Micro-roughness measurements and the implications in slip testing

Not many people understand the terms micro-roughness for the floor and how it affects the slippery nature of the surface. Is it possible to use this factor as an indicator of the slip resistance of the floor? According to several experts, the roughness measurement of a floor should not be used for slip testing by itself.

Some years ago, after people started knowing that wet flooring would sometimes give lower slip resistance values with some instruments and not others, the concept of micro-roughness was born. It was thought that this alone would be a quick way of getting to know the slip resistance of a floor. Read more


To Slip Test or not to Slip Test

There are many tasks that business owners must attend to when they are setting up their businesses to become profitable operations. One of the issues that they should bear in mind is the safety of all those who enter the business premises. Business owners, by law, are responsible for the safety of all their employees and customers, and most workplace accidents are caused by slips and falls. Cutting corners would be very expensive, especially when it comes to preventing slips and falls, and business owners should ensure that they have slip testing done on the materials that they lay down on the floors. Slip resistance testing is a prerequisite before opening business, so every individual who walks in can be safe from slipping and falling. Read more


The Top Tips to Preventing Slips and Falls

If after slip resistance testing you find that your floor is safe, you can further enhance this safety by including some of the tips listed here in your business.

  • Use appropriate shoes – ask all your employees to wear shoes that have high friction soles, preferably rubber. If they are working in an environment that may have water or slippery liquids, rubber-soled shoes can help them prevent slips.
  • Grind or etch concrete that is smooth – although concrete is not normally slippery, a floor with very smooth concrete should be ground, or chemically etched.

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Slip testing in unlikely public areas

When people think of slip testing, they think of it being done within the premises of a solitary business, or other small walking area. However, there is the need to protect the general public from slip and fall accidents. This means conducting slip resistance testing in parking lots, hospitals, and other areas frequented by the public, but not really considered as high-risk when it comes to slip and fall accidents. It is quite common for malls to be held liable for such accidents, but places like hospitals should also conduct these tests. Read more