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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.

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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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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.