WAUX VulcaGR!P® SETS HIGH INDUSTRY STANDARDS WITH ADVANCED ANTI-SLIP SURFACE.
The VulcaGR!P® range including anti-slip stair treads, nosings, and sheets has undergone rigorous testing to give extra confidence to the end user and achieves high anti-slip properties in both wet and dry conditions.
Both standard and phenolic resins have been tested in accordance with SATRA TM144. The proven performance of the Waux VulcaGR!P® stair treads, stair nosings and floor sheets is that subsequent tests were carried out in accordance with BS 7976: Parts 1-3, 2002.2 after two years of install and readings noted at 4% (+/-) deterioration.
Based on pendulum test values (PTV), Waux VulcaGR!P® range tests 81 for slip resistance, when industry required standards and low-level risk of slipping are 36 or above.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PENDULUM TEST?
In many environments, a PTV of 36+ (in both dry and wet conditions) is used as the HSE benchmark. You can buy from Waux with confidence because our PTV results of VulcaGR!P are in excess of 81, in wet conditions.
The pendulum CoF (coefficient) test is the subject of a British Standard, BS 7976: Parts1-3, 2002.2. Research has confirmed the pendulum to be a reliable and accurate test, so HSE has adopted it as its standard test method for assessing floor slipperiness in both dry and contaminated conditions.
A pendulum test is operated by a swinging arm that sweeps over a floor area. At the end of the arm is a rubber slider, which strikes and passes along the floor over a predetermined distance. If the arm is released without touching the floor, it swings from horizontal to horizontal (no friction). Once it strikes the floor, friction decelerates the arm and therefore it swings less far.
The pointer will show a Pendulum Test Value (PTV). There are three slip-potential categories:
- High: 0-24
- Moderate: 25-35
- Low: 36+
WHY IS THE SATRA ANTI-SLIP TEST DIFFERENT FROM PENDULUM TEST?
To meet the demands of approved anti-slip products in the Rail industry, specifically London Underground, Waux VulcaGR!P manufactured in GP, Class 1 & Phenolic Resins was tested in accordance with London Underground E6464 A2 Engineering Standards (SATRA TM144).
The method of test is intended to assess the potential of slipping for people walking on a flooring material. It determines the coefficient of friction (CoF) between footwear outsoles and flooring surfaces under conditions simulating those experienced at the most critical parts of a typical walking step.
Measurements were taken in three directions and the results in the table below proved that it satisfied the requirements of London Underground (LUL).
|Test Condition||Tested along||Tested across||Tested at 45⁰||Pass/Fail CoF||Pass/Fail distance below 0/4 CoF|
|CoF||Distance CoF below 0.4 (mm)||CoF||Distance CoF below 0.4 (mm)||Distance CoF below 0.4 (mm)|
The conclusion: “With regard to the slip resistance, the samples submitted under reference ‘VulcaGR!P Antislip surface finish – GP, Class 1 & Phenolic Resins’ has satisfied the requirements of London Underground E6464 A2 Engineering Standard – Rolling stock floor coverings. Sections 8.4 (SATRA TM144) Slip resistance of profiled floors.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE TESTED PRODUCTS ?
Slips and trips cost the UK up to 1 billion pounds per year. They are the most common cause of injury at work. 37% of all reported workplace injuries were as a result of a slip, trip or fall, with 28% of all fatalities in the workplace being caused by a slip, trip or fall. On average approximately 50 people die each year from a slip, trip or fall and a great many more are injured – some critically.
Waux readily provides free professional advice on the most suitable product for your project specification, so get in touch with our technical team today to discuss your requirements.
To request copies of our VulcaGR!P test results, please call 020 8057 8618 or submit your request via the Contact page and we will provide certificate copies.
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