What are the legal requirements for slip testing?
The main legislative requirements with slip resistance extend to:
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) or also known as the National Construction Code (NCC)
Access to Premises Standards 2010
State based Occupation Health and Safety legislations
How often should I test my flooring?
In short there is no legal obligation under the Australian Standards to complete slip testing to any frequency. However where it gets interesting is under Civil Law, Occupiers (including owners of private property and public authorities), have a duty of care toward people coming onto their land. They must take reasonable care to make sure people coming onto their property are not exposed to risks that are likely to cause injury, such as a slip and fall.
Where an occupier can prove that they adhered to an adequate system of inspection and Hazard reduction , this is usually sufficient to discharge their duty of care. On the other hand, if there is evidence that they did not respond quickly enough to reported hazards or failed to carry out sufficient inspections to identify and control risks, they may be liable for any injuries that result.
Generally, the frequency of the slip testing will vary from property to property, and be subject to a risk analysis and your risk management practices of the asset, and advice from your insurance provider. EIC service shopping centres and public spaces across Australia some occupiers have us on a three monthly rotation while others are comfortable with a six monthly or even annual visit.
Why should I get a NATA accredited company to perform slip testing?
NATA stands for National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia and outlines how companies within the body should be operating at national accreditation standards. This is assessed by the service regularly.
Although research has highlighted the reliability of anti-slip methods such as pendulum tests, this will also depend on who is conducting the test. Using services from a company that is NATA accredited not only ensures the test is carried accurately but also that you are supplied with in depth reporting.
Some types of flooring require very specific and varied testing. For peace of mind that you are operating adequate tests consider hiring an accredited professional.
If you are unsure of what is required of your business or are in need of some advice, contact us today. We operate Australia wide guaranteeing a quality NATA accredited service.
What are the Australia Standards for slip testing?
There are a number of national, state-based and even council-based slip resistance requirements in place to manage floor safety in residential, commercial and public spaces. These include requirements within the National Construction Codes, Disability Access Requirements, Workplace Health and Safety legislation, plus certain product standards such as ceramic tiling.
There are a number of Australian Standards and Handbooks which provide best practice in specifying and maintaining the slip resistance of floor surfaces and performance requirements for a number of situations. For specific information you can contact our team to talk with an experienced slip resistance testing consultant.
What is an R rating and what is a P rating? What is the difference between the two?
The different slip ratings refer to surface characteristics in distinct conditions, and do not directly correlate with one another. The R rating is provided when classifying a surface using the oil wet inclining platform test to AS 4586 Appendix D, and the P rating is provided when classifying a surface using the wet pendulum test method to AS 4586 Appendix A. The classifications are used in conjunction with Handbooks from Standards Australia to specify adequate slip resistance for a floor surface.
How much does slip testing cost?
To arrange a quote for your organisation’s individual needs, please contact our team.
How long will a slip test take?
The time required for slip resistance testing and assessment varies depending on the specifics of each project size, type and location. EIC works efficiently and can provide same day service for simple wet and dry slip testing to AS 4586 Appendix A & B.
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