GS-1 Operator Certificate Course Level I

GS-1 Course - Online Component

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Who Should Attend the Course

Owners of the GS-1 and anyone that manages or contracts a GS-1 professional including property managers, risk/loss control, Forensic Engineers, Materials Engineers, and Walkway Auditors. Graduates of the Level 1 course receive a discount in the course cost of the in-person Level II course.

GS-1 Operator Certificate Course Level I

Measuring the Static and Dynamic Coefficients of Friction of a surface requires use of a tribometer like the GS-1. The GS-1 can be used on most surfaces to measure wet and dry static and dynamic coefficients of friction.

In this online Johnson Forensic Labs-approved course, you’ll be taught how to use the GS-1 to measure wet and dry static and dynamic coefficients of friction.

The course explains the science of slip resistance, the physics of coefficient of friction (COF), and the difference between wet and dry static coefficients of friction (SCOF, DCOF). Proper preparation and calibration of the GS-1 is essential to measuring SCOF and DCOF. The B101.1 and B101.3 procedures to measure SCOF and DCOF are explained and demonstrated.

How You Will Benefit
- Understand slip resistance
- Understand the physics of coefficient of friction and the difference between SCOF and DCOF
- Learn the proper procedures to prepare and calibrate the GS-1 prior to use
- Learn how to measure wet static and dynamic coefficients of friction following the B101.1 and B01.3 procedures
- Identify resources available to aid in further study of walkway safety and tribometry

Course Outline

- Course Review & Introduction
- Slip Resistance
- Coefficient of Friction (COF)
- Static and Dynamic COF
- Preparing and troubleshooting the GS-1
- Calibrating the GS-1
- Using the GS-1 to measure COF following the B101.1 and B101.3 procedures
- Scientific approach to testing using SCOF and DCOF
- Online test ( GS-1 calibration, use of a test method) - 75% required, can be completed four times
- Downloadable checklist includes Preparation, Calibration, Measuring SCOF and DCOF
- Bibliography for further reading
- GS-1 Operators Certificate Level I (digital)
- Includes IDCEC-approved CEU 3-hour online course "Flooring: Material Selection and Design Considerations for Health, Safety, & Welfare” ($130 course)

Your Instructor

David Collette
David Collette

David has over 15 years of developing walkway safety programs for all commercial facility types while at DiverseyLever, Johnson Wax, and Cintas.

He is a past Board Member at the National Floor Safety Institute and past Main Committee Member for the NFSI/ANSI B101 standard. He is currently a member of NFSI/ANSI B101.4 (Test Method for measuring the wet barefoot condition of flooring materials or products), ANSI A108 (Accredited Standards Committee on Ceramic and Glass Tile that manages the A137.1 and A326.3 standards), ASTM F13 (Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear), ASTM D21 (Polishes), F15.03 (Safety Standards for Bathtub and Shower Structures), and F06.6 (Resilient Floor Coverings - Slip Resistance).

He teaches the Substratum 3-day "Walkway Safety Professional" course, the 1/2 day "Introduction to Walkway Management", and the 3-hour "Design Considerations - Material Selection of Walkways for Health, Safety, and Welfare". Substratum is an approved CEU Provider for IDCEC.

He is a member of ASTM, ASSE, ISSA, FIRMA, and APEGM. He is a Fellow of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He has filed several patents related to walkway safety and has published articles and white papers in magazines like ISSA Today (ISSA), Facilitator Magazine (Restaurant Facility Management Association). He has presented to both company and industry events including RFMA and ACUHO-i (Assocation of College and University Housing Officers - International).

He has a Mechanical Engineering degree, has a Certificate in Assessing Walkway Safety from the University of Northern Texas, and is ANSI Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder #31.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts and finishes on your timeline! It is a completely self-paced online course to meet your schedule. All you need is an internet connection and a mobile device or computer.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have one year after enrollment to access the course material. That way you an review what you've learned as needed, and get access to updates to the course and training material.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us and we'll work together to create a solution to get you back on track.
Can I get a refund?
You can get a refund on the course between the time you enroll and the time you start a lecture. After you've started a lecture there will be no refunds.

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