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… proves If the floor Slip Resistance Values meet the H&S recommended minimum value of ‘36’ and prove to insurance companies, slip accident claimants (genuine or fraudulent) and personal injury lawyers that a safe floor environment has been provided (as required by law)
The portable Pendulum Test conducted on your floors in accordance with British Standards (BS 7976-2* / BS 13036-4) is used to determine the moving (dynamic) resistance to floor slip (Technically known as the dynamic Coefficient of Friction or CoF).
The Pendulum Test works by replicating a heel striking the floor surface
…. the heel is the point most floor slips occur and the pendulum slip test duplicates this dynamically. This might be a shod heel or a person in barefoot such as on a swimming pool floor; different ‘Slider’ types of different rubber hardness provide the means to measure the different circumstances.
Pendulum Testing can also Measure the friction between a skidding tyre and wet road surface;
This provides the Highway Engineer with a means of obtaining reliable evidence to take practical measures to reduce skidding
* Note - The Floor Test is currently conducted to BS 7976-2 and a later standard - BS EN 13036-4:2011; however, this latest standard is in conflict with various leading authorities and until the BSI has determined the way forward both BS 13036-4 and BS 7976-1,2,3 still stand
The Floor Slip Resistance Pendulum Test Values
The pendulum test readings obtained are referred to as either the Slip Resistance Value (SRV) or Pendulum Test Value (PTV) and the Health and Safety Laboratory in conjunction with the UKSRG (United Kingdom Slip Resistance Group) has deemed a minimum value is required to satisfy the HSE and the courts in a civil or criminal personal accident claim action (as shown in the tables below).
To represent the different road, flooring or bare foot conditions the rubber ‘Slider’ which imitates the heel of a the shoe or foot is interchangeable using rubber of different rubber hardness and resilience as follows: -
Rubber Hardness – ‘IRHD 96’*
Used to imitate everyday pedestrian shoes (Not necessarily anti slip safety footwear) - 4S stands for Standard Shoe Sole Simulating
Rubber Hardness – ‘IRHD 55’*
Used for testing of road slip or barefoot floor conditions and in some cases very rough flooring surfaces - TRL stands for Transport Road Laboratories.
* IRHD = International Rubber Hardness Degree where IRHD 55 is softer than IRHD 96
Pendulum Test Values (PTV) expected using the 4S Slider
A minimum PTV of 36 must be achievedto avoid personal injury claims and ensure a good floor slip resistance and that value must be obtained on DRY and WET floors and floors CONTAMINATED with substances representative of the typical floor conditions of that operating environment to ensure grip potential is maintained. Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has identified in excess of 90% of floor slip accidents in the UK occur on wet floors, most usually on relatively smooth / shiny floors
PTV values expected using the TRL Slider
A minimum PTV of 40 must be achieved to avoid skidding on roads