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We offer slip testing for floors using a pendulum slip-testing device.

HSE-Approved method of floor testing ensures that you are compliant and keeping you, your staff and your visitors safe by preventing slips and trips.  Imitating the action of the heel of the foot, the pendulum is well established as a world leader in its field. Originally designed in the 1940s in America, the instrument was further developed in the 1960s at the UK Transport Research Laboratory (TRRL) at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

How Does it Work?

The Pendulum measures the frictional resistance between a rubber slider mounted on the end of a pendulum arm and the test surface. This provides 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 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 gauge. 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.

On-Site Testing

We carry out these tests on your premises, and provide full certification for the findings.  If there are remidial actions which could improve the slip resistance these will be suggested to increase your safety standards even further.

Further Information

Read further information on pendulum floor testing HSE website or watch the video on the link below: