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WHERE WE FLOOR TEST

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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UK Specialists in H&S Approved Floor Pendulum Testing for Businesses and Expert Witness Services for Slip Injury Lawyers

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Floor Testing FAQ’s


1. As Employer, Owner or Manager, do I have to Floor Testing conducted?

Floor Pendulum Testing Method SequenceYES - IN LAW  you are mandated to ensure floors Are Safe From Slips AT ALL TIMES and failure to prevent floor slips, slip injury claims and fall accidents is a Criminal Offence. You must be able to demonstrate and regularly prove, typically through floor pendulum testing (generally annually) that 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 Floor 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

 

2. Why should I use FloorSlip for my floor testing?

Established for 9 years, FloorSlip only use HSE recommended Floor Testing techniques and only conduct impartial floor testing. We are not allied to any company selling flooring products or floor coatings or any such paraphernalia. We specialise in Pendulum Floor Testing only making us one of the leading commercial authorities on the subject in the UK.  

This should give you reassurance that 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...


3. What is the minimum Pendulum Floor Test Value (PTV) 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


4. What are the recommended standards to be used to test floors?

BS7976-2 and BS13036-4* and UKSRG Iss 5 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 towards European Standards than British ones; in the interim, until Issue 2 is released, then both floor testing standards are applicable and will be recognised in court in the event of a slip injury claim


5. My Floor has failed the Floor Testing - what can I do?

It is an unfortunate fact that around 75 to 80% of floors we test fail the Pendulum Floor 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, then thought must be given to replacing or refurbishing the floor. The chart below shows that the probability of slip is not linear, and that for every drop of 1 PTV below the required 36 PTV (On WET floors), the probability of slip rapidly increases from the desired 1 in 1 million footfalls (at 36 PTV) to as low as 1 in 20 footfalls at a PTV of 24





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

We’re sorry, but 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 and are the second highest level of injury claims in the UK approximately £15,000 per claim - the cost of a Pendulum Floor Test is only £447, is it worth the risk? See more on floor testing prices


7. 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 Floor Testing can virtually eliminate fraudulent slip injury accident claims - contact FloorSlip today and find out how to have your Floor Testing conducted at economic prices


8. Does the PTV Value change on a slope?

YES, by the approximate PTV value of 2 for every degree of slope (1.76 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. Read more on our section of Floor Testing on Slopes


9. Will Pendulum Testing disturb my business?

Minimally or even not at all with the correct timing, 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.


10. 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, BS13036-4 and UKSRG Iss 5) and using UK Manufactured to BS7976-1 Munro, KSS or Wessex 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


11. Why are you cheaper than many floor testing companies?

As we specialise in Floor Testing, we are able to streamline our business to that specialism and that is how we can afford to keep the floor testing prices low. We also keep our overheads low and we also believe the cost of the floor testing is overpriced from some companies. The test takes about 2-3 hours (+Travel) so we feel a price of less than £500 is acceptable (Considering we have to cover the agents time and fuel as well) - read more on floor testing prices


12. Are you UKAS Accredited?

No - We have seriously considered UKAS accredatation but to prove to the body concerned costs a lot of 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, built to BS7976-1; 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 £500 - 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.


13. I have had a Customer/Employee/Visitor slipped on a floor and injured themselves I believed my floors were safe; can you advise?  

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


14. 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 images below 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!

















 



15. My floor has a PTV of 34 when WET - Is it safe?

That depends on what the floor is used for, the amount of traffic, and if it is possible to maintain it mainly in a DRY condition (also read more about this in ALARP). The HSE / HSL has calculated a minimum recommended (and expected) Pendulum Test Value of 36 PTV on a horizontal floor (zero degrees) 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 PTV to 34 will raise the chances of slip by 10 times.


16. Is it possible to gauge by eye and fell what Pendulum Floor 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 far better that it will be less slippery - But the only way to guarantee it is by Pendulum Floor 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 (From £147) - see all floor testing prices



















17. What is the purpose of Pendulum Floor Testing?

The purpose of the Floor Slip Pendulum Test is to check the floors to ascertain they are safe and meet the HSE recommendation on Floor Safety. The floor testing is conducted using British Standards (BS7976-2 and BS 13036-4 and UKSRG). Testing your floor will help you 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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18. 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 provide Floor Sample Tests and / or arrange Ramp Testing before a floor is laid. This simple action of Floor Sample Testing 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 of the specs and current floor testing certificates 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

Include 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 of Surface Roughness Checks alone 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

19. 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 via floor sample tests 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 - see Info on Floor Ratings for swimming pools.


ONLY THE ABOVE 2 TESTS ARE ADMISSABLE IN UK COURTS OF LAW


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)

Slip Alert 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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