Work Item
ASTM WK60578

New Test Method for Walkway Friction Testing Using Portable Walkway Tribometers

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the use of portable walkway tribometers for obtaining walkway friction measurements in the field or laboratory. 1.2 This test method is for obtaining walkway friction data; it does not address the interpretation of data regarding pedestrian slip risk or safety. 1.3 This test method is not intended to address the suitability of a walkway surface for a particular application. 1.4 This test method is not intended to address the homogeneity of reference surfaces. 1.5 Values stated in SI (metric) units are to be regarded as the standard. Values in parentheses are for information only. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Slip resistant; coefficient of friction; COF; pedestrian; walkway; tribometer


Currently there are no ASTM test methods for using modern tribometers to test walkway traction. This test method can be referenced in planned ASTM standards regarding tribometer validation to human reference standards, traction thresholds, flooring traction ratings, and (potentially) bathing surface traction.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F13.10

Committee: F13

Staff Manager: Travis Murdock

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 09-20-2017

Technical Contact: JOHN LEFFLER

Item: 001

Ballot: F13.10 (17-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: F13 (19-04)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: F13 (20-03)

Status: Withdrawn From Balloting