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Understanding slip resistance test

People have heard of slip resistance testing, but they know very little about it. Many just know that it is a test that is done to check how slippery a floor is, but do they really know why this test is so important? Here you will get a better understanding of what slip resistance testing is and why it is very important.

Simply put

IN simple terms, slip resistance testing is the science of testing the coefficient of friction, or the resistance to slippage. The test is done on floors in various environments. Testing can be done in the lab or can be done on site.

Why it is important

This is a test that is important to people who own or manage buildings, especially if there has been an incident of a fall, or a near-fall. The owners are liable if the floor is found to be slippery and face litigation costs that can be astronomically high.

The other reason why a test is desired is because the falls can cause permanent damage to the victim. Compensation or no compensation, it is important that everyone who comes into a premise is safe at all times, so the owners have to make sure that their floors are safe at all times.

Methods of slip resistance testing

  • There are several methods of undertaking slip resistance testing and the most preferred are those that are done at the site. This is because they represent the real factors that affect the floor at that time. The Tortus test is used to test the floor when dry and involves the use of a slow machine with a rubber bottom which measures the friction of the dry floor.
  • The wet Pendulum test is used to test the floor when wet, where water is sprayed on a floor and the pendulum shoved across the floor. The boot will move the pendulum and give a reading on the friction of the floor.
  • The two methods above are done on the site, but there are also lab tests which are used to test flooring materials before they are installed. These are not very common to the public, since they are carried out mainly in the production phase of the design and manufacture of the flooring material. Nevertheless, the lab tests are also very important.

Knowing how to choose a slip resistance testing company is just as important as knowing what slip resistance is all about. The company you choose must be accredited by an accreditation organization. This will prove that they have met all national and government standards when it comes to testing floors for slipperiness.

You need to know about slip testing, its importance and also how to get a company that will do the job, and do it right. Call us now and we shall be happy to give you more information on slip resistance testing, its importance and then let us do the test for you.

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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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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.

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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