Pendulum Testing for Businesses & Lawyers from £447

Expert Witness Services & CPR Reports in Slip Injury Claims from £327

Cheap & Quick Off Site Floor Sample Testing from £150

WHERE WE FLOOR TEST

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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FAQ’s - On Floor Testing

Q1 As Employer, Owner or Manager, do I have to test floors?

IN LAW  you are mandated to ensure floors Are Safe From Slips AT ALL TIMES and failure to prevent floor slips, slip injuries and fall accidents is a Criminal Offence You must be able to demonstrate and REGULARLY PROVE THROUGH PENDULUM TESTING (generally annually) the floors in your premises are safe from slips at ALL times for members of the public, a visitor, a patient, a schoolchild or employee.  


From schools to factories, shops to offices and hospitals to airports your floors must be safe and the Pendulum Test can prove it.  The Pendulum Test is the ONLY test fully recognised in a UK court of law and provides repeatable floor test results


Floor Pendulum Test Method Sequence testing boat floor












Q2  What is the minimum Pendulum Test Value expected?

A PTV of 36 is required on Wet, Dry and floors contaminated with substances relevant to the immediate environment. The HSE informs us something like 90% of slip injury accidents occur on wet floors


Q3  What are the recommended standards to be used to test floors?

BS7976-2 and BS13036-4* and UKSRG Iss 4 Guidelines, which only recommends the ‘British Pendulum’ floor testing equipment is used and recognised in the UK (and particularly in court)


* It should be noted that there is an ongoing debate as to the affectivity of BS13036-4. It’s purpose was to create one British Standard to supersede the BS7976 series of publications (BS7976-1 (Method) / BS 7976-2 (Testing) / BS 7976-2 (Calibration). But in reality the HSE has decided and reported it doesn’t entirely meet the  previous standards effectively and moves more twoards European Standards than British ones; in the interim, until Issue 2 is released, then all standards are applicable and will be recognised in court


Q4 My Floors has failed the Pendulum Test - what can I do?

It is an unfortunate fact that 80% of floors we test fail Pendulum Test. If they marginally fail then management of the floor can vastly reduce slip injury accident / claim liability -see our info on the ALARP Principles. But if they fail poorly, for example a PTV value of 24 when wet, (Which will increase the chances of slip by 50,000 times) then in many cases a non-slip floor coating will make the floors safe. We are in touch with a firm who regularly provide anti-slip floor coatings across the UK, Europe and Globally and coatings guaranteed to pass floor testing - read more about floor Non-Slip Coatings


The simple chart below shows how rapidly the ability to prevent drops off after the value of 36 is breached. The HSE expects a minimum PTV of 36 on Wet, Dry and contaminated floors



Slip on Floor Probability Graph - Slips can be prevented by Pendulum Testing














Q5 If I’ve never had a floor test then can I still be liable for an injury claim?

We’re sorry, but YES, YES, YES. As part of your duty of care and risk assessments, you must be considering floor safety for employees, visitors, members of the public etc and ideally at least annually; floors are the biggest area of risk and slips and trip injuries are the second highest level of injury claims in the UK approximtaley £15,000 per claim - the cost of a Pendulum Test is less than £400, is it worth the risk? See more on floor testing prices


Q6 Why isn’t the PTV value of 36 a law yet? (like a speed limit)

If the government was to step in and change the rules from recommended to required then many businesses would be immediately liable to claims as their floors would not pass floor testing. Many fraudulent claims would also arise. Pendulum Testing can virtually eliminate fraudulent slip injury accident claims - contact FloorSlip today and find out how


Q7 Does the PTV Value change on a slope?

YES, by the approximate PTV value of 2 for every degree of slope (1.8 to be exact). So for example - if your floor was 3 degrees of slope then you would require an additional ‘6’ PTV - or a floor Pendulum Test Value (PTV) of 36 +  6 = 42.


Q8 Will Pendulum Testing disturb my business?

