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Slip Resistance Testing of Walkways and Bridges

Pendulum slip resistance testing is carried out to the surfacing installed on pedestrian walkways. Testing is carried out in accordance with HSE guidelines for slip resistance and is performed in both dry and wet conditions.

Surface Performance recently carried out pendulum slip testing to a footbridge in London, however we also offer slip resistance testing services in locations such as Bedford, Bradford, Glasgow, Liverpool and Newcastle.

For slip test information or if you would like a pendulum slip resistance quotation for either a laboratory on on site test then please contact one of our slip resistance engineers by emailing info@surfaceperformance.com and we will be happy to assist.

Slip testing being carried out to a pedestrian footbridge in London using the pendulum slip tester (Munro).

Slip testing being carried out to a pedestrian footbridge in London using the pendulum slip tester (Munro).

Slip Testing of Access Ramps and Disabled Ramps

Surface Performance Ltd are experts in the slip analysis and pendulum slip testing of disable ramps and building access ramps.

Our slip testing laboratory in London are able to test and certify your products prior to them being installed on site. Our research and development team are able to advise you on slip resistance guidelines and help to develop your products from start to finish.

Testing is carried out to assess the slip resistance qualities of disabled ramps to ensure that they are fit for purpose prior to final installation.

We also offer an on site ramp slip resistance service throughout The UK in locations such as Chichester, Brighton, Cranleigh, Durham, Liverpool and London.

If you require help with your products pendulum slip resistance performance then please contact us and our slip testing engineers will be pleased to help.

UK Slip Resistance Guidelines

 

Slip Resistance Testing - an access ramp being tested by Surface Performance Ltd

Slip Resistance Testing – an access ramp being tested by Surface Performance Ltd

 

Road and Pavement Slip Resistance Testing (pendulum slip testing)

Surface Performance Ltd perform slip resistance testing to roads, pavements and highways throughout the United Kingdom.

Pendulum slip testing is performed on motorways, highways and roads in order to determine that they are fit for purpose and safe for users. We also offer a slip resistance expert witness service in the unfortunate event that an accident has occurred on a walkway or road due to poor surfacing conditions.

Slip testing is a cost effective and scientifically efficient method of determining surface safety. The test method used can either be “The UK slip resistance guidelines”, or BS 7976.

Slip resistance pendulum testing being performed to a road junction in London, UK.

Slip resistance pendulum testing being performed to a road junction in London, UK.

Surface Performance Ltd offer road and highways slip resistance testing throughout The UK. We also offer a laboratory testing service from our accredited facility in London, UK.

Pendulum slip testing can be carried out in Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Durham and Crewe. Our technicians also offer slip resistance testing services in London, Leicester, Loughborough, Newcastle and Exeter.

If you require any further information about slip resistance testing that is not available on www.slip-testing.com 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.

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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.