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Slip Resistance Testing

 

Slip Resistance Test Methods are used in the specification * of a surface material for most pedestrian applications:

*NOTE: AUSTRALIAN SLIP RESISTANCE STANDARDS AS 4586 & AS 4663 HAVE BEEN CHANGED AS OF JUNE 28 2013

* Click here for a summary of the recent changes to the standards *

 

While the dry floor friction test is recommended for predominantly dry areas, at least one wet testing method should be used for all external pedestrian surfaces and internal surfaces that have a reasonably foreseeable risk of the presence of wet substances such as water, grease and/or oil.  ATTAR highly recommends that where a ramp test method is specified, a wet pendulum test (Appendix A) also be performed for evaluation of in situ complications such as contamination.

Continuous monitoring of your pedestrian surface through regular testing will ensure the risk of slipping remains known and a responsible risk management plan is maintained. Regular monitoring involves slip resistance testing using either or both methods in AS/NZ 4663 (Dry Floor Friction and/or Wet Pendulum Testing).

With time, a pedestrian surface will deteriorate and become more slippery. You may elect to replace or treat the surface rather than accept the increased risk of slipping. ATTAR’s floor safety services also include independent recommendations on appropriate solutions to either maintain or increase slip resistance properties.

Click here for ATTAR's Slip Testing Story Board

For more information on selecting the appropriate test method, download ATTAR’s helpful guide 'Which Slip Resistance Test?'

* in conjunction with HB 197:1999 “An introductory guide to the slip resistance of pedestrian surface materials”

Click here for more information on ATTAR's partner, Test Slip Australia, providing slip resistance testing services in NSW and ACT