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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.

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.

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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