Floor Slip Testing

What is a Floor Pendulum Slip Test?

The British Standard Pendulum Slip Test (BS7976) 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 and is completed in wet and dry conditions.

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 (0 degrees, 45 degrees and 90 degrees) and the average provides an overall PTV.

Once the average PTV is obtained the number is then assessed against the following scale to indicate the floors slip potential:

24 and below  – High Potential for Slip

25 – 35 – Moderate Potential for Slip

36+ – Low Potential for Slip

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.

Sample Tile Testing

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.

British Standard Pendulum Slip Test (BS7976) – requires one tile sample (minimum 200mm x 200mm). Tiles are tested in three directions.

European Testing – CE Marking – BS – EN 14231 is testing for natural stone  – this testing requires 6 x samples of 200mm x 200mm tiles. This is testing in two directions (0 degrees and 180 degrees).

This offers full results before the tile is specified, providing you peace of mind the tile will be fit for purpose.


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