Pendulum Slip Testing – Boats and Cruise Ships

Surface Performance are frequently asked to carry out pendulum slip tests for the nautical industry. Slip testing is widely used in various areas, for example:

  • Pendulum slip testing a marina jetty / marina platforms.
  • Slip resistance testing of decking installed at marinas or lifeboat stations.
  • Slip resistance testing on board larger vessels or cruise ships.
  • Slip testing to ferry terminal walkways.

A recent application was the pendulum slip testing of a bar area on board a large cruise ship. The testing was instructed by a solicitors firm who were acting on behalf of their client who slipped whilst on holiday in the bar area. Through our specialist pendulum slip testing services we are able to ascertain if the flooring was within HSE  pendulum slip testing requirements.

If you require advice or assistance regarding pendulum slip resistance testing then please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Pendulum slip testing being carried out to a bar area in dry and wet conditions on board a cruise ship.

Pendulum slip testing being carried out to a bar area in dry and wet conditions on board a cruise ship.

Warehouse – slip resistance testing to warehouse flooring

Pendulum slip resistance testing should be carried out to warehouse and factory floors in order to determine that the risk of slip accidents in marginal. Slip resistance testing is carried out in accordance with HSE guidelines for slip testing and will determine if the factory floor has a low, medium or high slip potential.

Surface Performance Ltd recently carried out the slip resistance testing Amazon warehouses in both England and Scotland.

If you would like to arrange a slip test to a warehouse, factory or office flooring surface then please contact us and we will be happy to assist. Our slip resistance technicians operate throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.



HSE pendulum slip testing in schools and universities

A pendulum slip resistance test being carried out at a school in London by Surface Performance Ltd.

A pendulum slip resistance test being carried out at a school in London by Surface Performance Ltd.

Surface Performance Ltd carry out pendulum slip resistance testing at schools and universities throughout The UK. Testing is carried out in accordance with The HSE guidelines for slip resistance and ascertains if the surfacing is safe for use through a low / medium / high risk classification.

Slip testing at schools is important in order to ensure that children are safe in areas such as corridors, playgrounds and other sports areas. Slip testing takes around two hours to complete and the school is then sent a formal PDF slip resistance test report.

For further information about slip resistance testing and pendulum slip testing in schools then please contact us.


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.