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Slip Resistance

Wet Pendulum test machine - The Pendulum is swung across the surface 5 times, with the average result recorded (SRV).

Slip testing and results for all Premium Products are performed in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4586, and in line with the relevant Hand Book HB198:2014. All products are tested using the Wet Pendulum method, as prescribed in the standard. This method is universal, quick to perform, and mobile, so results can be easily compared, and tests can be performed on site if necessary.

The test results in a “P” number which is referenced in the Hand Book and Building Code of Australia (BCA). The higher the P number the more slip resistant is the surface. This system is used in preference to the Wet Ramp method (R rating) due to its relevance and ease, and International acceptance. All test are performed by a certified 3rd party body, and a Certificate produced for each type of product.

The test results are affected by the surface texture and gloss level of the product being tested, as such, multiple Certificates may be provided within a single product category to reflect the different surface specifications of these products eg: Semi-Gloss vs Matt Lacquer.

Table A - slip resistance

The flooring is always tested wet, it is assumed that the performance of dry flooring will be superior. In general, a P3 result is considered suitable for most commercial and domestic applications. Table A is a summary of test results for our flooring products, including stair nosing’s. Table B is an excerpt from the BCA providing a basic overview of slip performance requirements in different areas.

Please be aware that the BCA requires all dry internal stair treads or nosing’s to achieve a P3 rating or higher as per this excerpt from the BCA in table C.

When P1 or P2 flooring is used on stairs, a P3 nosing should be used, or alternatively the stair nose treated with Safety Stride non-slip tape (Fine Textured Resilient Clear), which achieves a P4 rating.

Table B - slip resistance

Table C - slip resistance