DIN 51097 Slip Ramp Test
HSE, the regulating body for the suitability of flooring, suggest that most accidents in the workplace are as a result of slips - most of which happen when floor surfaces are contaminated by substances such as water, talc, grease and more. Due to these issues it is extremely important for commercial environments to ensure that their flooring has been slip resistance tested. This blog will share important information on the DIN 51097 method, how it is used and how it can support businesses in having a safe environment for customers, whilst also meeting the needs of the HSE.
What Is The DIN 51097 Test?
The DIN 51097 is a ramp test which is designed to simulate the conditions commonly encountered in typical slip accidents where footwear is not worn such as the surrounding area of a swimming pool. An exemplar of the flooring material is fixed on to a ramp which is made wet, whilst a test person walks on them. As the test progresses, the ramp will be set at a succession of increasing angles until the person slips. The angle at which they slip is recorded and the result will then be classified into three groups. The flooring material can then be classified into one of three groups; ‘A’ means that there is a high risk of slips, B is a medium level, and finally C identifies a low slip material.
What Environment Would Benefit From This Testing?
The DIN 51097 is mostly useful in environments where the surface will become wet and where footwear isn’t usually worn. As mentioned earlier, this is why swimming pool environments would benefit from this test. It can also be useful in testing multiple aspects of the swimming pool area too, for example: the pool floor, surrounding non-swimmer areas, disabled water lifts, steps leading into the water and diving boards.
Even though the test is predominantly carried out in barefoot circumstances, it can be requested that the test person wear non-slip footwear too. In this case, leisure environments can also utilise the test results for their changing rooms where there may still be water residue and footwear might be worn. Of course, leisure centres may not be the only sector which would benefit from this type of testing. Testing to other contamination prone industries include; Health Spas, Retail & Shopping outlets and Hospital or Health Care Environments.
Furthermore, there is also an adaptation to this type of testing which is DIN 51150. This is an alternative which will test with the lubrication of oil instead of water and the test person will be wearing footwear, usually safety boots. This method can be extremely useful in manufacturing environments, such as car manufacturers who come in close contact with oils every day.
How can we help?
At National Testing we offer a range of HSE recommended slip resistance testing for both shod and barefoot environments. We are UKAS accredited, ensuring we offer only the best in floor slip tests and reporting to customers throughout the UK. If you believe your premises requires DIN 51097 testing and require advice from an expert then get in touch with our specialists today.