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UK Specialists in H&S Approved Floor Pendulum Testing for Businesses and Expert Witness Services for Slip Injury Lawyers
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Has a DIN R Rating of a Minimum of R11 (Ideally R12 or R13 for slopes) in shod environments (Scroll down for further information)
Has a DIN ABC Rating of ‘C’ in wet floor environments (bare foot areas such as pools) (Scroll down for further information)
Has a MINIMUM PTV (Or Pendulum Test Value) Rating of 36 when WET
(The DRY rating is irrelevant -
Can pass a Floor Sample Pendulum Test BEFORE a floor is laid
Can pass the a Pendulum Test AFTER a floor is laid
PROVE the slip resistance potential to meet HSE requirements through Pendulum Testing conducted to BS7976-
e) Are not based on very nasty non eco friendly acid etch floor coating using hydrofluoric acid
Many floors are slip resistant as a result of the material the floor or floor coatings are made from, unfortunately that same material type tends to wear out quite quickly and it is not unusual for floors to fail pendulum tests within 6 months of the original floor slip test pass!
*The HSE / HSL has also recognised this ‘misadvertising’ issue with shoes where an advertiser will inform that a shoe is anti-
Our section on floor slip ratings describes this more completely but briefly if your floor has an R9 or R10 rating (and in some cases even R11) then the floor will FAIL the Pendulum Test -
All of this information can provide misleading results in contaminated and wet floor conditions. FloorSlip recommends the following 4 STEP ACTION PLAN to prevent floor slip accidents occurring at any time.....
Get a Pendulum Test carried out to check the floors supplied are of the same grip potential as the floor sample tested. It is not uncommon for floor manufacturers to change the manufacturing process or the constituent materials causing a change in the slip resistance properties of the floor. Also rebadging of other suppliers products does sometimes occur.
We can monitor your floors on a regular basis to ascertain levels of wear and help you assess the potential for a floor slip accident using Floor Sample Test surface roughness testers. Note -
Setup a contract to get FloorSlip to conduct formal annual Pendulum Testing, which will provide you with a floor test certificate which you can: -
(a) Present to your insurance companies and which will help lower liability premiums, particularly if you have had a slip accident claim.
(b) Display in entrance lobbies to deter possible false slip injury claims.
FloorSlip recommend reading the Health & Safety Executive Report ‘Assessment of slips safety information/ literature provided by flooring and footwear suppliers’ at http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr747.pdf
It might be sensibly reasoned where a floor does not meet the correct slip resistance values specified by the HSE that non slip shoes could compensate for the floor slip issue.
Unfortunately, like floors, many shoes ‘claiming’ to have anti slip properties do not have the required slip resistance to prevent a sip accident, the words on the packaging are often there for marketing purposes. Additionally the HSE has also concluded the Standards shoes are tested to (Including BS) are lenient or may only refer to the tread pattern and not the slip resistance and unlikely to be of use to deter a court awarding an accident claim to a floor slip victim.
If a car salesman tells you a Car is Fast, you would want to know HOW FAST and can they PROVE IT. The same can be said of flooring -
And how do you prove if a floor is slippery or not?
By Floor Pendulum Testing either on-
Many floors and floor coatings are NOT fit for the purpose of preventing floor slips (Though many suppliers will tell you they are!). The majority of floor types available either in builders merchants, DIY Stores or through the trade DO NOT not give information in floor specification sheets or on the packaging as to the ability to prevent floor slips and eliminate personal injury claims. And those suppliers that do provide information claiming the flooring to be ‘slip resistant’ rarely identify the specification tested to or are spurious tests not recognised by the Health & Safety Executive. Information supplied might say ‘Fit for Bathroom use’ which could indicate the flooring is waterproof but not necessarily slip resistant, particularly when wet or contaminated, which can only be truly proven through Pendulum Testing.
The markings you should be looking for: -