While for a home or for a small office, in case the wet PTV is not 36+, the risk of slip and trip accident is comparatively low. Yes, we cannot say that no slip and trip accident would take place, however, the chances are defiantly low. However, for places that get hundreds of visitors on daily basis, it would mean a disaster.
You would be wondering why you are bound to get anti-slip ratings annually, if the risk is negligible. It is true that the law mandates the wet floor PTV and other floor safety measures to be checked on annual basis by independent slip testing services that happen to be from UK slip resistance group.
Let us look at a few examples to get a clear picture of what risk PTV less than 36 would mean
Let us say you are the manager at a Hospital. You know about slip testing in London and across the UK and decide to get the floor tested for anti-slip ratings. You get in touch with independent slip testing services and hire someone from UK slip resistance group.
However, the wet floor PTV received is say 24. According to the probability of the risk involved, it would mean, 1 in 20 people who visit your hospital and happen to walk on the wet floor would, slip, trip and fall.
|PTV||Probability||Risk of Slip and trip|
|36||1 in 1,000,000||Low Risk|
|34||1 in 100,000||Moderate Risk|
|29||1 in 10,000||Moderate to High Risk|
|27||1 in 200||High Risk|
|24||1 in 20||Extremely High Risk|
|Less than 24||> 1 in 20||Dangerous|
Thus, if 1,000,000 people would visit the hospital in a year (say 2750 people in a day, which is quite nominal for a large multi facility hospital then each year 50,000 visitors would be injured at hospital due to slip and trip accident.
So, how safe is your hospital? Imagine the gravity of the situation under the consideration of the fact that you and your staff are the regular visitors of the hospital premises.
Let us suppose you own a pub. The wet floor PTV that the independent slip testing services gave you received is 29. PTV 29 would literally translate to the risk of 1 in 10,000.
Let us assume that you get say 400 to 500 customers every day. Thus, every twenty days at least one or more of your customers is going to slip and fall.
Imagine the horror of all those who are present in there when a couple of such incidents take place. If those are really good people and they forgo suing your bar, yet, the damage in your reputation is going to be too gigantic to be calculated in Pounds.
If you really want to stay safe, eliminate the risk of unsafe floors, hire independent slip testing services and secure your anti-slip ratings right away. Remember: Pride costs us more than food and shelter. Also, humility is priceless…