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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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Step 1 The Pendulum is very carefully setup in position

(Do you want to learn how to setup and use a Pendulum? Contact FloorSlip about Floor Pendulum training courses)

Step 2 – The Pendulum Swing Arm is released and falls

Step 3 – The ‘Slider’ makes contact with the floor (Just like a heel) - the Pointer is moved along its scale by the Pendulum Swinging Arm

Method of Pendulum Slip Resistance Testing For Floors to BS 7976 and BS 13036-4 - Step 3

The Pendulum Test Results

Depending on how slippery the floor is depends on how far the pendulum swinging arm will travel - The more slippery the floor the further the swinging arm will travel

NOTE - The test is conducted in Dry, Wet and Contaminated conditions where applicable (For example – with cooking oil in a canteen kitchen) and the test must pass in all conditions

Result A – A PTV of 60 is recordedVery good Anti-slip Floor properties

Method of Pendulum Slip Resistance Testing For Floors to BS 7976 and BS 13036-4 - Item A

Result B – A PTV of 36 is recorded The floor just passes the test but any floor slope will reduce this pass mark by approx. 2 PTV for every degree of slope (1.75 Exact)

Method of Pendulum Slip Resistance Testing For Floors to BS 7976 and BS 13036-4 - Item B

Regular maintenance and cleaning of the flloor must be maintained

to ensure the Slip Resistance Value remains at a minimum of 36

Result C – A PTV of 19 is recorded - The floor FAILS the test

It is likely to cause a serious if not fatal Slip Injury if not corrected for.

Method of Pendulum Slip Resistance Testing For Floors to BS 7976 and BS 13036-4 - Item C

WARNING - The Pendulum Test Value (PTV) and the probability of a slip on a floor is not a a linear scale

It is a commonly misunderstood that the PTV scale in relation to Probability of Slip is NOT linear - A PTV of 36 relates to a 1 in 1 Million Probability of Slip but a drop of just 2 PTV to 34 PTV will reduce the ability of the floor to resist slip by 10 times. Go to a PTV of 24 and there is a real likelihood that 1 in  Every 20th person might slip when the floor is WET or Contaminated

Slip on Floor Probability Graph - Slips can be prevented by Pendulum Testing

Is  the Pendulum Test Recognised in a UK Court of Law?

YES - provided the testing is conducted correctly, in accordance with BS7976-2 and UKSRG Guidelines and after receiving the correct Pendulum Training. Otherwise - be warned the equipment may look easy to use but  we can tell you after nearly 10 years of conducting Floor Testing and using the Pendulum in Slip Injury cases that the Pendulum is far from easy to understand and every anomaly can tell a different story.

Please do not be tempted to just buy a Pendulum and do it without training and don’t buy Chinese copies, they may be cheap but it will be an expensive paperweight in no time at all as UK test houses will refuse to calibrate the test equipment -

Trust and buy from the professionals, plus it’s cheaper through FloorSlip for the Equipment and the Training - a new UK Manufactured Pendulum Price is just under £4,000 (+ Delivery Vat) and training starts around (£799 - No VAT)

Can the Pendulum Test demonstrate conclusively if a floor was slippery?

YES it can - Have you had a slip injury and want some advice? Please Contact Us - We deal with personal injury lawyers that specialise in Slip Injury Claims and can advise who might be the best ones to go to in your area.

Please Note - The intent was BS 13036-4 would superseded all parts of BS 7976 (As shown below) but this has yet to be agreed and there is some discussion as to the merits of BS 13036 - 4 over BS 7976 - Therefore, it is accepted that both BS 13036-4 and BS 7976 hold merit and both can still be used for the purpose they were intended for   

BS EN 13036-4: 2011 is available to download at

URL: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030250035


BS 7976 - 1 - Describes the specification of the Pendulum Test equipment

Available to download at  

URL: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030029843

BS 7976 - 2 - Describes the method of conducting Floor Pendulum Testing

Available to download at  

URL: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/SearchResults/?q=BS+7976-2%3a2002&ib=1&snc=Y

BS 7976 - 3 - Describes the Calibration of the Pendulum Test Equipment

Available to download at  

URL: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/SearchResults/?q=BS+7976-2%3a2002&ib=1&snc=Y

Can I Get a Copy of the Floor Testing Standards from FloorSlip?

FloorSlip hold copies of all of the above standards and obviously use them daily in their testing activities and we are often asked to provided copies to clients but we can not and will not do so as we will be in breach of UKSRG and BSI copyright. (http://shop.bsigroup.com/Legal/Copyright/)

We will provide summarised extracts of particular steps to customers and we would ask you to contact us if you require that information.  Alternatively, you can order copies at BSI (British Standards Institute) at the links above or see the Floor Standards Page

Read More about the Pendulum Test and Expected Results

The National USA Floor Safety Institute has determined the

Cost of fraudulent slip claims is £5 Million DAILY and the UK is following the American lead

Listen to this YouTube report on American networks.

Remember - floor slip prevention is far cheaper than the alternative

slip injury claim

Read some examples of UK slip claims and costs associated

See a short Video of setting Up the Pendulum and Conducting the Floor test

A MINIMUM Floor Pendulum Test Value of 36 PTV should always be achieved on a horizontal floor when Dry, Wet or Contaminated to achieve a Floor recognised under UK law and the HSE as safe

Allow an extra 1.75 PTV for each degree of floor slope

Dry Floors rarely fail the Pendulum Test - but Wet Floors often fail and 90% of Slips occur on Wet Floors

What is the Floor Pendulum Test?

The Floor Pendulum Test is an established method to test the slip resistance values of flooring or roads to prove if they are safe. Recognised by the UK HSE and UK Courts, the ‘British Pendulum’ as it often known is an efficient method of floor testing providing reliable and repeatable results  

Description of how the BS 7976-2 and BS 13036-4 Floor Pendulum Test works

To meet HSE Risk Assessments for Floor Safety and to Avoid Slip Injury Claims, the UK HSE recommends (‘expects’) a minimum Pendulum Test Value or ‘PTV’ of 36 is achieved to ensure a floor has a ‘Low Risk of Slip’ when a Floor is WET or CONTAMINATED (where 0 is the worst). Both British Standards BS 7976-2: 2002 (and BS 13036-4: 2013 for roads) describe the method of conducting Floor Pendulum Testing. The HSE Approved Pendulum Test accurately replicates the Dynamical Coefficient of Friction (COF) or in layman's terms ‘Heel Slip’ on floor surfaces; a persons heel is that part of the foot which starts slipping first in most floor slip situations. For more information go to Floor Testing - About (and Prices)

The images below describe simply how the ‘British Pendulum’ floor tests equipment works

Floor Slip Resistance Testing Pendulum Test Flow