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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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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.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

HSE slip testing – London – slip testing custom cases

Here at Slip Testing UK, we have developed our own custom made cases for our slip testing equipment.

Whilst our UK slip testing head office is based in London, our custom built carry cases for the pendulum slip resistance equipment allows us to carry out HSE slip resistance tests throughout The UK and even Internationally.

The slip resistance equipment is extremely fragile and needs to be maintained to the highest of standards to ensure that test results are accurate. Our custom slip test case is extremely durable on the outside with hard plastic panels, however the inside is custom cut-out foam that is perfectly moulded to the slip testing equipment. This allows out HSE slip testing engineers to travel with the equipment in the knowledge that the pendulum slip tester will be in perfect condition when they arrive on site to conduct the test.

To contact our London head office about your slip testing / pendulum slip resistance enquiries then please call 0208 2465562 or use the online enquiry form here.

Below is a photograph of our custom made slip resistance protective case.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

Custom made HSE slip resistance protective case. Here at Surface Performance Ltd we carry out HSE slip testing throughout London and The UK.

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Contain contamination to avoid slip and fall mishaps (part-ii)

When trying to avoid contamination from causing slip, trip and fall accidents, external factors such as impact of weather cannot be ignored. Skid resistance testing in London and across UK helps all the premises owners in securing anti slip ratings. UK slip resistance group has been helping people via independent slip testing services in achieving anti slip ratings to keep their premises safe for all kinds of visitors.. Read more