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Slippery Situations

In this article, we will discuss how to assess the slip resistance of London flooring. This is of utmost importance for the safety of all of us – did you know that every three minutes a slip or trip accident occurs? These two are the most common reason behind serious injuries at work – over 1/3 of the reported accidents have happened because of such slippery scenario. London flooring contractors are obliged to make sure they specify the suitable flooring for a particular working environment in order to decrease the number of accidents.

  • When speaking of the cases where the need for safety London flooring solution is identified, contractors have to point out a product that meets Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as well as the European Standard requirements. Did you know how slip resistance is measured? London flooring specialists share that they use the Pendulum test – it measures the coefficient of friction of a London flooring surface and the results are used to figure out the slip potential classification.
  • But what is the pendulum test value (PTV)? Flooring professionals in London explain that 36 or higher is classified as low risk slip. Example of such floor is clean, dry flooring. When a floor is wet, manufacturers quote the PTV because that is typically the most common condition in that such floors are used. As an additional indication of slip risks with different contaminants professionals use micro surface roughness measurements. For instance, a floor in wet conditions with roughness of 20 microns indicates a low risk. There are some contaminants such as oils that require a higher surface roughness.
  • The standard that ensures the sustainability of slip resistance in London vinyl flooring is N 13845 – a European standard that concerns PVC floors with particle enhanced slip resistance. The requirements that have to be met so a floor provides efficient slip resistance are specified in this standard. When a certain floor is manufactured and tested according to this standard it is classified ESf. When barefoot use is expected Class ESb is used.
  • There is a number of ramp based tests that should be quoted by manufacturers – DIN51033 is applied to both smooth and safety flooring and is widely used in Europe; DIN51097 is used for products in barefoot application. The scale for classification is from R9 to R13 (the latter is the highest). London flooring professionals warn that sometimes there is confusion as a safety floor achieves at least R10 or higher but not all R10 flooring solutions are safety floors. This is why it is so important to discuss these specifics with the manufacturer depending on the requirements of the project.

Make sure you know all the details and don’t forget to provide a good cleaning regime and maintain the London flooring properly – if you are cautious when choosing your floor, no slip accidents would appear!

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