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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.

Pendulum Slip Resistance Testing Information For New Testers

Understanding Slip Resistance Testing

Slip resistance testing is still a new topic to most people. People do not know that they walk upon floors that have undergone several tests to make sure that they are safe for them to walk upon. In this article, you will get t see the different slip resistance tests that are commonly used to ensure that floors are safe for pedestrians.

The types of slip resistance tests:

  • Wet pendulum slip resistance test
  • Dry floor friction slip resistance test
  • Wet barefoot slip resistance test
  • Oil wet ramp slip resistance test

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Pendulum Slip Testing – Qualified Engineers & Technicians

Pendulum slip resistance testing - qualified company in London

Pendulum slip resistance testing – qualified company in London

Surface Performance technicians recently participated in a pendulum slip testing training course provided by Munro in London.

Our slip test technicians are always trained in full and hold a huge amount of knowledge about slip resistance testing. We carry out pendulum slip resistance testing and micro roughness assessments throughout London and the UK.

 

 

We carry out slip testing throughout London and the Home Counties. Pendulum slip testing can be carried out in Putney, Wandsworth, Brixton and Clapham. We can also carry out slip resistance testing in cities in the South East such as slip testing in Brighton, Sussex, Weybridge and slip tests in Guildford. Although our head office for pendulum slip testing is located in London, we also have slip resistance technicians located throughout The UK in cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Loughborough & Nottingham.

If you would like a free quotation for pendulum slip resistance testing in London or elsewhere in The UK then please contact us using our online slip testing form. Alternatively you can call our slip testing head office on 0208 2465562.
We perform pendulum slip testing and flooring assessments in Scotland – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness / skid testing in North East England – Middlesborough, South Shields, Newcastle, Stockton on Tees, Darlington / Floor slip pendulum Testing in North West England – Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Runcorn, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn Bury, Bolton, Warrington, Widnes, St.Helens (Cheshire) Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Crewe, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford Park. Rochdale, Congleton, Sandbach Macclesfield, /Slippery floor testing and slip resistance tests in Wales in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Colwyn, Rhyl, Bangor / Pendulum Slip Tests in Northern Central England – Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford (Yorkshire), Rotherham, Wakefield, / Slip Resistance Tests and micro roughness checks in East England in Hull, Humberside and Lincoln / BS7976-2 Pendulum Tests in the Midlands in– Nottingham, Derby, Rugby, Stoke, Stafford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, / Slip Resistance Flooring Tests in Central England – Northampton, Rugby, Derby, Oxford, Cambridge, Peterborough / HSE Approved Floor Testing in London and Home Counties – Watford, Milton Keynes, St.Albans, Cambridge, Newbury, Reading, Andover, Heathrow / Pendulum Floor Tests in South England – Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Isle of Man / Floor Friction Tests in South West England – Swindon, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth, Exeter, Falmouth, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Warwick / Cheap Floor Tests in South East England – Dover, Margate, Rochester, Folkestone, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells