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Why you need pendulum testing

If you are the owner of a commercial building, you may be wondering why you need pendulum testing and why it has to be done on a regular basis. Well, there are certain facts that you need to know about this particular method of testing your floors.

Pendulum testing will save people in your building

A lot of people pass through your building, and all of them trust that your floors are safe. They do not all wear the same kind of shoes, but with pendulum testing, you are able to get a safe zone for all foot traffic. You may have heard news of the dangers of falling on hard slippery floors, such as marble. The pain caused or injury could cause someone to be crippled for life, or lose their life. When you do the pendulum testing, you are protecting everyone who passes on those floors.

Pendulum testing will save you from a costly lawsuit

Apart from the health benefits of pendulum testing, you will be protecting yourself from a potentially crippling lawsuit. If you cause someone to be harmed by not testing your floors, then you are liable for their pain and suffering, and the compensation could drive you out of business. So when you are doing pendulum testing, you are protecting yourself and your investors.

Pendulum testing is very accurate

You may not know, but the material you built your floors with was probably tested for slipperiness at a lab, and came with a label declaring it safe for use. However, conditions in the lab are very different from those on the site. Remember that the material gets worn down after many pass on it, and may have become slippery in the process. Pendulum testing is done on-site and therefore mimics the actual slipperiness at the site. Nothing is taken back to the lab. This is why it is considered one of the most accurate of all slip testing methods.

At this point you should note that the pendulum is pushed across a floor that is sprayed with water, which means that your floors get a pass, even in wet conditions, such as rainy days, or an accidental spill. This is why the accuracy of this test is highly considered in the industry.

Pendulum testing is not expensive

Some of the lab testing methods or slip testing methods are cumbersome, involve the use of heavy machinery, and can be costly when compared to pendulum testing. With this method, the pendulum can be carried and operated by a single individual. It means that several areas of your building can be tested without affecting the normal flow of foot traffic. This means that your work will not be affected. And the simplicity of the whole methods eventually works out into a simple and less costly method of testing your floor – this is why you can easily afford to have it done regularly.

Call us now and we shall come and perform pendulum testing on your floors and make sure that your floors are safe for all.

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What is the pendulum test

Many people have heard of the Pendulum Test, but do not know what it is. For contractors, architects and other building expert, this is a test that is only known to well. However, the pendulum test is actually a way of measuring the slipperiness of any floor.

Yes, most of the floors that you walk upon when you are at the mall, at your train station, or any office building have to be tested for slipperiness. This was found to be necessary after many people feel and got serious injuries that left them with huge hospital bills and some could not even go back to work due to the injuries. The law then deems the owner, contractors, manager and others liable for the injuries caused and offers high compensation to the victims.

With slip testing, or using the pendulum test, both the people owning or managing buildings, and innocent passers are protected from any harm. The pendulum test is done in a manner that allows the machine to detect how slippery a floor is. If it passes the test, then the floor is deemed to be safe for foot traffic. If it is not safe, then something must be done to ensure that the floor does not cause any injury or subsequent lawsuits.

Not many people know this, but a pendulum test is one of the best ways of telling how slippery a floor is. It is done on the site and therefore mimics the actual motions that passing foot traffic would have. There are other tests, which are done in the lab, but their results are according to lab results.

When people have to go through litigation for an injury, the pendulum test is relied upon as the nearest to the norm. Any of the parties can ask for an expert opinion on a pendulum test. The building owner might want to prove that the floor was safe, or the victim may try to prove the floor was not. Any pendulum test results done in the past will also be important in this case.

The pendulum test involves using a boot which is then pushed across and the results from the pendulum show just how slippery a floor was. Oddly enough, the test was first developed to test the slipperiness of roads just go avoid accidents. Now it is being used to test just how slippery any floor is.

The pendulum test can be dome on any floor. It is not restricted to office floors or those of big malls. For your own safety, if you have slippery floors at hose, you should have the pendulum test done, so you are sure that you and your family are safe. There are several remedies that can be done to ensure that floors are safe, but these are best applied after the test has been done. Call us now and we shall give you the best pendulum test interpretation, and then give you recommendations should you need to change the slipperiness of your floors.

