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?
Floor Slip Pendulum Tests evaluate if the floors in your shop, office, factory or school or any floor walked on by employee, patient, visitor or student are safe to prevent slips on floors
Pendulum Testing saves you money -
Contact FloorSlip Today and let us prove your floors are safe
The IOSH Qualified floor tester will conduct a risk assessment of the floor surfaces you are concerned about for wear, cleanliness and slip potential hazards and will determine if the floor type is appropriate to the activity & environment it will be used for. They will also advise on methods to prevent slips, trips and falls
A non damaging floor surface roughness test will be carried out using an electronic portable surface roughness tester (Surtonic Duo). This piece of floor test equipment measures down to 1 millionth of a metre (1 micron) the distance between the peaks and valleys of the microscopic pitting of your floor surfaces.
The purpose of this floor test is to give a broad indication of your general floor roughness (The Rz Readings) -
(a) NOT SUITABLE for the task expected of it and requires floor refurbishment. Flooring advice will then be offered; this will be independent advice of what methods might be used for floor restoration and FloorSlip will NOT recommend a particular company. (Note -
(B) SUITABLE to commence with Pendulum Testing, which is testing floors to determine if the floors actually meet the minimum requirements expected by the HSE .
The Surface Roughness Tests results are entered into a Slips Assessment Tool (SAT). This is HSE software, which uses the Rz readings (Average measures of floor surface roughness) combined with inputs for the workplace conditions (Floor type, floor cleaning regime etc) to give the floor tester an overall guide of the slip risk.
The operator will explain how slippery or slip resistant the floors are and the floor properties ability to prevent, for example, a fall down the stairs or any slip and fall accident that could leave you liable for a personal injury claim .
You now have an indication whether floor renovation is required prior to conducting the pendulum test.
The pendulum test conducted to BS 7976-
This will ensure you are covered against civil and criminal action and to meet the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) regulations.
FloorSlip has evaluated your floors show poor grip potential, the representative will offer flooring advice recommendations for corrective action and discuss floor cleaning regimes, the floor coatings available and options available from flooring companies
Typical alternative flooring might be non slip tiles or using floor coatings such as anti slip paint or non slip acid etching.
Overall, the slip resistance of flooring depends heavily on the flooring surface used and the floor coatings applied – for example marble floors, lino floors and wood or concrete flooring all have different floor friction properties and consideration has to be given as to which floor coatings will have the correct adhesion and interaction properties and in the environment they are meant for.
Once recovery of your floor surfaces grip potential has been restored it is then recommend this is: -
Followed up by a formal floor test (Pendulum Slip Test) and conducted as soon as possible
The ‘British’ Pendulum test (using a Munro Pendulum Tester) will now be used to give an accurate and actual Slip Resistance Value (SRV) representing the slip potential of your floors.
Also known, in technical terms, as the ‘dynamic coefficient of friction’ (COF) or in layman's terms as the Pendulum Test value PTV), the Pendulum Slip Test (carried out to BS 7976) faithfully replicates the action the heel of a shod foot or a bare foot makes when walking; heel slip having been evaluated as the main cause of slip & fall accidents.
This test is fully recommended by the Health & Safety Executive as the one test that gives the best floor test to give a true and purposeful reading of floor slipperiness and is recognised in a court of law in the event of a personal injury claim
A minimum PTV score of 36 or above is the minimum criteria recommended by the HSE to prevent slip and fall accidents.
The FloorSlip representative will return the results to Head Office where they will be independently audited for correctness. A Floor Slip Test Certificate will then be issued (Provided the floor test meets the minimum value of 36 as required by the HSE).
The certificate is valid for 12 months from date of test. It is not possible to issue the certificate for longer than this period as floor surfaces wear out, particularly under high footfall such as shopping centres and office receptions and in some cases we may recommend 6 monthly checks.
It is therefore recommended your floors are Pendulum Tested every 12 months; this action will also satisfy your liability insurance company and give you peace of mind in a court of law that you have done your utmost to prevent slip and fall accidents.