The Health and Safety Executive(HSE) states “Floors need to have enough grip for pedestrians to walk safely, but what does this mean? Grip is measured as ‘Coefficient of Friction’. For safe pedestrian walking on the level this should be 0.36 or higher.”
An example of our normal process would be as follows:
Conduct initial co-efficient of friction testing
We firstly conduct initial testing of the floor to ascertain its current slip resistance. All tests are carried out using the Pendulum Slip Meter in accordance with the required standard.
Conduct Pre-application tests
To determine strength & duration of treatment.
Deep Clean to remove surface contamination
Even on new build projects it is essential that the floor is deep cleaned to a high level so as to achieve an even application when applying the treatment. We have a large range of specialist cleaning products and machinery to ensure that treated floors are left in the highest possible standard.
Apply Anti-Slip Treatment
Using the information from the co-efficient of friction and application tests, the anti-slip treatment is applied at the pre-determined dilution rate and exposure time. The floor is then neutralised, rinsed and left to dry.
Apply sealer (optional)
Apply appropriate sealer to prevent future staining, ease onwards maintenance and ensure minimum impact on the slip resistant properties of the flooring.
Issue a Certificate of Conformity
Once the floor has been treated, we again take co-efficient of friction readings to test that the floor has reached the desired standard. Once this testing has been conducted we can then issue a Certificate of Conformity confirming that the floor achieves the ‘Low Potential for Slip’ category. The certificate provides evidence, in the event of any future litigation, that duty of care has been carried out. We offer an onward slip testing service, which can be quarterly or annually, to ensure that the floor remains fit for purpose, these tests monitor the performance and can identify any drop in performance and take remedial action long before it becomes hazardous. A history of test readings indicates excellent duty of care – and becomes invaluable in the event of any claim made.
Issue onwards maintenance guidelines
To ensure the floor remains at the highest standard, both aesthetically and in terms of safety, it is essential that it is maintained correctly. We offer a tailored maintenance schedule after each project and staff training to outline the best methods and products to use on the surface. Our excellent range of products is specifically designed to target the contaminants which are the major contributors in reducing slip resistance.
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