NO, we are discrete and efficient in our floor testing. We can test out of hours and at 3 am on Sunday of you wish (we offer 24/7 testing at reasonable rates - contact FloorSlip for 24/7 floor testing). Testing can be finished in 20 - 30 minutes per test spot; we typically test 3 spots per room in an area of low, medium and high footfall.


Q9 Is the Floor Pendulum Test Certificate acceptable in UK Courts?

YES, we only use floor testing methods recognised by the HSE and conducted to British Standards (BS7976-2 and UKSRG Iss 4) and using pendulums calibrated every test and annually by recognised labs, you can be assured of accurate results that will stand up in court. We can also support the tests with CPR compliant floor test reports


Q10 Why are you a lot cheaper than many floor testing companies?

We keep the floor testing prices low by keeping our overheads low and we also believe the cost of the testing is overpriced from some companies. The test takes about 2-3 hours so we feel a price of less than £400 is acceptable (Considering we have to cover the agents time and fuel as well) - read more on floor testing prices


Q11 Are you UKAS Accredited?

We have seriously considered UKAS accredatation but to prove to the body concerned costs extra time and money, which has to be claimed back somehow and that is by passing it onto you, which we will not do. UKAS accreditation is proving we use recognised test equipment and methods - FloorSlip only use HSE approved equipment, supplied from approved British floor testing equipment suppliers and we test to the H&S required standards, testing to British Standards (BS7976-2, BS13036-4 and the UKSRG Iss 4 Guidelines).


Our price for floor testing is less than £400 - a UKAS accredited company will charge up to 10 times more; the methods the equipment and the standards used are the same - it’s your choice


UKAS quote - UKAS Accreditation is a formal, third party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks. It provides a means to identify a proven, competent evaluator so that the selection of a laboratory, inspection or  certification body is an informed choice. UKAS accreditation means the evaluator can demonstrate to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards. If you want to know more go to  URL: http://ukas.com/about-accreditation/What_is_Accreditation/What_is_Accreditation.asp


Q12 Has a Customer, Employee or Visitor slipped on a floor like this and injured themselves but you believe your floors are safe?  

Then Call FloorSlip - we can probably help effectively fight that personal injury claim and prove without doubt that the floor was safe with the Pendulum Test Provided of course the floor is able to pass the test


Q13 Can I estimate what Pendulum Test Value my floors might achieve?

Probably, if it shines, it’ll be slippery when wet; if its very smooth or glossy, again it will be slippery when wet

The image here shows various floors typically found in office receptions, schools, shopping centres, hotel bathrooms, kitchens with a normal Pendulum Test Value of 50 when dry  - But only value of 10  to 15 when wet - you might as well walk on an an ice rink if there is a little rainwater or coffee spill on the floor!  



























Q14 My floor has a PTV of 34 - Is it safe?

The HSE / HSL has calculated a Pendulum Test Value of 36 reduces the probability of slip to 1 in a million but this must be achieved on dry floors, wet floors and floors contaminated with substances relevant to the floor environment such as blood, cooking oil, talcum powder, grease, engine oil, diesel or urine. A drop of just 2 points to 34 will raise the chances of slip by 10 times.



Q15 Is it possible to gauge by eye and fell what Pendulum Test Value my floors might achieve?

Probably, if it shines, it’ll be slippery, but if its textured (Like the image below) then the chances are better that it will be less slippery - But the only way to guarantee it is by Pendulum Testing. If you have a floor you wish tested in advance  then use our Floor Sample Testing Service  - It’s very cheap and we can test several different sample types for the same price (Less than £150)
























Q16 What is the purpose of Floor Pendulum Testing?

The purpose of the Floor Slip Pendulum Test is to check the floors using British Standards  in your establishment (BS7976-2 and BS 13036-4) are safe to prevent accident injury and help you avoid Slip Injury Claims saving you money and allowing you to meet the legal requirement for floors



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Q17 What Floor Testing should I have done and when?


