ASTM F 1677 Slip-Resistance Footwear Standards

ASTM F1677 Footwear Slip Resistant

Here at Working Person’s Store we know that when when you’re on the job, you have a lot on your mind.  Managing staff, meeting deadlines and all while trying to stay safe are just a few of your concerns.  The last thing you need to worry about is slipping and falling.  When you’re on your feet and in a hurry, you don’t have time to wonder if your safety footwear has good enough traction, you just need them to do their job just like you do every day.

In order to be considered “slip-resistant”, shoes must meet certain safety regulations and slip-resistant standards.  A shoe or boot’s slip-resistance is based on friction or traction.  Friction is defined as the resistance to lateral movement caused by the contact between two surfaces, one surface being the sole of the shoe.  The degree of a shoe or boot’s slip-resistance is determined by the coefficient of friction (COF), the numerical result of the horizontal force divided by the vertical force.  A higher COF means more slip-resistance.

One slip-resistance standard is the ASTM F 1677, a test method involving a Portable Inclinable Articulated Strut Slip Tester, a tribometer called the Brungraber Mark II.  This test method, which has been around since the 1970’s, does not test a whole shoe, but 3” by 3” sample of the shoe material.  A weighted strut with a fixed angle pushes a movable arm against the test surface.  The point where the test sample becomes loose from the surface is recorded and determines the COF.

Working Person’s Store offers a wide variety of slip-resistant footwear. To easily find slip-resistant boots or shoes simply check the slip-resistant box, or what ever options you need, on our work boot finder to pull up our slip-resistant selections. Specifically, certain Puma Safety Shoes meet the ASTM F 1677 slip-resistance standards. Those styles include 64.262.5, 63.216.5, 64.220.5, 63.217.5, 63.218.5  Available in a variety of colors and styles for men and women, Puma safety shoes offer traction and protection you can trust, keeping your mind on the job and your body off of the floor!

2 Responses to “ASTM F 1677 Slip-Resistance Footwear Standards”

  1. Barbara Houston May 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    What is a good number for slip resistant test using ASTM F 1677? ANd how do I find the numbers for shoes?

    • Sandra July 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

      .4 is practical for wet/oily surfaces. The best way to find out is to ask your shoe manufacturer. I spent a ton of time in my last safety position getting with manufacturers to find out what styles have what level of slip-resistance.
      Also, may times the distributors (especially the trucks that go to multiple locations) will have or be able to get that information for all their shoes, it is not a secret, you just need to know who to ask.
      Good luck.

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