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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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When you buy a floor or a floor coat you MUST ensure it  meets the following floor safety specification: -


Has a DIN R Rating of a Minimum of R11 (Ideally R12 or R13 for slopes) in shod environments (Scroll down for further information)


Has a DIN ABC Rating of ‘C’ in wet floor environments (bare foot areas such as pools) (Scroll down for further information)


Has a MINIMUM PTV (Or Pendulum Test Value) Rating of 36 when WET

(The DRY rating is irrelevant - all floors pass the Pendulum Test when dry but 90% of slips occur on WET floors)


Can pass a Floor Sample Pendulum Test BEFORE a floor is laid

Get Floor ‘Sample’ Pendulum Testing conducted - a cheap option from around £147 - see our prices on floor testing


Can pass the a Pendulum Test AFTER a floor is laid

PROVE  the slip resistance potential to meet HSE requirements through Pendulum Testing conducted to BS7976-2 / BS 13036-4


Misadvertising of flooring / floor coatings abilities to prevent slips  

This is a huge issue - Flooring is often repackaged run of the mill imports from China, Italy and Spain etc. and will simply market the product to fool you into thinking the floor is non-slip*

Non Slip Floor Coatings are also heavily advertised / mis-advertised but there are very few that will: -

a) Stay stuck to a floor!

b) Meet HSE recommendations to pass a Pendulum Test

c) Still look good after being applied

d) Be recognised by insurance companies who will  give discount on your insurance premiums for using it!

e) Are not based on very nasty non eco friendly acid etch floor coating using hydrofluoric acid


Important Note on Floors and Floor Coatings Slip Resistance

Many floors are slip resistant as a result of the material the floor or floor coatings are made from, unfortunately that same material type tends to wear out quite quickly and it is not unusual for floors to fail pendulum tests within 6 months of the original floor slip test pass!

*The HSE / HSL has also recognised this ‘misadvertising’ issue with shoes where an advertiser will inform that a  shoe is anti-slip or non-slip but in a high percentage of cases very few meet the British Standard (BS EN 13287).


Floor ‘R’ and ‘ABC’ Ratings

Our section on floor slip ratings describes this more completely but briefly if your floor has an R9 or R10 rating (and in some cases even R11) then the floor will FAIL the Pendulum Test - Aim for an R12 or R13 Rating (R13 on slopes) and you should be safe for Shod Floor Environments


Conclusions and the 4 STEP ACTION PLAN to ensuring Safe Floors

All of this information can provide misleading results in contaminated and wet floor conditions. FloorSlip recommends the following 4 STEP ACTION PLAN to prevent floor slip accidents occurring at any time.....


Action 1 - Get floors slip tested BEFORE they are laid

Get FloorSlip to arrange off site Floor Sample Test or Ramp Tests before a floor is laid. This simple action can save tens of thousands of pounds for the sake of a few hundred pounds.


Action 2 - Get a floor pendulum test IMMEDIATELY AFTER floors are laid

Get a Pendulum Test carried out to check the floors supplied are of the same grip potential as the floor sample tested. It is not uncommon for floor manufacturers to change the manufacturing process or the constituent materials causing a change in the slip resistance properties of the floor. Also rebadging of other suppliers products does sometimes occur.


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

We can monitor your floors on a regular basis to ascertain levels of wear and help you assess the potential for a floor slip accident using Floor Sample Test surface roughness testers. Note - This test can not be used in a court of law - only the Pendulum Test can do this


Action 4 - Display a Floor Pendulum Test Certificate - Deter floor slip claims

Setup a contract to get FloorSlip to conduct formal annual Pendulum Testing, which will provide you with a floor test certificate which you can: -


(a) Present to your insurance companies and which will help lower liability premiums, particularly if you have had a slip accident claim.

(b) Display in entrance lobbies to deter possible false slip injury claims.


Recommended Reading on Floor Slip Safety

FloorSlip recommend reading the Health & Safety Executive Report ‘Assessment of slips safety information/ literature provided by flooring and footwear suppliers’ at http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr747.pdf


I don’t need to test my floors, my staff wear ‘Non Slip’ Safety Footwear



        WRONG!


It might be sensibly reasoned where a floor does not meet the correct slip resistance values specified by the HSE that non slip shoes could compensate for the floor slip issue.

Unfortunately, like floors, many shoes ‘claiming’ to have anti slip properties do not have the required slip resistance to prevent a sip accident, the words on the packaging are often there for marketing purposes. Additionally the HSE has also concluded the Standards shoes are tested to (Including BS) are lenient or may only refer to the tread pattern and not the slip resistance and unlikely to be of use to deter a court awarding an accident claim to a floor slip victim.

Another issue is workers will continue to wear a pair of worn out safety shoes because they’re comfy!


Does your floor look like this? The chances are it’s a slip injury accident claim waiting to happen

How do you know you are buying a Non-Slip Floor that meets the UK HSE Recommendations for Floor Safety?


If a car salesman tells you a Car is Fast, you would want to know HOW FAST and can they PROVE IT. The same can be said of flooring - when a manufacturer tells you a floor is NON SLIP - ask them TO WHAT SPECIFICATION and CAN THEY PROVE IT?


And how do you prove if a floor is slippery or not?

By Floor Pendulum Testing either on-site or in advance off-site by Floor Sample Testing and that is the service FloorSlip provide


Many floors and floor coatings are NOT fit for the purpose of preventing floor slips (Though many suppliers will tell you they are!). The majority of floor types available either in builders merchants, DIY Stores or through the trade DO NOT not give information in floor specification sheets or on the packaging as to the ability to prevent floor slips and eliminate personal injury claims. And those suppliers that do provide information claiming the flooring to be ‘slip resistant’ rarely identify the specification tested to or are spurious tests not recognised by the Health & Safety Executive. Information supplied might say ‘Fit for Bathroom use’ which could indicate the flooring is waterproof but not necessarily slip resistant, particularly when wet or contaminated, which can only be truly proven through Pendulum Testing.

The markings you should be looking for: -

-  DIN 51130 - ‘R’ rating  for persons wearing shoes

-  DIN 51097 - ‘ABC’ Rating for normally wet floors where bare feet are the norm

- Coefficient of Friction / Pendulum or PTV Rating.




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Click to view an HSE Report on flooring and footwear manufacturers


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