FloorSlip Ltd – Head Office -
UK Specialists in H&S Approved Floor Pendulum Testing for Businesses and Expert Witness Services for Slip Injury Lawyers
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Established for 9 years, FloorSlip only use HSE recommended Floor Testing techniques and only conduct impartial floor testing. We are not allied to any company selling flooring products or floor coatings or any such paraphernalia. We specialise in Pendulum Floor Testing only making us one of the leading commercial authorities on the subject in the UK.
This should give you reassurance that your floor specification meets the minimum floor standards expected by the HSE and you will be in a far stronger legal position should it ever transpire you are sued for a slip and fall accident...
Ideally a PTV of 36 or greater is required on Wet, Dry and floors contaminated with substances relevant to the immediate environment. The HSE informs us something like 90% of slip injury accidents occur on wet floors. However, if a floor can not meet 36 PTV but it can be demonstrated that the floor will remain dry and uncontaminated in all but occasional circumstances where a spill might occur and that spill can be effectively and immediately dealt with and no member of staff or the public will be at risk, then a value of less than 36 PTV ‘might’ suffice. Conversely, if a floor meets 36 PTV but is still felt to0 be slippery, e.g., because of contaminants like engine oil, then additional PTV or more effective cleaning and contamination control might be required.
Currently (2021) BS7976-
It is an unfortunate fact that around 75 to 80% of floors we test do not meet the HSE recommended values for ‘Low Probability of Slip’. If they marginally fail then management of the floor can vastly reduce slip injury accident / claim liability -
The HSE has determined If the government was to step in and change the rules from recommended to required then many businesses would be immediately liable to claims as their floors would not pass floor testing and many fraudulent claims would also arise. (See items 3 and 5 above) Pendulum Floor Testing can virtually eliminate fraudulent slip injury accident claims -
Minimally or even not at all with the correct timing, we are discrete and efficient in our floor testing. We can test out of hours and at 3 am on Sunday of you wish (we offer 24/7 testing at reasonable rates -
YES, we only use floor testing methods recognised by the HSE and conducted to British Standards (BS7976-
As we specialise in Floor Testing, we are able to streamline our business to that specialism and that is how we can afford to keep the floor testing prices low. We also keep our overheads low and we also believe the cost of the floor testing is overpriced from some companies. The test takes about 2-
Probably, if it shines, it’ll be slippery when wet; if its very smooth or glossy, again it will be slippery when wet. The images below shows various floors typically found in office receptions, schools, shopping centres, hotel bathrooms, kitchens with a normal Pendulum Test Value of 50 when dry -
That depends on what the floor is used for, the amount of traffic, and if it is possible to maintain it mainly in a DRY condition (also read more about this in ALARP). The HSE / HSL has calculated a minimum recommended (and expected) Pendulum Test Value of 36 PTV on a horizontal floor (zero degrees) reduces the probability of slip to 1 in a million but this must be achieved on dry floors, wet floors and floors contaminated with substances relevant to the floor environment such as blood, cooking oil, talcum powder, grease, engine oil, diesel or urine. A drop of just 2 PTV to 34 will raise the chances of slip by 10 times.
Probably, if it shines, it will generally be slippery, but if its textured (Like the image below) then the chances are far better that it will be less slippery -
The purpose of the Floor Slip Pendulum Test is to check the floors to ascertain they are safe and meet the HSE recommendation on Floor Safety. The floor testing is conducted using British Standards (BS7976-
Use the 4 STEP ACTION PLAN (See below) to prevent floor slip accidents occurring: -
FloorSlip can provide Floor Sample Tests and / or arrange Ramp Testing before a floor is laid. This simple action of Floor Sample Testing is highly recommended if you are at the stage of specifying a new floor or a floor surface type in new building and can save you many thousands of pounds for the sake of a few hundred pounds.
Unfortunately, too much onus is placed on the aesthetics of a floor with too little impetus considered as to the grip potential and its ability to prevent floor slip injuries -
If it’s a ‘turnkey’ building, make sure the flooring specifications are available and meet your requirements and you have a copy of the specs and current floor testing certificates before you accept the building.
Get a slip test carried out to check flooring supplied has the same slip resistance potential as floor samples tested. Flooring manufacturers changing manufacturing processes or raw material supplies can inadvertently cause changes in the slip resistance properties of the floor. Pendulum Testing will identify any shortcomings immediately.
Include in your Risk Management Plan regular monitoring of floor surface roughness. This simple test can detect possible early changes in the floor friction preventing floss of the slip resistant properties that might otherwise go unnoticed . This is not the same as Pendulum Testing and the results of Surface Roughness Checks alone are not sufficient to be used in a court of law but it is quick and sensitive to minor changes and therefore quite reliable. It is also cheaper for us to implement on your behalf . FloorSlip Ltd can setup a regular monitoring regime for you -
We recommend setting up a contract to get FloorSlip to conduct formal annual Pendulum Testing, this will provide you with a formal floor test certificate which you can:
(a) Present to your insurance companies and possibly help lower liability premiums, particularly if you have had a slip accident claim in the past.
(b) Which can be displayed in reception areas to put off those who would seek to gain money through fraudulent floor slip and fall claims. We will also provide stickers to place around different areas
The main floor tests are: -
(Testing the Coefficient of Friction), which can test floors for actual grip potential as opposed to an approximation and suitable in a court of law for personal claim injuries
to determine floor slipperiness on an inclined floor in wet, dry and contaminated floor conditions; these are generally performed off site via floor sample tests before a floor covering is chosen and give a variety of readings for a person wearing safety shoes or in bare feet, so floor manufacturers and those persons specifying floors can also consider, for example, what floor type is required for a swimming pool -
ONLY THE ABOVE 2 TESTS ARE ADMISSIBLE IN UK COURTS OF LAW
determines how coarse a floor surface is and gives an indication of what anti slip properties a floor ‘may’ have. Floor surface roughness can only be approximated to the Coefficient of Friction and different slip risk characteristics will be seen on different floor types for the same Rz Readings (An average of a number of floor surface readings)
uses a trolley rolled down an inclined ramp. Depending on how far the trolley travels when it comes into contact with the flooring surface will give an indication of heel slip and is reported to be equated to the action of a pedestrians heel slipping on a floor.
are self powered trolleys that drag themselves across the floor surface, measuring the Coefficient of Friction as they move.
use a weighted rubber slider, which is dragged across a floor surface to give a read out.