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More about slip testing

Whenever people hear about slip testing, they immediately think of the wet pendulum test. This is because it is one of the easiest and most accurate testing methods. However, there are many other ways in which slip testing is done and we are going to look at some of them for today.

Dry FFT Slip Resistance test

This machine is designed in a way that it will measure the slip resistance of a floor in dry conditions. Remember that the pendulum test is done when the floor is wet. This machine is called the Tortus and is got that name because it moves slowly over the floor just like a tortoise. The machine has a rubber slider below it and this measures the level of friction as the machine moves across the surface of the floor.

Wet Barefoot incline platform test.

This is a test that is done under controlled conditions. The nature of the test is not to test how the floor reacts to bare feet when wet, but how the wet bare feet react to the floor. Consider the floor of a spa or a swimming pool. Your feet have been in the water and the skin is fully damp. How will this affect the slipperiness of the floor? This is what the test is about. The tester puts feet in water for a while, and then walks on dry material that is in an incline.

Oil Wet Ramp resistance testing

This is a slip testing method that is used to determine slanted ramps that may be wet. This is important for flooring that is used for industrial settings and also kitchens. The tester is hooked up to a harness and then made to walk across the material as it is being inclined, just like a ramp would. This will give the R-rating of the material, which means that ramps should not be inclined beyond a certain angle when that particular material is used.

Wet Pendulum slip testing

Well, the topic would not be complete without us mentioning the most popular method, would it? The wet pendulum slip test method involves spraying water on a floor, and then pushing the pendulum across. The boot will measure how much friction there is and the results are interpreted on-site. This has been accredited as one of the safest, easiest and most accurate slip testing method.

WE are accredited in performing all these slip resistance methods and this means that we are the perfect slip testing company for you. You can always rely on our expertise to give you the best slip testing results within the industry. Our reputation precedes us and many will tell you that you are choosing the best company that there is.

So call us right away and let our technicians give you the best slip testing that you can get. We are ready to come out right away and do the test within a short period to avoid any inconvenience to your business.

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Introducing our slip test services

Slip testing is an important of any construction process and has to be done on a regular basis to ensure that floors are safe at all times. However, the slip test services are not just about getting equipment to your site and measuring how slippery a floor is. We follow a structured process that ensures that the tests follow the law and that the floors are TRULY safe for all people who walk upon them. Here are some of the services that we provide.

Unbiased assessment

We want you to become one of our esteemed customers, but you have to understand that out slip test result will be completely unbiased. If we give a result that somehow favors our customers, then we are also liable in any negligence claims made against us. Thos this end, we maintain professionalism and make sure that our results and interpretation are beyond reproach.

Full Consultation

WE are a company that follows a holistic approach to slip test methods. We will not just come over and measure how slippery the floors are, give you our recommendations and then leave you to your means. We look at all and any issues that may affect the slipperiness of your floor. Maybe it might be a simple design flaw with your staircases, which you can easily amend. We shall advice you accordingly. If we do find that your floors are slippery, we will work with you to ensure that you follow our recommendations in a professional manner and then test once more to prove that the floors are now truly safe.

Legal help

Today, people will sue you if they simply bump their toe on your staircase. For this reason, we offer professional legal slip test interpretation, in any case of a legal suit being started against you. People are ready to use the courts just to get a quick buck, and we offer our services should you need us. Once again, we will maintain our independence. That is why you need our services, since we will always back up any information that we have professionally reported about the safety of your floors.

We are your guys

WE have several years in the industry and have the requisite knowledge and experience to perform professional slip testing on your floors. We always follow the law to the letter when we carry out our slip test methods. We know when a floor is safe and when it contravenes the laid down standards. Based on our reputation, we are truly your guys and would love to work with you.

Call us now and get our floors tested for slipperiness. Our slip test technicians are waiting to come to you premises and carry out the tests that you need to ensure that your floors are safe and you are not liable should any accident happen. You need to know that the people in your building are safe and that you have the proper peace of mind should anyone think of dragging you in front of a judge.

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All about the slip resistance test

The skip resistance test process is one that filled with mystery for many people, including some professionals in the construction and architectural design industries. The slip resistance test is done in many stages by companies that design and install flooring. So where does it all start?

Slip resistance test in the lab

This is usually done under controlled conditions in the lab. A manufacturer of flooring materials will provide sample of the floors, in the form of slabs or tiles, and these will be tested in the lab. The tilting test is the one done most in the lab. The lab materials are put on a tilting surface, and technicians wearing a harness are asked to walk comfortably on the floor. The flooring goes on tilting until the technician slips off. The harness protects him from getting injured. The material is then given a rating and then shipped to the contractor for installation.

