Format of the Floor Test Certificates

At FloorSlip, we have developed a number of different Floor Testing documents over the past 12 years for ease of use by Our Customers. One example below is the Floor Test Sheet we use for both regular On-Site Floor Pendulum Testing, Off-Site Floor Sample Testing and in Expert Witness Reports for Slip Injury Lawyers. Floor Testing is a complex topic and one with many nuances.  We have made some notes to help you below these images, but if in doubt, simply Contact FloorSlip, all our FloorSlip Agents are well versed in the Topic of Floor Slip Resistance Testing. 

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Notes applicable to the Floor Slip Pendulum Testing results sheet

Explanation of the Floor Testing Forms

Graph of 'Frequency (Probability) of Slip' and 'Slip Potential' in respect to Pendulum Test Values

Graph of Floor Slip Frequency and Probability and Slip Potential

  • Where a floor cannot achieve a value of 36 PTV, then the ALARP principle might be applied (As low as Reasonably Practicable) where evidence must be provided to show how the floor remains safe; for example, by not getting a floor wet or by effective and fast acting Contamination Spill Control.
  • The Pendulum Test is performed in accordance with UKSRG Guidelines and EN-16165 , which parallels / supersedes BS-7967-2 from Dec 2021 onwards. BS-EN-13036-4 is also employed specifically for roads and airfield runways.
  • The Pendulum Test Equipment is built in the UK to EN-16165 (formerly BS-7976-) and precisely Calibrated Annually in accordance with EN-16165 mentioned above
  • The Pendulum Rubber Sliders used and some of the calibration mediums are also subject to a 12-month expiry limitation. The sliders dictated in EN-16165 and BS-7976-2 and the UKSRG Guidelines when the test was performed are IRHD (International Rubber Hardness Degree) #55 or #57 (softer rubbers) and #96 (harder rubber).
  • Slider #96 is typically used to emulate the shod environment.
  • Slider #55 / #57 is typically used to emulate the barefoot environment and on profiled surfaces particularly where a surface is too rough / profiled to effectively use slider #96 as the harder rubber has a tendency to skip / judder on some surfaces affecting the outcome of the results.
  • Where both sliders are used (55 and 96) for example in a swimming pool changing room where both bare foot and shod feet will be present, then it is always recommended to use the lowest value achieved as the final test result; the UKSRG Guidelines state also, on profiled surfaces. Using both 55 and 96 might help the user to understand the range of behaviours seen with different footwear (some footwear also has profiles soles / heels; some are smooth.). The UKSRG Guidelines also state profiled surfaces should also be tested with 55 and 96 sliders on the basis that profiles can give a wide range of slip resistance values.
  • Slider #96 is not temperature sensitive but slider #55/57 are. Adjustments both up or down to the PTV values must occur depending upon the ambient temperature at the test location,  the adjustments vary for different standards, read the section on Rubber Sliders
  • Floor Slopes away from a horizontal surface will affect the ability to resist slips so the standards / guidelines inform an adjustment must occur. The mathematical calculation is the value 100 x tangent ‘a’ where ‘a’ is the slope angle. In more simplistic terms, a nominal nearly accurate value of 1.75 PTV (rounded up to the nearest integer) can be adjusted for each degree of slope.