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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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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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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.

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Skid Testing

When you walk into a new mall, or a large condominium building, you are amazed by the genius of the architect who did the job. You gape with wonder at the tall arches of the building, the shiny shops, and the shiny floor as well.

Even as you wonder about the ingenious of the Architect or contractor, have you ever thought about the effort that is put into ensuring that the shiny floor that you are walking on is safe for you? There are professionals who provide skid testing services to ensure that your floors are safe, and that you can walk without fear of tripping over and having a bad accident.

Skid testing is a science where specialized instruments are used to ensure that the floors that you walk on are safe for you. You may have heard of the debilitating pain that skid accidents can cause to an individual. You may also have heard of the huge punitive fines and compensation that is paid to victims of these accidents.

It is for these reasons that skid testing has to be done.

What methods are used for skid testing?

The moist common is the Pendulum Test, which is thought to give the most accurate results. The pendulum is left to slide across a floor as the boot is in contact with the floor. The boot will then measure just how slippery the floor is.

How are skid test results implemented?

When the floor is found to be safe, then the technician performing the skid testing will give a report and declare the floor safe. However, if the floor is not safe, then the expert will give recommendations that will ensure that the floors are safe once more.

There are several methods that can be used for changing the slipperiness of a floor. Some of them will involve the use of chemicals, while others may be a bit more invasive than that. The expert may ask for a floor to be replaced, or an abrasive used on the surface to make it less slippery.

All in all, skid testing is done so that people can walk innocently across floors without having to worry about taking a nasty spill. It is still possible to find some floors that have not been given the proper treatment, and this puts all people at risk. Should you ever know of such a floor, advice the management and tell them about the benefits of skid testing.

There are several companies involved in skid testing, but we have a lot of experience in the matters and will offer you the best results. We can take samples of your flooring material to the lab or work on it right from the site. We have a number of tests, and can perform all of them should you need in-depth results. Remember that skid testing is done for the safety of people walking on the floors of your building, and also protects you from a very expensive lawsuit.

Laboratory slip testing to HSE and BS / EN Standards

Here at Surface Performance Ltd we have a fully climate controlled (temperature & humidity) state of the art slip testing laboratory. Laboratory pendulum slip testing is undertaken by our qualified technicians to varying standards such as; HSE slip resistance testing, BS EN 13036-4 (road and airfield surface characteristics), sports governing body slip testing standards and many more.

All of our slip testing equipment is fully calibrated and maintained to the highest standards to ensure that we deliver a fully comprehensive and professional pendulum slip testing laboratory service.

 

We also carry out pendulum slip testing on site throughout The UK. Our slip test head office is located in London, however we have qualified technicians located throughout the country offering a competitive on site slip testing service.

 

Below is a photograph of our slip testing laboratory based in London.

Slip resistance testing of a flooring product in the Surface Performance Ltd laboratory.

Slip resistance testing of a flooring product in the Surface Performance Ltd laboratory.