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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-
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ARE YOUR FLOORS SAFE?
This information is directly taken from the Health & Safety (HSE) Web Site
and Part M of the Building Regulations 2004 http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partm/approved
Employers have to ensure their employees and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public, patients etc.), are kept safe from harm and that their health is not affected. This means slip and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and fall.
Employees must use any safety equipment provided and must not cause danger to themselves or others.
Manufacturers and suppliers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They must also provide information about appropriate use.
builds on the requirements of the Act and include duties on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety.
requires floors to be suitable for the workplace and work activity, kept in good condition and kept free from obstructions. Also, people must be able to move around safely.
Read either the leaflet ‘Preventing slips and trips at work PDF’ http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg225.pdf
The decision of a Court of Appeal case, Ellis v Bristol City Council, with important implications for employers and the suitability of their flooring' link to external website
Below is a brief guide to the most common British and European standards of slip resistance properties of flooring materials and footwear
used for assessment of floor surface slipperiness under both dry and contaminated conditions. The results are reported as Pendulum Test Value or Slip Resistance Value and are approximately 100 times the coefficient of friction. The Pendulum test is used routinely by the Health & Safety Laboratory on behalf of HSE.
Using cleated safety boots and motor oil contamination. Results are reported as an R value, on a scale from R9 to R13, with R9 being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with water contamination.
using barefoot operators with soapy water as the contaminant. Results are reported as Class A, B or C, with A being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.
specifically for resilient floor coverings with enhanced slip resistance. The test uses standardised footwear and soapy water contamination. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.
Uses several surfaces and contaminants to assess footwear. The test is not thought to differentiate between footwear with differing levels of slip resistance under some test conditions, and so is of limited use in selecting slip resistant shoes for a particular environment.
see HSE information sheet: Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring
The 2004 revision of Part M of the Building Regulations (‘Access To and Use of Buildings’) has, upon revision, removed the narrow viewpoint that disabled people should be considered as a separate subset of the community. Instead it fosters the need that an approach inclusive approach should be adopted that simultaneously considers the needs of ALL people, young, old, able bodied, mentally or physically challenged, disabled or wheelchair users etc
The revised Part M also calls upon the recommendations of BS 8300:2001 -
Relevant Topics for Slip Resistant Floors in Part M can be found at: -
For information on Ramps and Gradients for wheelchair -
Refer to Section 1.26, which indicates the following
Failure to do so results in: -
1. Large injury compensation claims -
2. Lost Profit, Production & time off Sick -
3. Criminal Prosecution
2 years in prison and a £20,000 fine for breaching Health & Safety Laws