In the early 1990’s ATTAR provided expert advice on a slip case which resulted in the largest ever payout for personal injuries due to a slip incident in Australia. The draft Australian Standard introduced in this case had initially been drawn up by ATTAR prior to establishment of a Standards Australia committee. Today, with over 30 years experience in the field, we work with Clients on product compliance, risk assessment and risk mitigation programs to ensure that they meet their ‘Duty of Care’ requirements.
Slips, trips and falls are a major health and safety concern in Australia due to their high rate of occurrence in the workplace and public areas. Slip testing is the first step in the risk management process to reduce, if not eliminate, as best as practicable the probability of personal injury and potential litigation. ATTAR’s extensive capability allows for in-house and in-situ testing. All reports are issued within 24 hours of testing and are NATA approved. Our reports include a complete interpretation of results and are signed by dual signatories (approved technician and senior reviewer) to ensure that the highest standard of service delivery is maintained. As an ATTAR Customer you have access to ATTAR’s Consulting Engineering team for technical support and advice on your products and surfaces.
Product Compliance Testing
NEW Flooring Products
Product testing before installation is undertaken to ensure that the product is fit for its intended use, that is, "fit for purpose". Testing used to classify new surfaces is in accordance with "AS 4586:2013 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials" and is conducted inhouse, in a laboratory environment. ATTAR is NATA accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and can perform all four in-house methods of slip resistance testing. These test methods are –
Wet Pendulum Test - Appendix A, AS 4586 (P Classifications)
Dry Floor Friction Test - Appendix B, AS 4586 (D Classifications)
Wet-Barefoot Inclining Platform Test - Appendix C, AS 4586 Classifications (A, B or C Classifications)
Oil-Wet Inclining Platform Test - Appendix D, AS 4586 Classifications (R Classifications)
Accelerated Wear Testing
Increasingly used by tile manufacturers, importers, architects, property developers and facility managers; Accelerated Wear Testing (AWT) has been developed in response to the demands of customers seeking assurance on the ability of their floor and walkway surfaces to maintain slip resistance properties, averting the costly process of replacing prematurely worn and slippery surfaces. The AWT utilises the Wet Pendulum Test Method to assess the slip resistance after the flooring material has been subjected wear after a number of wear cycles.
Existing Flooring Surfaces
By testing on site you’re seeking to address the following questions –
- Do the surfaces meet the minimum classification recommendations of Standards Australia Handbook “SA HB 198:2014 Guide to the specification and testing of slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces”?
- Do the surfaces meet the minimum requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC);
- Is the flooring product fit for its intended use? If not, why? What remedy can be provided to rectify the situation?
ATTAR can provide site surveys, slip resistance testing and risk assessments to assist in risk mitigation and provide effective monitoring programs to ensure continued compliance.