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Skid Testing

When you walk into a new mall, or a large condominium building, you are amazed by the genius of the architect who did the job. You gape with wonder at the tall arches of the building, the shiny shops, and the shiny floor as well.

Even as you wonder about the ingenious of the Architect or contractor, have you ever thought about the effort that is put into ensuring that the shiny floor that you are walking on is safe for you? There are professionals who provide skid testing services to ensure that your floors are safe, and that you can walk without fear of tripping over and having a bad accident.

Skid testing is a science where specialized instruments are used to ensure that the floors that you walk on are safe for you. You may have heard of the debilitating pain that skid accidents can cause to an individual. You may also have heard of the huge punitive fines and compensation that is paid to victims of these accidents.

It is for these reasons that skid testing has to be done.

What methods are used for skid testing?

The moist common is the Pendulum Test, which is thought to give the most accurate results. The pendulum is left to slide across a floor as the boot is in contact with the floor. The boot will then measure just how slippery the floor is.

How are skid test results implemented?

When the floor is found to be safe, then the technician performing the skid testing will give a report and declare the floor safe. However, if the floor is not safe, then the expert will give recommendations that will ensure that the floors are safe once more.

There are several methods that can be used for changing the slipperiness of a floor. Some of them will involve the use of chemicals, while others may be a bit more invasive than that. The expert may ask for a floor to be replaced, or an abrasive used on the surface to make it less slippery.

All in all, skid testing is done so that people can walk innocently across floors without having to worry about taking a nasty spill. It is still possible to find some floors that have not been given the proper treatment, and this puts all people at risk. Should you ever know of such a floor, advice the management and tell them about the benefits of skid testing.

There are several companies involved in skid testing, but we have a lot of experience in the matters and will offer you the best results. We can take samples of your flooring material to the lab or work on it right from the site. We have a number of tests, and can perform all of them should you need in-depth results. Remember that skid testing is done for the safety of people walking on the floors of your building, and also protects you from a very expensive lawsuit.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

HSE slip testing – London – slip testing custom cases

Here at Slip Testing UK, we have developed our own custom made cases for our slip testing equipment.

Whilst our UK slip testing head office is based in London, our custom built carry cases for the pendulum slip resistance equipment allows us to carry out HSE slip resistance tests throughout The UK and even Internationally.

The slip resistance equipment is extremely fragile and needs to be maintained to the highest of standards to ensure that test results are accurate. Our custom slip test case is extremely durable on the outside with hard plastic panels, however the inside is custom cut-out foam that is perfectly moulded to the slip testing equipment. This allows out HSE slip testing engineers to travel with the equipment in the knowledge that the pendulum slip tester will be in perfect condition when they arrive on site to conduct the test.

To contact our London head office about your slip testing / pendulum slip resistance enquiries then please call 0208 2465562 or use the online enquiry form here.

Below is a photograph of our custom made slip resistance protective case.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

Laboratory slip testing to HSE and BS / EN Standards

Here at Surface Performance Ltd we have a fully climate controlled (temperature & humidity) state of the art slip testing laboratory. Laboratory pendulum slip testing is undertaken by our qualified technicians to varying standards such as; HSE slip resistance testing, BS EN 13036-4 (road and airfield surface characteristics), sports governing body slip testing standards and many more.

All of our slip testing equipment is fully calibrated and maintained to the highest standards to ensure that we deliver a fully comprehensive and professional pendulum slip testing laboratory service.

 

We also carry out pendulum slip testing on site throughout The UK. Our slip test head office is located in London, however we have qualified technicians located throughout the country offering a competitive on site slip testing service.

 

Below is a photograph of our slip testing laboratory based in London.

Slip resistance testing of a flooring product in the Surface Performance Ltd laboratory.

Slip resistance testing of a flooring product in the Surface Performance Ltd laboratory.