Floor Slip Testing

What is a Floor Pendulum Slip Test?

The British Pendulum Slip Test has been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a reliable and robust test to provide accurate analysis on the slip potential of all types of flooring. This slip test can be used to portray barefoot and shod foot (shoes), dependent on the area the tile is to be used – for example bathroom or reception area.

See a Pendulum Test in Action


The testing is based on a swinging, imitation heel sweeping 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.

A total of 15 swings is conducted in three directions and the average provides an overall PTV. Below is the table used to interpret the reading attained from the pendulum slip tests results which in turn indicates the floors slip potential:

25 and Below High Potential for Slip
26 to 35 Moderate Potential for Slip
36+ Low Potential for Slip

Floor Slip Testing and the Law

Do you know what the law says about slippery floors?

All tests are subject to British Standard BS7976 and BS-EN 14231 ensuring the method of operation and apparatus is calibrated annually.  Guidelines issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines and steps set out by the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) are followed.

A detailed report, results and if the floor passes, a certificate of conformity for floor safety, will be provided. Should the results fall below the HSE guidelines for low slip potential, bespoke solutions and recommendations will be issued.

In-Situ or Sample Tile Testing

We’re able to accommodate and carry out testing in a range of locations and situations. If you have a bath, shower tray or floor we can bring along the fully mobile pendulum apparatus to carry out the slip test.

For new projects, our in-house laboratory allows us to conduct tests of floor samples for a small fee to ensure all new floors will meet HSE regulations once laid. This ultimately may save time and money in resolving slip issues once the floor is laid.

Get in touch and book a test today.

Bath pendulum

Anti-Slip Treatment Options

Our anti-slip treatment is controlled to achieve the maximum level of grip (36+ PTV in wet and dry conditions) with the minimum impact to the floor’s aesthetics. Different characteristics of floors, (porosity, density etc) combined with the operational use requires tailored applications. Due to the complexity of the treatment – our fully trained teams would be required to apply the treatment to your floor.

Enquire about our floor slip testing service