(Hertfordshire, UK) Thursday, 15th August 2019 – Bonasystems, market leaders in cleaning and anti-slip products, services and consulting, has been appointed to conduct slip risk assessments using the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) approved pendulum device at 11 of Network Rail’s mainland stations including Euston, Paddington, Victoria and Liverpool Street stations.
Dr Steve Thorpe1, Head of Risk at Bonasystems and Chair of the UK’s Slip Resistance Group, commented; “Working with Bonasystems will enable Network Rail to adopt a scientific approach to reducing the risk of slips at stations. The pendulum test provides a score which can then be used to check and confirm if the interventions or changes they have made have been effective. We’re committed to helping our customers prevent slips from happening in the first instance.”
The pendulum test is the method used by HSE in prosecution cases, and it is designed to replicate a pedestrian heel strike at the point when most slips occur. “In most instances we find that floors are fit for purpose, but the floors will only meet HSE standards if they are maintained properly”, explained Dr Thorpe.
Bonasystems estimates that the pendulum testing will be completed by the end of August 2020. Dr Thorpe added, “We take an individual approach with each of our clients, and our team is able to give a detailed assessment of each flooring environment plus recommend a variety of anti-slip treatments, best practice cleaning methodologies and specialist floor cleaning products. We aim to take a proactive approach to manage potential risk of future slips.”
Slips and trips are still the biggest cause of accidents in the UK. Of these major accidents 95 per cent result in broken bones. It is important for all organisations to reassess their slip management strategies. This also means that having cleaner, safer floors that are suitable for your environment can help prevent fines and protect your business, customers and employees.
Bonasystems’ cleaning products and recommended cleaning methodologies reduce the slip-risk substantially and are used by many private companies and public services to significantly reduce their risk of slips, especially in high footfall or high-risk areas. For further information about Bonasystems and its services visit the website or telephone +44+1442 927 100.