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Cheap Floor Tests for Businesses and Lawyers available in In all Major UK Cities and nearby Towns including  Floor Slip Testing  in Scotland – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness / Floor Safety Risk Assessments in North East England – Middlesborough, South Shields, Newcastle, Stockton on Tees, Darlington / Floor Resistance 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 Friction Testing in Wales in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Colwyn, Rhyl, Bangor / Pendulum Tests in Northern Central England – Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford (Yorkshire), Rotherham, Wakefield, / Slip Resistance Tests in East England in Hull, Humberside and Lincoln / BS7976-2 Pendulum Tests in the Midlands in– Nottingham, Derby, Rugby, Stoke, Stafford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Worcester, / Slip Resistance Flooring Tests in Central England – Northampton, Rugby, Derby, Oxford, Cambridge, Peterborough / HSE Approved Floor Testing in London and Home Counties – Watford, Milton Keynes, St.Albans, Cambridge, Newbury, Reading, Andover, Heathrow / Pendulum Floor Tests in South England – Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Isle of Man /  Floor Friction Tests in South West England – Swindon, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth, Exeter, Falmouth, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Warwick / Cheap Floor Tests in South East England – Dover, Margate, Rochester, Folkestone, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells,

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Considerations for Businesses maintaining Floor Safety and for Employers, Managers and Architects specifying floors or refurbishing Existing Floor Surfaces


Shiny Floors are Slippery Floors and dangerous when wetTo prevent floor slips and trips and avoid future slip accidents and personal injury claims, employers, architects, and managers wishing to buy or specify flooring and floor coatings need to source suitable flooring products that are accompanied with technical specifications informing them of the floor slip resistance and how floor cleaning and maintenance should occur.





Aesthetics should NOT rule floor choice - ‘Shiny Floors’ are a main reason for Slip Injury Claims


Too many shopping complexes and elite office blocks have beautiful shiny floors – but they are a floor slip accident waiting for a personal injury lawyer to happen. Plus the cost of making slippy floors non slip after floor laying can be very prohibitive and some floor coatings do not necessarily perform as advertised, particularly on hard granite or marble floors where adherence of anti slip coatings can be poor and peel in a short time. But FloorSlip can advise you of a UK company that does provide insurance company approved non slip floor coatings - click here to find out more


It is a legal requirement that floor manufacturers and flooring suppliers provide accurate data of their products, particularly in respect to non slip / slip resistant flooring materials. Ideally, the flooring manufactures should categorise the slipperiness of flooring in accordance with Health and safety recommendations by providing specific floor test data


4 main Flooring Criteria you should consider when specifying floors


1) The Coefficient of Friction (CoF) - which gives true slip testing figures.


The Floor Slip Test Coefficient of Friction is determined using the ‘Pendulum Test’ to BS 7976-2 or BS EN 13036-4:2011 and a minimum Pendulum Test Value (PTV)* on horizontal floor surfaces of 36 is required (Relating to a CoF of 0.36); this figure must increases for inclines, for example on a wheelchair ramp  

Read More on pendulum testing and expected results

*Also known as SRV or Slip Resistance Value


2) The Floor Surface Roughness (Rz) – indicates to the floor tester and Health & Safety representative the apparent slip resistance*.


The Surface Roughness Testing is conducted using a portable floor tester such as the Surtronic Duo giving an average floor test surface roughness reading (The Rz Reading).


The Floor Surface Roughness Test is particularly useful in monitoring changes in wear over time – for example, from new to 6 months or one year later.


*Note carefully – Surface Roughness Testing is NOT a true floor slip reading, it is only an indication of floor friction. Two different floor surfaces having the same Floor Roughness Testing readings can have different a different Coefficient of Resistance and floor slipperiness; the HSL (Government Health & Safety Laboratories) has determined this is particularly noticeable where wet floors are involved as 90% of Floor Slips occur on wet smooth flooring such as marble floors (known as ‘Terrazzo’). Read More on Floor Surface Roughness Tests


3) The R Rating (Or Ramp Test Rating)


A floor test is conducted on a ramp set at varying inclined angles, the ramp testing providing different results as the ramp gets steeper; the steeper the ramp can be raised without heel slip then the better (higher) the Ramp Test Rating or ‘R Rating’.


The Ramp Test is conducted to DIN 51130* results ranging from R9 or LEAST Floor Slip Resistance [Not R1] to R13, the MOST Slip Resistance**. The Ramp test to DIN 51130 is used to test wet floors, dry floors and contaminated flooring surfaces using a person wearing deeply treaded (cleated) safety footwear.                                                                                        

Read More on Ramp Testing


4) The ABC Rating (Ramp Test ‘Bare Feet’ Rating)


Another Ramp Test (Performed to DIN 51097) but instead uses a persons bare feet to represent, for example, a pedestrian walking on a slippery swimming pool floor. The ratings are A, B and C where C is the steepest.                                                                               


Read More on Floor Ramp Testing



* DIN is the equivalent to British Standards in the UK. DIN = 'Deutsches Institut für Normung' or German Institute of Standardisation. It is a standard by which floor designers and architects must specify to in some EU countries to conform with building regulations and to apply early prevention of floor slip accident injury claims


** IMPORTANT NOTE - Floor surfaces classified R9 and R10 and in some cases R11 will NOT be acceptable in slippery wet floor or greasy floor conditions.