Slip resistance test on-site

It is understandable that flooring materials may have a certain rating when they get out of the lab which will make them safe when they are installed. But how safe will they be once thousands of feet walk upon the same material? This is why slip resistance testing has to done at the site after a while. The people passing may wear out the floor and lead it to become slippery.

There are several tests that can be done on site but the most common is the pendulum test (wet). In this case, the pendulum is pushed across a wet floor and the result is interpreted to show whether the floor is slippery or not. This is great because it gives the results as they are in real life.

So why is slip resistance required?

At the start, we said that the testing is a mystery to most, so here are two of the most compelling reasons why this test is necessary?

  • Safety for all foot traffic – this is one of the most important reasons. Slipping and falling on hard floors in malls and other buildings cause terrible injuries. These injuries affect the life of the victim, with some ending up not being able to be productive in life again. You need to make sure that your building is safe for the people who walk across the floors within it.
  • Reduce legal risks – this is another reason why you should consider slip resistance testing on your floors. The law is very tough on people who are negligent and do not test the slipperiness of their floors. If someone gets a very bad injury, and cannot work for the rest of his or her life, you will pay a compensation that could drive you out of business.

Since you now understand why slip resistance is necessary, call us now and we shall be glad to give you all the help you need. Our technicians are ready to come to you within a short time and perform the tests without interrupting normal business within the building.

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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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Slip Resistance Testing and who it is designed for

Introduction

Not many people are aware of the term slip resistance testing. It is a term that should resonate with building managers, architects, contractors and cleaning companies. This testing is very important since it can lead to serious injury to innocent people walking on slippery floors. This test is also crucial for areas where oils and other lubricants can be found, such as restaurants kitchens and industrial facilities. Here we look at what skid resistance testing is, and who is to benefit or be aware about it.

Why should floors be tested for slipperiness?

It is important that you prove due diligence in order to avoid costly litigation should a slip accident happen on your premises. You have to show the court that you took every possible measure to ensure that the public areas and workplaces were safe, before you let people walk on these floors.

In most countries, the laws are quite clear as to who is liable when an accident happens. Firms have the duty to make sure that the workers and customers walking on their floors are safe at all times, in as far as is possible. Should the firm be found to have been negligent, then it can lead to civil or criminal liability litigation.

The first thing that a firm should do is conduct a slip resistance test on their floors to show compliance with the safety requirements. Should the floors fail the test, then certain measures will have to be implemented in order to bring the safety standards back to the required range.

Should a company or firm have untested floors within their premises, or have no risk assessment done, then that firm or company is being negligent and risks a heavy penalty in the case of a slip accident suit being files against them.

We provide slip resistance tests throughout the United Kingdom and Europe for all premises and industries. We also conduct safety and health consultancy and do risk assessments for any slippery surface.

Who is the main target in slip resistance testing?

Group 1 – The first group of people who are liable when it comes to slip resistance testing are architects, specifies and installers. Are they specifying a safe floor covering? How does it perform when slip resistance testing is done? Will the floor lead to any slip accidents happening on the premises and leave the owners in a legal suit?

There are times when a manufacturer will talk about great tiles with great properties. As an architect, specifier or installer, you need to know that the tile will meet the required specification for slip resistance. The only way to ascertain this is to ignore the manufacturers claim and perform an independent slip resistance test. This is where we come in; we provide independent slip resistance testing so you get to know that the floor will be safe after it is installed. This makes sure that you hand over a safe project to your client, and do not end up being liable in any accidents claims.

Group 2 – The next group of people who are liable in slip resistance accident claims are property owners and managers. When a slip accident happens within a facility or property, the managers find themselves facing hefty claims from the accident victims.

The safety and health management laws in most countries state that the property and facility managers should test their floors and carry out a risk assessment to avoid such accidents on the premises.

In order to determine whether a floor is safe or not, the managers and owners of facilities and premises should carry out slip resistance testing and ensure that a surface is compliant or not. If it is not compliant, then measures should be taken to rectify this. Anybody owning or managing a commercial property, where a floor has been installed, refurbished or has been used for a long time should have slip resistance testing performed on a regular basis.

In the event of a slip accident happening, the results and documentation of such tests are important in defending against a legal claim being lodged in court. It proves that the accident was not due to negligence on the part of the owner or manager of the premise.

Group 3 – The third group that finds itself in the crosshairs of legal suits is the contact cleaners. These ones are usually surprised when they are served with papers adding them to defendants in a slip accident claim.

The main issue is whether the contract cleaners is taking on a new floor before signing a cleaning contracts and whether the floor is kept in a finish a cleanliness state that promotes safety for people walking on it.

For example, consider that the contract cleaner took on a floor that was previously compliant to safety standards, and then later an accident happening and the floor was found not to be complaint. The managers or owners of the building will claim to have handed over a compliant floor, and poor cleaning has eroded this leading to the floor becoming non-compliant. This means the contract cleaner is liable.

