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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Floor Slip Pendulum Testing evaluates on site if the floors in your shop, office, factory or school or any floor walked on by employee, patient, visitor or student are safe to prevent slips on floors
The HSE has reported Floor Slip Injury Claims costs businesses £1.4 million PER DAY and an average slip injury claim is around £15,000; we can tell you it is not uncommon to see injury claims in excess of this with injury lawyer costs!!
Why not Contact FloorSlip Today and let us prove your floors are safe; we don’t charge anything to discuss your requirements and our floor testing prices for the special ism we offer are very competitive
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FloorSlip can arrange to operate at unusual hours such 5 a.m. or 10 p.m. to ensure minimum disruption to your business. We often test on the weekends for the same reasons. Our costs are the same regardless of the time you specify unless the testing means an overnight stay is required then a small nominal fee will be included in the bill.
Once on site the floor testing operative will conduct a risk assessment of the floor surfaces you are concerned about. We will determine wear, cleanliness and slip potential hazards and will determine if the floor type is appropriate to the activity & environment it is used for. The operative will also advise on methods to prevent slips, trips and falls. If the testing is as a result of a slip injury claim then additional questions will be asked and detailed assessments of the site, the slip locus, how the slip accident occurred etc and photographs will be taken. All this evidence forms the basis of an Expert Witness Court Compliant Reports
Pendulum Testing will be carried out which is an HSE approved floor test to determine if the floors actually meet the minimum floor safety requirements expected by the HSE .
The pendulum test will be conducted in accordance with 3 standards (1) BS 7976-
Also known, in technical terms, as the ‘dynamic coefficient of friction’ (COF) or in layman's terms as the Pendulum Test value or PTV, the Pendulum Slip Test replicates the action the heel of a shod foot or a bare foot makes when walking; heel slip having been evaluated as the main cause of slip & fall accidents.
Post the test at this test spot, the results will be recorded and a PASS / FAIL recorded. The tests are carried out in WET, DRY and where relevant, contaminated conditions; the HSE expect the floor to achieve 36 PTV, which relates to the minimum value to get a Low Risk Of Slip; any less than 36 PTV (when WET) is regarded as a failure and the business will probably be expected to either take corrective action to increase the floor slip resistance, or maybe manage the environment to cut out the likelihood that the floor will get wet.
At each test spot location, post the Pendulum Test, a non damaging floor surface roughness test will be carried out using an electronic portable surface roughness tester (Surtronic Duo). This piece of floor test equipment measures down to 1 millionth of a metre (1 micron) the distance between the peaks and valleys of the microscopic pitting of your floor surfaces. The purpose of this floor test is to give a broad indication of your general floor roughness (The Rz Readings) -
Once FloorSlip has evaluated your floors and if they show poor grip potential, the representative will offer flooring advice suggestions for corrective action and possibly discuss the likes of floor cleaning regimes, floor coatings or possible options available from flooring companies. Typical alternative flooring might be non slip tiles or using floor coatings such as anti slip paint or non slip acid etching. Overall, the slip resistance of flooring depends heavily on the flooring surface used and the floor coatings applied – for example marble floors, lino floors and wood or concrete flooring all have different floor friction properties and consideration has to be given as to which floor coatings will have the correct adhesion and interaction properties and in the environment they are meant for.
Once recovery of your floor surfaces grip potential has been restored it is then recommend it is: followed up by a formal floor test (Pendulum Slip Test) and conducted as soon as possible
The FloorSlip representative will return the results to Head Office where they will be independently audited for correctness. A Floor Slip Test Certificate will then be issued.The certificate is valid for 12 months from date of test. It is not possible to issue the certificate for longer than this period as floor surfaces wear out, particularly under high footfall such as shopping centres and office receptions and in some cases we may recommend 6 monthly checks.
It is therefore recommended your floors are Pendulum Tested every 12 months; this action will also satisfy your liability insurance company and give you peace of mind in a court of law that you have done your utmost to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Upon request, FloorSlip can provide example of Test Reports and CPR / Court compliant Reports -