Further flooring advice for selecting the correct non slip floor type


The flooring suppliers’ information generally only relates to ‘as supplied’ floor products and can not be expected to take into account the following problems: -


If Wheelchair use is required - Check your Building Regulations on the maximum floor slope angle and consult the UK Disability Discriminations Act (DDA)*

Contaminants introduced during construction / floor laying process

Flooring contaminant encountered in daily use such as oil, blood, cooking fat, sawdust, talcum power

The degree or type of floor wear

The shoes that may be worn; slippery floor issues can be overcome to a large degree by legislating employees will wear non slip safety shoes (and in good condition); it may be more cost efficient to buy workers shoes than replace floors; this will not negate floor testing but will lower the floor slip risk potential. Obviously this solution is only viable for employees

Floor cleaning methods, frequency and consistency thereof and the floor cleaners used in the process

Changes in floor manufacturing process or constituent materials used - what was specified for the floor surface or even tested prior to flooring installation may not be what is delivered, Consider conducting a Pendulum test as soon as the first floors are laid* to check early on that the floors supplied meet or ideally exceed floor slip resistance test values and other relevant floor specifications before all the flooring is laid and costly non slip floor recovery is required.

* This may become a legal requirement in the future in order to meet future building regulations on floors and particularly for the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)


Flooring advice publications


Advice on the selection of flooring is given in CIRIA* book available to buy (From CIRIA)

‘Safer surfaces to walk on – Reducing the Risk of Slipping’ free to download

(Note - this file is large and takes longer than normal to open 254 pages / 22 MB PDF)

*Construction Industry Research and Information Association


A useful book for architects available at ribabookshops.com for about £20.00 is the

‘Specifiers Handbook for Inclusive Design (SHID): Internal Floor Finishes’



Useful Flooring advice Links

Consideration of floor types for architects and designers

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/architects.htm


Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/experience.htm#flooring


Supermarket Floor Slip Experience

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/experience/supermarket-floor.htm


























Floor Coatings - The advantages of floor coatings


Floor coatings, from the perspective of floor testing, are typically used where an economical and swift solution has been required to make a floor non-slip and meet HSE recommendations. The subject of coatings is not very large and there tends to only be the following types found or quoted, which covers many of the brand names found:-


Paint (Non-Slip or aggregated)

Epoxy Resin Coatings

Polyurethane floor coatings

Screed (Thin solution of concrete with no aggregate)


WATCO are a good source of information on coatings - http://www.watco.co.uk/paint-and-coatings/anti-slip-coatings



Floor Coating - The disadvantages of floor coatings


Anyone who’s ever decorated an internal wall, re-sprayed a car or varnished a boat will know that it’s the preparation of the surface that is the key to a good finish and one that last the test of time.


Imagine though, you want to prepare a floor, which is hundreds of metres in size. On that floor will be people, vehicular traffic, customers, water from rain, snow and condensation, dust and dirt, fork trucks, spillages, grease and oil and other contaminants and all these factors have to be contended with. Concrete is also highly alkaline when laid and full of moisture for at least 4 weeks afterwards, but many coating ‘specialists’ will still coat a floor immediately after laying; the result of which is it will bubble and peel either from the alkali or the moisture.  


So, it can be seen, that to prepare a floor that will last is a very difficult job. Floor coatings peel; are not applied evenly; soak up moisture; are applied too quickly and not left to dry between coats; and often products are time expired before they are even laid! And soon the result of all these aforementioned issues is a floor likely to have, at a minimum, patches of poor slip resistance and in a very short space of time.


Many coatings also dry rock hard and, even though they may be ‘PTV Safe’ at first, they will over time become ‘polished’ from footfall and traffic and patches of poor PTV will be the result.


The last issue is there are too many ‘non-slip’ coatings on the market that will never meet the required PTV of 36 in any circumstance; but some entrepreneurial businessman will have tried to build up a business based on the product and bought thousands of litres which he must shift to get his money back (Regardless of whether it is safe!).


Floor Coatings that work

The industry has moved on and a better understanding of what works and how long it lasts is known, but it’s still a limited number of people offering such products. FloorSlip know of one UK company that the floor coatings appear to work well. The  non-slip floor coat meets the required PTV’s; the company offer up to 10 years warrantee; insurance companies offer up to 15% discount  on liability insurance – contact the FloorSlip Head Office if you think you want to advise a client with this type of floor coating




How Often Should I Test a Floor?


Ideally a Surface Roughness Floor Test of all floor surfaces should be conducted every 3 - 6 months to determine if floor degradation is apparent and a pendulum test conducted annually, particularly in high footfall areas such as entrance lobbies and shopping centres.


The HSE do not specify periods (yet) but feedback has suggested floor slip personal injury claims tend to occur from 18 months after the last pendulum test, where employers and managers have failed to maintain safe floors or conduct risk assessments through regular floor checks


Find out about FloorSlip Monthly Contracts for Floor Pendulum Tests, Surface Roughness Tests and Risk Assessments


Typical floor slope angle for a wheelchair is 3 to 4 degrees

Ramps For The Disabled

Link to Part M of the Building regulations 2004 - http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partm/approved - Refer Section 1.26