Use the 4 STEP ACTION PLAN (See below) to prevent floor slip accidents occurring: -


STEP 1 - Get floors slip resistance tested BEFORE they are laid

FloorSlip can arrange Floor Sample Tests and / or Ramp Testing before a floor is laid. This simple action is highly recommended if you are at the stage of specifying a new floor or a floor surface type in new building and can save you many thousands of pounds for the sake of a few hundred pounds.

Unfortunately, too much onus is placed on the aesthetics of a floor with too little impetus considered as to the grip potential and its ability to prevent floor slip injuries - even though Building Regulations Part M and BS 8300 Annex C are quite specific that floors will be specified to be slip resistant.

If it’s a ‘turnkey’ building, make sure the flooring specifications are available and meet your requirements and you have a copy before you accept the building.


STEP 2 - Get a floor Pendulum Test IMMEDIATELY AFTER they are laid

Get a slip test carried out to check flooring supplied has the same slip resistance potential as floor samples tested. Flooring manufacturers changing manufacturing processes or raw material supplies can inadvertently cause changes in the slip resistance properties of the floor. Pendulum Testing will identify any shortcomings immediately.


STEP 3  - Have Floors in use REGULARLY TESTED for slip prevention

IInclude in your Risk Management Plan regular monitoring of floor surface roughness. This simple test can detect possible early changes in the floor friction preventing floss of the slip resistant properties that might otherwise go unnoticed . This is not the same as Pendulum Testing and the results are not sufficient to be used in a court of law but it is quick and sensitive to minor changes and therefore quite reliable. It is also cheaper for us to implement on your behalf . FloorSlip Ltd can setup a regular monitoring regime for you - contact us


STEP 4  - Display a Pendulum Test Certificate - Deter false slip claims

We recommend setting up a contract to get FloorSlip to conduct formal annual Pendulum Testing, this will provide you with a formal floor test certificate which you can: -


(a) Present to your insurance companies and possibly help lower liability premiums, particularly if you have had a slip accident claim in the past.


(b) Which can be displayed in reception areas to put off those who would seek to gain money through fraudulent floor slip and fall claims. We will also provide stickers to place around different areas


Q18 Why should I use FloorSlip for my floor testing?

FloorSlip only use HSE recommended Floor Testing techniques.


This gives you reassurance: -


Your floor specification meets the minimum floor standards expected by the HSE and you will  be in a far stronger legal position should it ever transpire you are sued for a slip and fall accident...


The likelihood of of a floor slip is minimal - provided you meet the minimum slip resistance values recommended and the floor cleaning regime and floor management are also maintained


Q19 What types of floor tests are there?

The main floor tests are: -

Pendulum Tests

(Testing the Coefficient of Friction), which can test floors for actual grip potential as opposed to an approximation and suitable in a court of law for personal claim injuries

Ramp Tests

to determine floor slipperiness on an inclined floor in wet, dry and contaminated floor conditions; these are generally performed off site on floor samples before a floor covering is chosen and give a variety of readings for a person wearing safety shoes or in bare feet, so floor manufacturers and those persons specifying floors can also consider, for example, what floor type is required for a swimming pool.

Surface Roughness Tests

determines how coarse a floor surface is and gives an indication of what anti slip properties a floor ‘may’ have. Floor surface roughness can only be approximated to the Coefficient of Friction and different slip risk characteristics will be seen on different floor types for the same Rz Readings (An average of a number of floor surface readings)

Roller Coaster Floor Testing

uses a trolley rolled down an inclined ramp. Depending on how far the trolley travels when it comes into contact with the flooring surface will give an indication of heel slip and is reported to be equated to the action of a pedestrians heel slipping on a floor.

Sled Testers

are self powered trolleys that drag themselves across the floor surface, measuring the Coefficient of Friction as they move.

Tortus Testers

use a weighted rubber slider, which is dragged across a floor surface to give a read out.

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The cost of slip claims EVERY DAY in the UK is £1.4 Million

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