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SLIP TESTING: ASSESSING THE RISK

slip testing assessing the risk

Your first step is to assess the risk along with relevant personnel; it may be appropriate to incorporate the outcome from your slip tests into a risk matrix. This will require you to determine the likelihood of a slip occurring (from your test results) and the consequence of injury. If you are unsure about the consequence of the injury, assume the worst – after all, falls from slips and trips constitute a large and costly public health problem in Australia with estimated health system costs to the public from related injuries being $1.28 billion per annum. This exceeds the cost of road injuries.


Australian standard AS 4663:2013 provides methods of measuring the frictional characteristics of existing installations, and may be used as part of an overall risk assessment procedure. It may also be used for evaluating the effects of surface treatments, including sealers, polishes and etchants which change surface characteristics.


Selecting the right test areas and appropriate method/s is the first step in constructing a suitable risk assessment. The choice of location/s as well as the number and type of tests must provide a complete and accurate representation of the site, and is dependent on the number of different flooring materials present as well as the probability of a range of contamination or exposure conditions, and nature of any anticipated activities.


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