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Tools Essential to Slip Resistance Testing

At Safety Direct America, not only do we specialize in expert floor and tile slip resistance testing both in the lab and in the field, we also offer the finest collection of slip test instruments to help you determine and monitor your slip risk effectively.  National standards-setting organizations including ASTM, ANSI, BSI, ISO, and others all across the world use a specialized set of reliable, peer-reviewed tools to determine the safety of workplace walkways. Here are just a few of the tools we have at our disposal when we perform slip resistance testing. We can also sell you any of these slip resistance test devices.

Pendulum Slip Resistance Tester

The most accepted pedestrian slip resistance test method worldwide, the British pendulum slip resistance tester was validated in 1971 by 3500 test results on walking surfaces obtained from over 25 years of testing. In conjunction with Australian Standards HB198, the British pendulum is used to test the PTV (or Pendulum Test Value), and recommendations are given for more than 27 specific situations, ranging from 12 (completely dry) to 55 (swimming pool ramps and stairs leading to water). Several advantages of the pendulum slip resistance tester include its long history of international acceptance (even in courts), its thorough validation over 50 years, and continuous use since the 70s. Safety Direct America can fully calibrate the pendulum for your use as well.

BOT-3000E Digital Tribometer

Conforming to American National Standard B101.1, ANSI B101.3, and A137.1/A326.3, the BOT-3000E Digital tribometer is the latest in slip resistance testing technology. It can measure both the static and dynamic coefficient of friction of the solid surface it tests and provides a full printout of test parameters and results for record keeping and courtroom use. It can also test both wet and dry conditions. Recalibration is suggested annually through the manufacturer.

Tortus 3

Developed by Wessex Engineering, the Tortus 3 is a slip resistance testing machine capable of assessing floor safety, evaluating floor cleaning materials, investigating accidents, and gathering friction evidence for litigation purposes. It follows standards established by the ISO (ISO 10547-17) as well as Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 4663 2004). The measurements can be printed directly from the device with a timestamp or downloaded as digital datafiles onto a USB drive for analysis.

Need to make your workplace a safer place? Rely on the professionals at Safety Direct America for world-class slip resistance testing. Give us a call as 1-800-988-6721.

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