FAQ Slip Testing Questions
A slip test provides an audit of the slip resistance at a given point of time. We suggest to test these areas as they are not covered by CCTV and generally have a different cleaning regime in place compared to other areas of the property. Shopping Centres, Airports, Schools, Office buildings; businesses that have amenities for the public to use, generally take this approach.
Yes. Retirement villages and residential strata companies typically would require a slip test for their insurance requirements.
Insurance companies typically conduct risk assessments of the property when providing insurance. A slip test in accordance to the AS would generally be taken into consideration by the insurance company as part of their review of the risk profile of the individual property.
We suggest conducting a slip test in the back of house areas, cool room, loading dock, shop entrance and front of house areas for customers. Refer to your insurance provider for further advice and the lease agreement with your landlord.
Cleaning regimes and wear on the floor surfaces in food court areas are typically characterise as being different to the common mall area. We suggest the slip testing process be reflective of the risk profile for the food court compared to the other common mall areas of the building. Refer to your insurance provider for further advice.
Cool rooms & cold store areas are no different to other areas of the business. Constant wear and tear on the surface over time will change the characteristics of the original installed flooring. By understanding the slip resistance of the floor will assist you in whether you should take further action on the existing flooring or not.
We recommend conducting a slip test in the areas where the public walk through and associated back of house areas where staff work and traverse. While most fruit and vegetable businesses have risk management procedures in place associated to the risk, a slip test of the floor surface at a given point of time will assist the business in demonstrating your risk for your customers and staff.
Typically, markings within car parks are designed to assist with pedestrian traffic movements, within these defined zones. Car park areas are no different to other areas of the property and are typically expose to the weather. We suggest conducting a slip test in these areas on a regular basis. Refer to your insurance provider for further advice.
Generally, the frequency of the slip testing will vary from property to property, be subject to your own risk review, your risk management practices of the asset and advice from your insurance provider. In managing risk in today’s environment, for the relatively small financial amount to conduct a slip test, you have completed the 1st step in understanding the slip-resistance of your property and the associated risks involved.
Generally speaking, the wet pendulum tests are used for external areas and those areas of the building where there is a likelihood of the surface being contaminated by rain, typically in the ingress/egress of the defined customer pathways. Dry testing via a floor friction tester, are used on internal and smooth areas which are typically presented in dry scenario. Refer to your insurance provider for further details.