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Why you should test your floors
Proving due diligence and making every effort to maximise workplace or public safety is critical to avoiding costly litigation.
The law in most countries and territories is pretty clear: Companies have a duty to ensure so far as possible that both work force and customers are reasonably safe on the company’s premises. Failure to comply with the law can lead to criminal and/or civil liability.
Testing floors for slip resistance is the primary method of proving compliance or discovering where health and safety needs to be improved. If you have untested floors in your workplace or public environment and no risk assessment as to the safety of the surface and an accident happens, you are simply negligent.
Safety Direct provide affordable slip resistance testing services for all industries and premesis throughout the UK and internationally and provide health and safety consultancy and risk assessments for slippery surfaces.
Who is Slip Resistance Testing For?
Architects, Specifiers and Installers
Is the floor covering you're specifying safe? Will it pass slip resistance tests? Will the floor become the cause of accidents and leave you in the frame?
Sometimes a tile or covering would appear to meet the required specification, but can you rely on the manufacturers claims? The answer is independent testing. Sometimes the customer may (Or you might be) be dead set on a covering that does not meet specification and fails slip resistance test. We can help.
Property and Facility Owners or Managers
Have you had an slip and fall accident at your property or the property you manage?
After any slip incident you are required by law under the Health and Safety Management Act of 1999 (Risk Assessment) to undertake an investigation to determine the cause and prevent future re-occurrences.
Slip resistance tests are the primary method for establishing whether a floor surface is compliant or not and it is critical that you test your floor after an accident.
If you own or manage a commercial property, all of your floors, new, refurbished and in-use should have a regular slip resistance testing program in place as a legal requirement.
Our program and documentation of identifies if compliance is being met and forms your defence in the event of a slip trip or fall accident that is not your fault.
Are you taking on a safe floor? Do you have a contractual obligation with your client to keep a finish safe and compliant?
As expert witnesses, we have experience of cases where contract cleaners have failed to maintain a previously compliant floor surface. A simple slip resistance test can help you determine whether a floor is safe before you start a contract and further periodic tests will demonstrate your continued compliance and contractual oblibations in the event of a slip incident.
If you’re looking for a company to test the slip resistance of your floors, either you are proactively ensuring the safety of your customers and workforce, or you might have a problem floor. In the latter case, be sure to read about NS21 and our floor treatment service. If you’ve had a slip, trip and fall accident on your premises recently we’re on the end of the phone to talk confidentially about our expert witness service.