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Pendulum Slip testing at Bristol Cathedral .
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WHY DO FLOORS FAIL.

The choice of flooring specified within the various areas of a facility is one of the most important factors in preventing slip and fall accidents.  Many factors should be considered when selecting flooring materials - cost, aesthetics, maintenance requirements, cleaning regimes, products and equipment and most importantly the floors function within the facility.

With these factors in mind, time should be taken to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each flooring material that has been proposed to be used in the project.

Flooring materials should not contain any ridges or have any irregularities that cause an uneven surface or elevation which could be classed as a trip hazard.  The flooring material should have a smooth surface without being slippery.

The coefficient of friction should also be tested on flooring materials to record the traction characteristics and gather sufficient data on the slip resistance of the material under a range of conditions and gather sufficient data on the slip resistance of the material under a range of conditions as floor specifiers do not take into account contaminates introduced during construction, degradation, use or wear of the floor, all of which can significantly affect the actual resistance to slips.  Errors can be greatly reduced by testing floor samples to identify the correct product for its intended use.

The preferred method of measuring the COF is the Pendulum Slip Tester which gives reliable results in wet, oily or greasy conditions under which most reported slip accidents occur.  This should be carried out by a trained, certified operator to ensure the test measurement is reliable.

The location and environment is another critical factor when specifying flooring materials.  It is important to review the manufacturer's ratings and warnings to ensure that a flooring material is used in a compatible environment.  For example, high traffic areas such as entrances and exits should be reviewed periodically to ensure the areas perform under a range of conditions including wet and snowy conditions and that they maintain a high coefficient of friction.

If the flooring material does not perform under certain conditions and has a low coefficient of friction, steps must be taken to remediate the situation, for example applying a slip resistant coating or treatment to dramatically increase the slip resistance of the areas concerned.

Inadequate floor maintenance is another area which needs to be addressed.  All flooring will wear during its life-cycle and failure to repair defects can lead to injuries.  Improper cleaning regimes and the use of incorrect or overuse of cleaning products can turn a safe floor into a safety risk.  Products should only be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations as inappropriate use of cleaning products can reduce the slip-resistant rating of a floor.  It is important to ensure that cleaning products used on a floor surface are compatible and application instructions are carefully followed.  Once the appropriate cleaning product has been specified to clean the surface they should be applied in the exact manner written in the manufacturer's directions.

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So what can we do to prevent these types of accidents?
The HSE advise that all floors should be tested for their slip resistance and the only method that they recommend is by the use of a ‘Pendulum Slip Test’.
The ‘Pendulum Slip Tester’ is a portable calibrated testing machine that stimulates the sole of a shoe coming into contact with the floor and gives accurate measurement indicating whether a floor is liable to cause a slip accident in wet, dry or contaminated conditions.  The Pendulum testing requires access to approximately 1m² of floor surface and the time required to conduct a site assessment of a single area is around 15 to 30 minutes.  During this time the measurement of surface friction are recorded.  A full risk assessment is conducted using all available information.  Photos of the site and pendulum are taken both for reference and evidence.

The benefits of this approach is threefold.  Firstly we achieve our goal by ensuring that our risk assessments are deemed ‘Suitable & Sufficient’ with regards floors as they will have a ‘Low Slip potential’ in wet, contaminated or dry conditions. Secondly we are ensuring that we do not breach our duty of care with regards ‘Negligence.’ Finally as a result of reducing ‘Risk’ we can reduce our insurance premium in light of the new low level of risk achieved.  
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Hi Russell welcome to the group , Just you and me at the moment but I do intend to change that, please feel free to invite people to join who are in the industry, just so you can see my background i will place some links to companies i am involved with check them out and please post your website if you have one.