Contract cleaners should insist on a slip resistance test being done before signing a cleaning contract, and then do periodic tests to ensure that the floor remains compliant.

Why should floors and other surfaces be tested regularly?

The owner or manager of a work environment or public space is responsible for the safety of the people within the environment. They should ensure that the places are risk free. Consider a situation where an employee spills a liter of oil on the floor and does not clean it up right away. He does not even ensure that the place is marked off and people warned not to walk on the floor where the spill has occurred. If any other person, whether an employee or customers falls when walking across that area, then the employee is found to be negligent and liable. This person may end up being sued, sacked or taken to court for criminal negligence. The same case occurs when it comes to owners and facility managers.  They should make sure that their floors are safe, and any areas found to be unsafe, clearly marked or the floor changed with appropriate measures.

Knowledge is one of the most important factors when it comes to avoiding slip and fall accidents at any premise or facility. The first step is to know whether your floors are slippery and potentially dangerous or not. If you do find that the floors are not compliant to the required standards, then you should take the required stapes to ensure that the dangers are minimized. Then you should test regularly to make sure that the new standard is maintained.

This brings us to the primary reason for carrying out slip resistance testing – It is to ensure that all floor surfaces have enough traction levels to enable normal, accident-free use. If a worker or member of the public falls on your floors and you have not done any slip resistance testing, then you leave yourself open to costly litigation.

What type of flooring surfaces should be tested?

Mostly, any floors that have slippery surfaces should be tested regularly. Testing is also done on bath and shower material in hotels and other public cloak areas. Even a surface that is thought to be non-slip, such as wood, should be tested after it has been used for a long time, since there may be contaminants that affect the traction. Shower trays and bathrooms are usually treated with chemicals surfacing products which do not later the look of the bathroom, but increase the traction and friction, thereby making them safe for use.

The most risky floors are listed below. However, note that this list is not exhaustive, so you should contact us to get more information if your material is not listed here.

  • Granite
  • Porcelain
  • Slate
  • Ceramic Natural stone, Marble
  • Clay pavers
  • Cement
  • Timber
  • Concrete paving and flags
  • PCV and flexible materials
  • Resin
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic

 

How are these surfaces tested?

The pendulum slip resistance test is the primary and most accurate method of testing such floors. It has the best traction properties and gives the results near the natural conditions and environment of the floor.

The pendulum test is the one used the most in UK and Europe. The pendulum best imitates the action of a foot walking and would give the best results for when the foot begins to slip. The beauty of this test is that it can be performed in a laboratory and also on site. There are certain standards that every surface has to adhere to, and these are best found using the pendulum test.

Actually, when litigation is taken to court, it is the pendulum test that is used and upheld in court. If you have tested your floors using any other methods, then the results will not stand in court and you might be found to be negligent.

Expert consultation, sophisticated roughness and surface profile analysis, expert witness in legal cases are all use to support slip resistance tests. Designers, manufacturers, contractors, distributors, installers and manufacturers all have a duty to care about the flooring materials that they use and propose. All the floors should be found to be “Fit for porpoise” and are risk free from the people who will be using the floors. The slip resistance of a floor is very important and the tests should be done regularly. There are laws that stipulate that all floors should be dry and free from lubricants before they are used. Slip resistance is done in these conditions to see what would happen should the floor be wet or oily.

How do you get slip resistance testing done on your premises?

We offer our slip resistance testing service to a wide range of industries. For a small one-time fee, we will test the floor surfaces in your premise, and then give you a detailed report. This report will be evidence that you have performed your due diligence to make sure that the public or workers in the premise are safe.

 

We are a leading provider of slip resistance testing all over the United Kingdom and Europe. We provide the Tortus Test and the Pendulum Test. We also give a full range of onsite consultancy service wall targeted at slip and skid matters. We test floors and surface at the site in order to identify a large number of important factors that will not be seen in the lab.

The factors considered can influence the slip resistance of flooring materials, even those that had passed the test within a lab. Factors include maintenance, cleaning regimes, wearing and weathering of the floor surface, substrate integrity, searching for presence of sealants that may affect friction, trafficking patterns and a lot more.

In conclusion

Skid resistance testing is crucial for any building owner, manager, architect, specifier, installer and any other party that may be found liable if an accident happens. It is your cumulative duty to ensure that these materials are found to be safe for use by anybody walking on them. It is your duty to ensure the safety of innocents by conducting slip resistance testing on all these floors. Do take time to contact us and see how we can perform these tests in the lab and on the site so you are free and safe from litigation, and the people walking on the floors are properly protected from slip and fall accidents.