Get answers to the most common questions about walkway auditing.

What is walkway auditing?

Walkway auditing is a process involving inspection and testing of the walking surfaces of a facility.

Traction Auditing’s walkway audits performed to the specifications in the NFSI B101.0-2022, NFSI B101.1-2022, NFSI B101-3-2022 and NFSI B101.4 Walkway Auditing Procedure national standards include a comprehensive review of cleaning processes, chemicals used, safety materials as well as testing of the facilities flooring slip resistance for documentation of available traction. Recommendations for remediation in areas where the available traction is deficient to the standards are also included in the report provided with each walkway audit.

Pro-active walkway auditing can help insure the compliance of a facility. Regular audits establish an evidentiary trail of due diligence and fulfillment of the duty of care by a facility reducing the exposure to accidents and unwarranted litigation.

Can my business benefit from walkway auditing?

Maintaining safe walkways will affect everyone who uses your facility.

If a customer or employee touches nothing else in your facility, they must still touch the floor. The business owner may see an instantaneous benefit to keeping high traction floors. Reducing slip and fall risk by being informed about the walkway condition can reduce workers comp and general liability costs because incidents go down.

Are there standards for testing? Which standards are important?

Standards for testing the traction levels of walkways are administered by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). The NFSI B101 standard series addresses and defines walkway testing methodology and floor surface.

Are walkway audit results kept confidential?

Absolutely! The results of walkway audits are important to facilities and are always kept confidential. The audit results are sent only to those who authorize the audit.

Can my cleaning protocols and chemicals have an effect on the traction level of my walkways?

Traction Auditing always recommends that a high traction floor maintenance program should be instituted.

A high traction protocol can significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls while demonstrating due diligence. We recommend that facilities use products and procedures tested and certified “High Traction” by the National Floor Safety Institute. Products certified by the NFSI will maintain walkways in the “High Traction” range of the NFSI B101.1 national standard requirements.

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