Tile / flooring slip resistance independent testing (HSE pendulum slip testing)

Surface Performance offer a full laboratory slip testing services to manufacturers of tiles and other surfacing products.

Tiles can be tested for slip resistance in the Surface Performance Ltd accredited laboratory in order to ascertain their slip resistance performance values. Slip testing is performed in both dry and wet conditions in three slip test pendulum swing directions. The test results are then used to produce a slip resistance test report specifically for your tile or surfacing product that demonstrates that the product meets HSE guidelines.

The process is very simple, a small sample of the tile should be delivered to our pendulum slip testing laboratory and clearly identified with your company name. After the tile is booked into the laboratory then one of our qualified slip testing engineers will perform the pendulum slip test to the tile in our temperature and humidity controlled area. A test report will then be issued and we will also be happy to discuss slip testing results for tiles over the telephone should you require further advice.

Slip resistance testing performed in the laboratory to samples of bathroom flooring tiles.

Slip resistance testing performed in the laboratory to samples of bathroom flooring tiles.

If you would like to book a tile into our laboratory for slip resistance testing then please contact us and we will be happy to help. The Surface Performance laboratory phone number is 0208 2465562.





Road and Pavement Slip Resistance Testing (pendulum slip testing)

Surface Performance Ltd perform slip resistance testing to roads, pavements and highways throughout the United Kingdom.

Pendulum slip testing is performed on motorways, highways and roads in order to determine that they are fit for purpose and safe for users. We also offer a slip resistance expert witness service in the unfortunate event that an accident has occurred on a walkway or road due to poor surfacing conditions.

Slip testing is a cost effective and scientifically efficient method of determining surface safety. The test method used can either be “The UK slip resistance guidelines”, or BS 7976.

Slip resistance pendulum testing being performed to a road junction in London, UK.

Slip resistance pendulum testing being performed to a road junction in London, UK.

Surface Performance Ltd offer road and highways slip resistance testing throughout The UK. We also offer a laboratory testing service from our accredited facility in London, UK.

Pendulum slip testing can be carried out in Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Durham and Crewe. Our technicians also offer slip resistance testing services in London, Leicester, Loughborough, Newcastle and Exeter.

If you require any further information about slip resistance testing that is not available on www.slip-testing.com then please contact us.

Airport Slip Resistance Testing (pendulum testing)

Surface Performance Ltd have just completed the slip resistance pendulum testing of the hangar flooring at Gatwick International Airport.

Testing was completed as part of Gatwick’s ongoing risk management policies.

For more information on slip resistance testing and pendulum slip testing please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Pendulum slip testing performed at Gatwick Airport.

Pendulum slip testing performed at Gatwick Airport.


Supermarket flooring slip resistance testing (Pendulum slip testing)

Surface Performance – The Slip Testing Company have recently completed the slip testing assessment to a large supermarket chain in The UK.

Testing was carried out by the supermarket chain operators as part of their due diligence and risk assessment policies using the pendulum slip tester in accordance with HSE guidelines.

For information on slip resistance testing (PTV) please contact our London head office on 02082465562 and we will be happy to help.

Slip resistance testing performed for a major UK supermarket chain

Slip resistance testing performed for a major UK supermarket chain


We offer slip resistance and pendulum slip testing in accordance with HSE guidelines throughout The UK. Slip resistance expert witness services are offered from our head office in London. However we also have pendulum slip testing technicians located in Hampshire, Southampton, Hastings and Portsmouth.

Surface Performance have specialist slip testing technicians located throughout Scotland and offer a comprehensive skid resistance service in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston, Sterling and Aberdeen.

Please contact us for more information.


The future of slip testing

Slip testing standards differ from one country to another, but there are certain standards that seem to be congruous to all affected countries. Slip testing is mainly done on flooring and flooring products, under various types of conditions. However, some industry insiders think that more needs to be done to increase safety against slip accidents especially at work.

The hospital industry, for example, has insisted that all workers wear a special kind of shoe that is resistant to slips, even if there are spills on the floor. What of the restaurant industry, and others? Slip testing officials feel that there is need for standardization of workplace footwear, to reduce slip and fall accidents especially amongst employees.

Other issues arise such as standardization of the quality of the flooring materials across all countries. Although this may be a bit embellished, they do raise an important issue. Imported flooring material should be properly tested according to the standards of the destination country. If it is tested to lower standards, then slip and fall accidents may happen when the new building is put up and used for a while.

The standards of the slip resistance test are governed by the resident country, but there should be an international standard that should be adhered to by all nations that are signatory to such a standard or organization.

This may be a big ask at the moment, but it is important that all slip resistance experts do see a way of standardizing slip resistance test requirements.

Today, most will use other materials to make up for any differences in these standards. Some will insist that imported floors are subjected to treatments to improve the friction, or certain mates are placed on the floors to stop slippage. This is an extra cost to the owner of the building, and if the floors were imported to certain international standards, such costs would not be necessary.

The whole issue of a global slip resistance test standard may seem like a fairy tale, but probably all international organizations started off in the same way. It just requires that the experts and public do their due diligence and come up with standards that are equal all over the world.

If you are a slip resistance testing expert, then this is something that you should mull over, even as you go about your work. Discuss it with other experts and see if there is a way to start such an organization. Petition the government and national standards body and ask for deliberations to be made for international standards that are similar all over the world.

If you are a member of the public, do give your input and see how much your opinion matters. If you want more information on slip resistance test standards, kindly do give us a call, and our team will be ready to explain them to you, and why they are very important to public health and safety.