However, it’s imperative to thoroughly test your new slip-resistant flooring before you let anyone else use it. Slippery, unsafe, untested floors are a leading cause of small compensation claims and nasty injuries such as broken bones. For the sake of both your company’s accounts and public health, you need to check that your flooring is fully safe for people to walk on.
By running initial tests, you can stop your flooring from becoming an unintentional hazard and prevent any health and safety issues well in advance for your visitors and employees. It’s also a guarantee of quality – it holds your contractors accountable for delivering what they promised you.
How Can I Test My Slip-Resistant Painted Flooring?
There are two ways to test your painted floor safety to a professional, legally-recognised standard. You can pay a trained third-party technician to verify it for you or use in-house staff to check several vital data points for safety compliance.
The second method might require you to purchase special equipment and training for your employees (such as scientific test pendulums).
A good, safe, pedestrian-ready painted floor should be:
- Rough enough to walk on safely
- As flat as possible (outside of ramps and inclines) – no bumps or ridges
- Able to deliver a high degree of friction resistance to rapid and slow movement
The Pendulum Test
The gold standard for slip-resistant testing is the pendulum drop. This generates what is known as the pendulum test variable (PTV), an accurate overall measure of how slippery the floor is likely to be.
This test uses a metal pendulum that briefly touches the floor when dropped to simulate a foot impact. The swings between two points can be used to measure the friction generated by the slip-resistant flooring to a precise degree. This value is known as the Coefficient of Friction (CoF) or the Slip Resistance Variable (SRV).
By UK law, all walkable painted surfaces must have an SRV-PTV of 0.36 (36) or more to be considered (legally) safe. If your floor is tested post-accident and found not to meet this standard, you may be held liable.
Digital counters and spirit levels can also be used to measure the floor’s relative roughness and fixed angle. Handheld devices can automatically tell you if a surface needs to be repainted, sanded down, or otherwise altered.
You should also perform a careful visual assessment of your painted flooring, as well. A pendulum test might not catch dangers such as ridges, wear and tear, and dips, particularly if it was performed a long time ago or on one isolated part of the flooring.
What Do I Do If My Resin Floor Isn’t Up To Standard?
There are several options to improve the safety of epoxy resin flooring, most of which involve increasing the relative friction generated by the paintwork.
Slip-resistant additives and mixes can be one option if you’re repainting the floor entirely. If not, special surface screeds and finishes can help to reduce slipperiness by adding a slip-resistant top-coat.
Safe Painted Flooring With Central Flooring
At Central Flooring, we pride ourselves on supplying slip-resistant coating that stands the test of time. Our technicians are qualified in making sure that every floor we install is safe, reliable, and great value for money. Call or email us today with your flooring problems, and we will provide a free quote for what we think it would take to bring your flooring up to scratch.
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