Surface slip resistance testing
Floor safety is one of the greatest OH&S hazards and should be rigorously tested through surface slip resistance testing.
Ecoshield strongly recommends testing of your flooring through Environmental Innovations Company Pty Ltd. EIC perform slip testing Australia wide and are NATA accredited to AS 4663 and AS 4586.
Surface Slip resistance test methods
The two most commonly specified and used slip resistance test methods are:
Oiled inclining platform test — as described as an option in AS 4586-2013. This is a laboratory only test and can only apply to new material surfaces intended to be installed in or on a pedestrian walkway. Instead of water, an amount of motor oil is placed on the test surface and two test persons wear safety boots rather than barefoot.
Pendulum test method — can be used for new surfaces as per AS 4586-2013 but also more importantly for existing surfaces in-situ testing. The Pendulum wet and dry testing is the most widely used assessment procedure in Australia. It simulates moving surface contact with rubber test feet called ‘sliders’. Because slips occur in the wet condition and many floor surfaces permit the ponding of water, the standardised test is carried out in wet conditions.
Eliminate slip and trip potential
Surface slip resistance testing can eliminate slip and trip potential. The cited Australian Standards indicate wet slip resistance requirements for a range of surfaces, including:
- Hotels, offices, public buildings, schools and kindergartens
- External ramps and pavements
- Supermarkets and shopping centres
- Loading docks, commercial kitchens, cold stores, serving areas
- Swimming pools and sporting facilities
- Hospitals and aged care facilities
- Private residential buildings
A valuable safety assurance
Surface slip resistance testing is a valuable safety assurance for:
- Architects and specifiers
- Insurance companies
- Law firms
- Loss adjusters
- Landlords and tenants of commercial properties
- General public
- Floor surfacing contractors
For further information, please contact Environmental Innovations Company