Yes, but it is unlikely to be of much value at all unless it is undertaken and interpreted correctly.
There are several slip test methods specifically designed to be conducted in house by untrained/inexperienced personnel, it is extremely unlikely any of which would stand up to the scrutiny of a court in the event of a slip injury. Ultimately, if your test report does not provide sturdy evidence in the event of a court case it is of little value. The dubious economic case for in house tests is further jeopardised by the risk of replacing an erroneously classified ‘slippery’ floor or ignoring an erroneously classified ‘safe’ floor. The test operator may have a vested interest in results or be swayed by any in house politics, producing biased results.
Both the Health and Safety Executive and the UK Slip Resistance Group, independent unbiased bodies, recommend the use of the BS 7976 Pendulum. This method requires an experienced operator in order to produce valid results, only tiny errors in the set up and measurement process can generate erroneous PTV’s. With the cost of the Pendulum tester, standard materials, calibration, and the time/costs of employing an operator, it is unlikely to be any cheaper than employing our expert and independent assessment. We will be happy to provide a quote and sample report on request. We do regularly comment on reports produced ‘in house’ or by less than expert assessors, almost all leave a wide scope for criticism and fail to contribute anything to the defence of the claim. Whilst we appreciate that those responsible for health and safety are asked to provide safe environments within increasing tight budget restraints, we would urge those considering cutting costs with an in house test to give thought to the very real possibility of actually increasing costs beyond that of an expert independent assessment as a result.
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