The Slips Assessment Tool must be used initially in conjunction with the On Site Floor Pendulum Test, which establishes the true slip resistance; the Pendulum Test establishes a set of baseline values and the SAT / Surface Roughness Values are then aligned with the PTV (Pendulum Test Value)
The SAT software, provided free of charge by the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is downloaded on line and will work on basic PC, laptop etc
The Rz (micron) floor readings taken are entered into the HSE software program and the program asks questions: for example – floor surface type, contamination, footwear used and so on and the program will then output static (not dynamic COF*) indication of the risk of slip on the floor.
*Dynamic COF or 'Coeffient of Friction' is the true value of a heel in motion when walking; static COF is only indicative and should not be relied upon.
Also see the following useful links on the Flooring Assessment Tool or 'SAT'
HSE SAT Info - URL: http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/sat/
HSE FAQ’s on Slips and Trips - URL: http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/sat/faqs.htm