By use of Floor Pendulum Testing Equipment. The equipment is setup on the floor and a Pendulum Arm is released. Attached to the foot of the pendulum arm is a spring loaded ‘Rubber Slider’ of hardness value ‘55’, '57', or ‘96’ (EN-16165). The slider will slow down when it makes contact with the floor, the quicker it slows, the better the slip resistance and the safer the floor. Tests are conducted in Dry, Wet & Contaminated conditions. The floor always passes the test when the floor is DRY so only the WET / CONTAMINATED values should really be considered.
The UK HSE state a ‘Safe Floor’ should ideally have a ‘Low Potential of Slip’ proven by getting a Pendulum Test Value of 36PTV on a horizontal surface (0 degrees of floor slope*) when the floor is WET / CONTAMINATED. This should reduce the ‘Frequency of Slip’ to as low as 1 in 1 million.
The image below shows the ‘Potential of Slip’ and ‘Frequency of Slip' (Probability) for various PTV.
*NOTE - Adjust 36 PTV upwards by 1.75 PTV for every one degree of floor slope.
It is suggested: -
There are a number of things that can be considered…
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We can respond within 24 hours, especially in the case of a making a slip injury claim
We conduct on-site tests all across the UK (except Eire/ N. Ireland). The alternative is to send a Floor Sample for Testing where it is practical to do so as we can conduct sample testing for our clients worldwide.