The Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) has endorsed improved slip-resistance test methods and slip resistance safety standards.

Gray LaFortune, CTIOA Director, said this endorsement encourages the use of the test methods and safety standards for not only ceramic tile, but also natural stone, vinyl and linoleum, terrazzo, concrete, and wood flooring. LaFortune is asking U.S. tile manufacturers to provide the new slip safety information to architects, designers and consumers.

“For years different industries have been trying to evaluate flooring surface safety based on different test methods that do not correlate,” LaFortune said. “The result has been confusion that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for manufacturers to provide reliable data and specifiers to provide realistic specifications.”

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