Environmental Credentials

Can Thermagrip products be recycled?

The simple answer is yes.

The more technical response is: Because the polymers found in thermoplastics are very strong but feature weak bonds this allows thermoplastics to be softened under heat, remoulded and reused in many new forms and therefore is highly recyclable. Once reformed and then cooled it is restored to a rigid structure.

This versatility enables Thermagrip and thermoplastics to be reused indefinitely, which is why the material is highly recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Thermoplastics are frequently reused to create items as diverse as pipes, insulators, adhesives, injection moulded or extruded product and much more.

Erosion Test

A rotary abrasion test was performed per ASTM G195 – “Standard Guide for Conducting Wear Tests Using a Rotary Platform, Double Headed Abraser”.


Rotary Abrasion Test Details

InstrumentTaber Rotary Abraser – Model 5155
Abrasive WheelH-10
Load1,000 gram per wheel
Vacuum Nozzle GapApprox.1/8”
Total CyclesSee findings
Test Conditions72oF, 55% RH
Test OperatorClifford Fee
DateNovember 7, 2011


Rotary Abrasion Test Results

SampleCyclesWheelWt. Initial (g)Wt. Final (g)Δ Wt. (g)Total Δ Wt.Wt. Loss/Cycle (mg)
Gray A1000H-1048.773448.62560.14780.1478
Gray B1000H-1050.625650.43410.19150.1915


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Scuff Test

Tested in accordance with TRL 176, as amended by BBA ” Guidelines Document for the Assessment and Certification of High Friction Surfaces for Highways” March 2008. The material was scuffed at 35 degrees centigrade as specified for a TYPE 3 high friction surfacing.

Skid resistance value was determined using slider 96 (96 IRHD) since this is more simulative of hard solid tyres as found on fork lift trucks.

Test results are compared to an untreated specimen of steel checker plate.


Scuff Test Details

Laboratory testsThermagripUntreated plateBBA HAPAS requirement for TYPE 3 HFS
Initial Properties
Texture depth (mm) minimum
Skid resistance value (Slider 96)685165 minimum
Properties after scuffing at 35oC
Texture depth (mm)0.60.8 minimum
Loss in texture depth %46.9Information only
Erosion Index0.015 maximum
Skid resistance value (Slider 96)40Information only


Scuff Test results

Specimen Number129-1
Identification of slab129-1
Texture depth of substrate (mm)1.2
Thickness of coating (mm)3.3
SRV before Scuffing68.0
Date of test04/08/2015
Time of test08:30
Test Temperature (oC)35.2
Initial Pressure 3.1 (Bar)3.1
Final Pressure 3.1 (Bar)3.1
Initial Tyre tread depth 1.5 (mm)1.5
Final Tyre tread depth 1.5 (mm)1.5
Angle of tyre to direction of travel20o00'
Initial surface texture depth1.1
Final surface texture depth0.6
Loss of texture depth (%)46.9
SRV after Scuffing40.0
Erosion Index0.0
Description of visual conditionNo faults or anomalies were observed


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Slip Test

Assessment carried out adhering to the UKSRG, HSE and CIRIA guidelines on pedestrian slip risk assessment.


Slip Test Summary

Test SurfaceSliderSlip Risk DrySlip Risk Wet
Fused AluminaSlider #96 / 4SLowLow
Glass BeadSlider #96 / 4SLowLow


Pendulum Test Results – Fused Alumina

DirectionConditionPTVPTVPTVPTVPTVMedian ValuesSlip Risk Classification
45 ̊Dry666969696869Low
90 ̊Dry656464656565Low
45 ̊Wet646665646665Low
90 ̊Wet626061595960Low


Pendulum Test Results – Glass Bead

Cycles CompletedSlider #96 - Pendulum Slip Value DrySlider #96 - Pendulum Slip Value Wet


PTV = Pendulum Test Value

Results generated using a BS 7976 Munro Portable Skid Tester, serial number 9652. The device was calibrated by BSI on 03/02/15, UKAS certificate number 4828.

The above results have been classified in accordance with the latest UKSRG Guidelines (Issue 4, 2011) and current UK Health & Safety Executive guidance.


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Biomechanical Abrasion Test and
Pendulum Tests

SATRA TM391D: 2003 Biomechanical Floor Abrasion

This test has been carried out in accordance with a SATRA test method (TM391D) for assessing flooring coverings using the walking machine, where a standard shoe (having a patterned sole unit with a tread depth of 5mm ± 0.5mm and shore A hardness of 54 is mounted on a foot form that is attached to the leg of a walking machine.

The flooring specimen is subjected to a cyclic walking action from the standard shoe, where the specimen rotates incrementally while the forepart is in contact with the sample.

These individual footsteps are designed to replicate a mixture of walking in a straight line and turning a corner. The flooring sample under test rotates such that it completes a full 360o rotation every 150 footfalls.


Biomechanical Abrasion Test Results

Cycles CompletedSlider #96 - Pendulum Slip Value DrySlider #96 - Pendulum Slip Value Wet


BS 7976-2: 2002 Pendulum Testers, method of operation

The method of test is intended to assess the potential of slipping for people walking on a flooring material.

A pendulum attached to a spring loaded foot fitted with a standard rubber slider referenced Slider 96 (formally known as Four S rubber) is allowed to swing so the slider contacts dry or wet test flooring over a set distance.

The extent to which the pendulum fails to reach its release height on the overswing is determined as a measurement of the slip resistance.

The procedure is carried out in three directions, in one principle direction, at 90o to this and at 45o to the principle direction. The results are then assessed in accordance with the UK Slip Resistance Groups Guidelines issue 4: 2011


Pendulum Test Results

ConditionDirection ADirection BDirection COverall average slip measurement (PTV’s)
Slider #96 dry62636363
Slider #96 wet (water)59596059


Surface Roughness Measurements (Rz)

RZ value44.


UK Slip Resistance Group Guidelines

Slip PotentialPTV
High slip potential0-24
Moderate slip potential25-35
Low slip potential36+


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Patents and Additional Documents

Download our patent certificates and information sheets from the links below.


Reflective Surface Marking

Safety Surfaces

Anti-slip Step Treatment – UK

Anti-slip Step Treatment – US

Fused Alumina Information

Safety Data Sheet