Pendulum Slip Testing - Are Your Floors Safe?

We carry out pendulum slip testing services throughout the UK

Enviro-Safe28 UK will provide you with a floor slip risk assessment service that’s both detailed and fully compliant with HSE regulations. 

We use the latest equipment and our technicians are fully trained and qualified to test to BS7976 which is the method of Operation and Calibration of the Pendulum Tester. We follow all of the procedures outlined in BS 7976 at all the sites where we carry out slip testing . BS 7976 is the preferred methodology for slip testing by The HSE and consists of using a Portable Pendulum Skid Tester. Full certification and detailed report is provided after testing.

Some of the places that we test include bars, factories, kitchens, offices, swimming pools, transport hubs, retail shops and reception areas, plus many more. We can test any type of surface! 

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause over a third of all major injuries and over 40% of all reported injuries to members of the public. HSE statistics suggest that most of these accidents are slips, most of which happen when floor surfaces are contaminated (water, talc, grease, etc). Research by HSL for HSE has shown that a combination of factors can contribute to slip accidents. 

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 19921 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People must be able to move around safely. Research carried out by HSL, in conjunction with the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) and the British Standards Institution, has shown that commercially available, portable scientific test instruments can accurately assess the slipperiness of flooring materials.

Pendulum slip testing

Pendulum value Slip Risk
0 - 24 High Risk
25 - 35 Moderate Risk
36 - 64 Low Risk
65 plus Extremely Low Risk

The pendulum CoF test (also known as the portable skid resistance tester, the British pendulum, and the TRRL pendulum is the subject of a British Standard, BS 7976: Parts1-3, 2002.2.

The method is based on a swinging, imitation heel (using a standardised rubber soling sample), which sweeps over a set area of flooring in a controlled manner. The slipperiness of the flooring has a direct and measurable effect on the pendulum test value (PTV) given.

The minimum requirement for low slip risk of 36 PTV (Pendulum Test Value) is needed on all floors, and higher if a floor is going to get wet or become greasy.

Research has confirmed the pendulum to be a reliable and accurate test, so HSE has adopted it as its standard test method for assessing floor slipperiness in both dry and contaminated conditions.

The pendulum classifications given in the table shown are based on the use of a standardised soling material, known as Four-S rubber (‘standard simulated shoe sole’), developed by HSL and the UKSRG). This material was designed to represent footwear materials of ‘average’ slip resistance; use of more or less slippery soling materials may affect the overall potential for slip.

Following the onsite test we will issue you with a full report detailing our findings and recommendations.

Don't put your staff, visitors and your organisation at risk - Conduct a slip test!

Enviro-Safe28 UK can also apply a non slip coating to your floor should this be required following the results.

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