ANSI Standard for Tile Slip Resistance Unveiled by TCNA

authors QR Staff | September 1, 2021

A consortium of North America’s leading ceramic tile suppliers has developed a “product use classification system” aimed at allowing manufacturers to communicate appropriate areas of use based on the slip resistance characteristics of their products.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced the development of guidelines to be included in ANSI A326.3 (National Standard Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials) as a standard for manufacturers to classify hard surface flooring into one or more of five product-use categories in both interior and exterior applications.

The guidelines were unveiled in July by the TCNA, a Clemson, SC-based trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and related products.

Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America

“Use of the classification system will provide architects, specifiers and interior designers the information they want in order to choose hard surface flooring products appropriate for their intended areas of use,” said TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan. “As a result, improved flooring specifications are anticipated, potentially leading to fewer slip incidents.”

To assist manufacturers, the TCNA said it is expanding its Product Performance Testing Laboratory’s slip resistance testing capabilities, aimed at determining product use classification.

“We look forward to improved clarity regarding flooring slip resistance from these proposed improvements to ANSI A326.3,” said Bill Griese, TCNA’s director of standards development and sustainability initiatives. “This will benefit all users of hard surface flooring products.”

In a related development, the TCNA announced publication of its Material Ingredient Guide, aimed at providing information about the material ingredients used industrywide by North American tile, mortar, and grout manufacturers.

“Product ingredient disclosure is in high demand,” said Dan Marvin, Sr., v.p./operations for Ironrock, and chairman of TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee. “Through development of the Material Ingredient Guide, the tile industry is committed to thoroughness, consistency and transparency in reporting information about the materials from which our products are made.

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