcommittee D 21.06 on Slip Resistance, this symposium represents the culmination of research initiated in the 1950s to determine the coefficient of friction of polished walkway surfaces. Extensive laboratory and field studies of methods and apparatus led to the development of the ASTM Test Method for Static Coefficient of Friction of Polish-Coated Floor Surfaces as Measured by the James Machine.
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