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Cheap Floor Tests for Businesses and Lawyers available in In all Major UK Cities and nearby Towns including  Floor Testing  in Scotland – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling, Inverness and fife / Floor Safety Risk Assessments in North East England – Middlesborough, South Shields, Newcastle, Stockton on Tees, Darlington / Floor Pendulum Testing in North West England – Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Runcorn, Preston, Blackpool, Blackburn Bury, Bolton, Warrington, Widnes, St.Helens (Cheshire) Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Crewe, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford Park. Rochdale, Congleton, Sandbach Macclesfield, / Floor Pendulum Tests in Wales in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Colwyn, Rhyl, Bangor / Pendulum Floor Slip Tests in Northern Central England – Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford (Yorkshire), Rotherham, Wakefield, / Slip Resistance Testing in East England in Hull, Humberside and Lincoln / BS7976-2 Pendulum Tests in the Midlands in– Nottingham, Derby, Rugby, Stoke, Stafford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, / Pendulum Flooring Tests in Central England – Northampton, Rugby, Derby, Oxford, Cambridge, Peterborough / HSE and BS7976 Approved Floor Testing in London and Home Counties – Watford, Milton Keynes, St.Albans, Cambridge, Newbury, Reading, Andover, Heathrow / Slip Injury Floor Tests in South England – Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Isle of Man /  Floor Testing in Slip Accident Claims in South West England – Swindon, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth, Exeter, Falmouth, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Warwick / Cheap Floor Testing in South East England – Dover, Margate, Rochester, Folkestone, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells,



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Anti-Slip Acid Etching Floor Coating / Floor Preparation


What is Acid Etching?

Floor Acid Etching is achieved by adding a solution of HydroFluoric Acid (HF), which will will eat into a floor surface and ‘etch’ it and provide a level of slip resistance afterwards.


But Acid Etch also eats into eyes, skin, lungs and so on. It’s not safe for cleaning staff, it reduces the life of floors; it’s quite nasty stuff!










The information at the following HSE websites describes the positives and the negatives on the topic of Acid Etching: -


How can I improve the slip resistance of a floor?

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/sat/faqslipimprove.htm


Acid Etches

http://www.hse.gov.uk/SLIPS/step/general/advanced/8E7F777B-3B84-49FE-A3D6-D0324E25A801/HSLCourseTemplate/28531/slidetype2_101817.htm


Case Study: Poor floor choice threatened opening of building

http://www.hse.gov.uk/SLIPS/step/health/advanced/8E7F777B-3B84-49FE-A3D6-D0324E25A801/HSLCourseTemplate/28531/slidetype1_311908.htm


The serious disadvantage of Acid Etch

When a floor is etched it will roughen the surface up by a small amount by creating small pinholes and making the surface look like an Alpine Mountain Pass but in miniature. But in reality the valleys are so small that they will soon fill in with dirt, floor waxes etc. and as a result the PTV (Floor Pendulum Test Value) will again be too low to be safe. The other problem is the acid damages the floor significantly; any floor with a pleasing shiny surface will look rather dull, which is great to pass a Floor Pendulum Test but brings its own problems with it







Subsequently, suppliers of acid etch floor coatings then recommend adding a dash of hydrofluoric acid to the cleaning water to maintain the micro porous finish; the result is a safe floor but with


Cleaning staff constantly subjected to a very nasty acid

with long term health effects - is it a wise choice?


The extract below is an extract from an HSE Datasheet for cleaners


Employees should:-



If you don’t want to be subject to prosecution for risking the health of your employees (or your self) then we might suggest you avoid acid etching

 




Floor Acid Etching


For Emergency treatment of hydrofluoric acid (HF) burns and injury prior to transfer to hospital - go to….

 http://www.npis.org/HFguidance.pdf