Slip Resistance

Wet Testing Results Interpretation Guide – Particular Applications… non-NCC (AUS)

*Table 3b Minimum wet pendulum test result classifications for other applications where the NCC does not apply
Location Wet pendulum test
External Pavements and Ramps  
1. External ramps including sloping driveways, footpaths etc. steeper than 1 in 14 (4.10) P5
2. External ramps including sloping driveways, footpaths, etc., under 1:14 (4.1 ), external sales areas (eg. markets), external carpark areas, external colonnades, walkways, pedestrian crossings, balconies, verandas, carports, driveways, courtyards and roof decks P4
3. Undercover car parks P3
Hotels, Offices, Public Buildings, Schools and Kindergartens  
1. Entries and access areas including hotels, offices, public buildings, schools, kindergartens, common areas of public buildings, internal lift lobbies  
  Wet area P3
  Transitional area P2
  Dry area P1 (see Note 3)
2. Toilet facilities in offices, hotels and shopping centres P3
3. Hotel apartment bathrooms, ensuites and toilets P2
4. Hotel apartment kitchens and laundries P2
Loading Docks, Commercial Kitchens, Cold Stores, Serving Areas  
1. Loading docks under cover and commercial kitchens P5
2. Serving areas behind bars in public hotels and clubs, cold stores and freezers P4
Supermarkets and Shopping Centres  
1. Fast food outlets, buffet food servery areas, food courts and fast food dining areas in shopping centres P3
2. Shop and supermarket fresh fruit and vegetable areas P3
3. Shop entry areas with external entrances P3
4. Supermarket aisles (except fresh food areas) P1 (see Note 3)
5. Other separate shops inside shopping centres—wet P3
6. Other separate shops inside shopping centres—dry P1 (see Note 3)
Swimming Pools and Sporting Facilities  
1. Swimming pool ramps and stairs leading to water P5
2. Swimming pool surrounds and communal shower rooms P4
3. Communal changing rooms P3
4. Undercover concourse areas of sports stadiums P3
Hospitals and Aged Care Facilities  
1. Bathrooms and ensuites in hospitals and aged care facilities P3
2. Wards and corridors in hospital and aged care facilities P2
*Table 2 Classification of Pedestrian Surface Materials according to the AS 4586-2013 wet pendulum test
Classification Pendulum* mean BPN
Four S rubber TRL rubber
P5 >54 >44
P4 45-54 40-44
P3 35-44 35-39
P2 25-34 20-34
P1 12-24 <20
P0 <12 -

P1 (see Note 3)

Note 3

The minimum classification listed in Table 3B is P1. It is inappropriate for Table 3B to list the lower classification, P0, since there is no lower limit on Classification P0.

Notwithstanding, some smooth and polished floor surfaces, which do not achieve Classification P1, may be considered to provide a safe walking environment for normal pedestrians walking at a moderate pace, provided the surface is kept clean and dry; however, should these surfaces become contaminated by either wet or dry materials, or be used by pedestrians in any other manner, then they may become unsafe. Therefore, the type of maintenance, the in-service inspection of floors, other environmental conditions and use should be taken into account when selecting such products.

Additional Notes & Reference


*Table 3A – HB198:2014 "Guide to the specification and testing of slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces" Standards Australia Limited 2014.

*Table 2 – AS 4586-2013 "Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials".

nb. The information provided is intended as a guide only, consult the referenced publications for further information in regards to measurement results and recommendations.

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