Measuring Pedestrian Surfaces for Slip Resistance
With the variety of designs, materials and applications, not all floor surfaces are appropriate for all conditions. Wear from heavy traffic or environmental conditions can also degrade a previously safe surface to the point where it poses a hazard. This risk needs to be identified and rectified before an accident can occur.
What is Slip Testing? The term “Slip Testing” covers several methods used to determine how much a surface contributes to the risk of slipping. The most versatile of these is the Wet Pendulum test method, which allows both pre installation testing of tiles and similar floor surfaces as well as in situ testing of surfaces such as asphalt and textured coatings.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What recognised standard method is used to evaluate the slip resistance of surfaces?
Two Australian standards are used for this purpose. AS/NZS 4586 Appendix A is used for the classification of new pedestrian surfaces, and AS/NSZ 4663 Appendix A is used for existing surfaces.