Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, welcomes the opportunity to comment on the resubmitted petition from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) requesting that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) require manufacturers of floor coverings and coatings to label their products and provide point of purchase information regarding slip resistance using the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI/NFSI B101.5-2014 uniform labeling standard for identifying traction, as tested per the ANSI/NFSI B101.3-2012 standard. We support the petition, while recognizing that the toll of slip-and-fall injuries on consumers and the country may warrant additional measures to ensure that consumers—including those who do not directly purchase flooring from a retailer—are better protected from injury and have greater awareness of slip resistance as a key safety-related attribute of flooring.

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