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The Pendulum measures the frictional resistance between a rubber slider mounted on the end of a pendulum arm and the test surface. This provides highway and flooring engineers with a routine method of checking the resistance of wet and dry surfaces to slipping and skidding.  The pendulum arm has a spring-loaded rubber slider on the pendulum foot.  The Pendulum device is placed on the portion of the road/floor surface to be tested.  It is then levelled, and the height of the centre of suspension of the pendulum is adjusted to a fixed value which is read on a special guage.  The pendulum is then released from its horizontal position, to swing down freely until the rubber slider contacts the test surface. As the slider travels across the surface for a fixed distance, the pendulum is slowed and a frictionally-constrained pointer affixed to the pendulum arm measures the highest point in the pendulum arc.  The position of the pointer is then read on a measuring arc graduated from 0 to 150.  Pointer readings indicate the resistance to skidding of the test surface.

Pendulum results should be interpreted using the information provided in the table below.


High slip potential                            0 - 24
Moderate slip potential                   25 - 35
Low slip potential                           36 +

The Health & Safety Executive state that slips, trips and falls cost the UK on average £800m per year and that workplace deaths are triggered by falls from height than any other cause, according to official statistics and these accidents most often occur when floor systems are contaminated with water, oil, grease and other contaminates.

At a time when both businesses and individuals are struggling financially during the current recession trips and falls are having a serious financial impact on the UK.

The laws stated below requires that floors must have adequate slip resistance to protect people against the risks of trips and falls. 

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work.  This includes taking steps to control slips and trip risks.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstruction.  People must be able to move around safely.


The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 builds on HSWA and includes duties on employers to assess risks including slip and trip risks and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety.


Research was carried out by HSL, in conjunction with the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) and the British Standards Institution to develop a reliable and robust testing method to assess floor surfaces in workplace and public areas.  

Research confirmed the pendulum to be a reliable and accurate test, leading to its adoption as the standard HSE test method for the assessment of the floors surface in dry and contaminated conditions.  However, to use it reliably needs a suitably trained and competent person to operate it and to interpret the results.
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Are your Floors Safe or High Risk Areas?
According to statistics from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the single most common cause of injuries at work, and account for over a third of all major work injuries.
They cost employers over £512 million a year in lost production and other costs and account for over half of all reported injuries to members of the public.
All employers, visitors, members of the public and contractors who are in the workplace are at equal risk.  With workplace insurances only able to cover a part of the costs, the costs to employers of legal actions resulting from falls can be considerable.
Due to changes in the litigation law in recent years, solicitors have been offering a ‘no win no fee’ service, which appears (on the surface), to be generating tendency amongst individuals to pursue claims of negligence.
Over 10,000 workers suffered serious injury due to a slip or trip last year.  The average claim for an accident where ‘Negligence’ was proven cost the employer £15,000. 
But with a little time, thought and common sense, this type of accident could be greatly reduced.  As employers and businesses we all have a ‘Duty of care’ towards our employees and others affected by our undertakings while carrying out our business.
There are three pieces of legislation that place a general duty on employers to reduce the risk of accidents to their employees, which includes slips and trips.
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, which requires the employer to ensure the safety of all who are affected by their work.
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992, which emphasise the need for the employer to carry out risk assessments and to have effective control measures in place.  It also includes the need for effective planning, control measures, continuous monitoring and a reviewing process that evaluates the measures that have been adopted to reduce the risks.
Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992, which places specific duties on the employer such as, organised traffic routes, where pedestrians operate, suitable flooring for the operation that is carried out to prevent slips, good housekeeping policies and buildings that are easy to clean and maintain.
The floor in a workplace must be suitable for the type of work activity that will be taking place on it.  Where a floor can’t be kept dry, people should be able to work on the floor without fear of a slip despite any contamination that may be on it.  
Quite simply, if your risk assessment for ‘Slips and Trips’ does not include the HSE recommended guidance a court could argue that your assessment is not deemed to be ‘Suitable and Sufficient’ as stated in legislation, and therefore employers could be liable under the ‘Duty of Care’ principle and therefore negligent.
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