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National Floor Safety Institute Ratings: What You Need to Know

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The National Floor Safety Institute rates mats. Here’s what you should know about these ratings.

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 in order “to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls through education, research and standards development.” The Texas-based NFSI tests products, rates them according to its standards and offers safety training. In conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the NFSI has developed safety standards for the prevention of slip and fall accidents, called NFSI B101.

NFSI Standards for Floor Mat Safety

When it comes to certifying the safety of floor mats, the NFSI has developed a comprehensive evaluation method. It examines, among other things, the “transitional coefficient of friction,” which indicates how slippery the mat’s surface is, as well as the surface traction it provides to those walking upon it. The NFSI recommends “high traction backing” in order to reduce the movement of the mat.

How does the NFSI certify products like floor mats? The product manufacturer submits their mat to the NFSI for testing and is only identified as a NFSI Certified “High-Traction” product when it has met all of the organization’s requirements. The standard used to test floor mats is called The ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls,” and testing can come in two phases, according to the NFSI.

The Importance of Floor Mats

The NFSI tests floor mats, which have a few important functions. First, they can protect your floors from dirt and moisture brought in from the outside. In doing so, they can extend the life of your facilities while offering you an attractive-looking surface. Floor mats can also save you time and money on cleaning, helping your bottom line. Just as importantly, they can absorb moisture and can provide a drier surface for your employees and customers to walk and work upon. Investing in the best floor mats communicates an important message to customers and employees alike that you consider cleanliness and safety to be top priorities.

Mats That Work as Hard as You Do

Your floors work hard and take a beating every single day. Rolling wheels, heavy loads and shuffling feet put any standard mat to the test. Consider investing in a floor mat that has a high NFSI rating.

Chuck Leddy
Chuck Leddy

Chuck Leddy is a versatile, fast-learning communications professional with a proven track record as a digital content marketer. Writing for clients like GE, ADP, the National Center for the Middle Market, smartShift (computing), Office Depot, and more, he's published hundreds of articles, features, profiles, and interviews.