Pendulum Testing for Businesses & Lawyers from £447
Main UK Pendulum Floor Testing offices at Preston, Blackpool (Lancashire) and Banbury, Oxford, Rugby and Coventry, (Oxfordshire and Warwickshire) -
Specialising in Independent and Impartial Slip Injury Assessments
+ Floor Safety Assessments + H&S Approved Pendulum Testing to BS 7976-
Payouts for Slip Injury Claims average £15,000 !!!!
ARE YOUR FLOORS SAFE?
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
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
* It should be noted that there is an ongoing debate as to the affectivity of BS13036-
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 -
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
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 -
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 -
YES, we only use floor testing methods recognised by the HSE and conducted to British Standards (BS7976-
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-
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 -
UKAS quote -
Then Call FloorSlip -
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 -
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.
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 -
The purpose of the Floor Slip Pendulum Test is to check the floors using British Standards in your establishment (BS7976-
Use the 4 STEP ACTION PLAN (See below) to prevent floor slip accidents occurring: -
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 -
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.
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.
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 -
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
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 -
The main floor tests are: -
(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
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.
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)
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.
are self powered trolleys that drag themselves across the floor surface, measuring the Coefficient of Friction as they move.
use a weighted rubber slider, which is dragged across a floor surface to give a read out.