Slips and trips are among the most prevalent causes of workplace injuries across all sectors. The floor surface is frequently a contributing element in incidents: flooring may be uneven, damp, or unclean; carpets or matting may be inappropriate, loose, or torn. Knowing what type of slip-resistant flooring to use that can assist minimise slips and trips and is best suited to the circumstances of a certain workplace will help reduce accidents.
Most of these accidents are caused by slips, which occur most frequently when floor surfaces are polluted. When dry, most types of flooring are relatively slip-resistant. Water, dust, oil, or solvents, on the other hand, can significantly impair the non-slip efficacy. When a surface, such as concrete, vinyl, or wood, is polished, traction is considerably diminished. Wear worn surfaces, which are notably common with steel and concrete, will increase slipperiness.
There is a slip-resistant flooring solution for any situation, whether it’s a shopping mall’s food court, prone to dropped snacks and fizzy beverages, or a heavy manufacturing factory that must account for oils, greases, and fuel. Choosing the right flooring and coating from the get-go is important and maintaining it with cleaning best practices.
What are the most important advantages of anti-slip flooring?
Anti-slip flooring has various advantages that protect both the employee and the business, including
Preventing slip and fall incidents saves money by preventing litigation.
Staff and tourists can work in a safe environment, enhancing productivity.
There should be little or no disturbance to operations during the application process.
Reduces administrative costs and safeguards the facility’s or building’s reputation.
Epoxy resin and resin flooring solutions are ideal for places that are likely to become wet or polluted with food or chemicals.
What is slip resistance?
The roughness of a floor that provides good traction and minimises the risk of sliding and falling is referred to as slip resistance.
A metric is used to measure the slipperiness of a floor to understand slip resistance better. The coefficient of friction (COF) is the force required to keep two materials (the foot and the floor) together as well as the maximum force required to prevent slipping. When defining a floor, it is critical to obtain all essential information, and there are numerous types of slip resistance testing available.
When tested, cleaning regimes, maintenance, contamination, degradation due to wear, and traffic patterns are just a few of the elements that impact the slip resistance of flooring materials.
What are the most important things to keep in mind while cleaning?
Splashes and spills should be cleaned as soon as possible, but frequent cleaning with mechanical scrubbers and detergent will prevent the accumulation of general filth, which will reduce anti-slip effectiveness. People are more likely to slip on wet floors or wet shoes than on dry, clean surfaces.
For some applications, a less aggressive slip resistance with a higher emphasis on cleanability is required. The more aggressive the floor’s slide resistance, the more difficult it is to clean. This is due to the bigger and more angular aggregate that is disseminated onto the coating of an aggressive slip-resistant component. The more angular the floor surface’s profile, the more difficult it is to clean. When a more extreme slide resistance, such as R12, is required, problems arise: cleaning equipment, such as a mop, will be ripped to bits.
Safety flooring products from Robex
Robex SA provides a variety of slip-resistant flooring solutions that suit any environment to minimise the risk of slipping.
RX GripKits from Robex are widely employed in a variety of industries where safety is a top issue. RX GripKits are ideal for areas that handle foot traffic, cars, forklift trucks, and automated handling systems. They’re also a great choice for staircases.
Features and Advantages:
Warehouses, factories, workshops, chemical plants, plant rooms, and battery charging areas are all good candidates.
Contaminant-resistant in a wide range of situations
Cleaning and upkeep is simple.
RX Foodsafe is the ultimate fast-curing MMA resin system that meets the food industry’s operational needs for a clean, safe and sanitary environment. Combining the strength of superior inter-coat adhesion with chemical, wear and slip resistance, RX Foodsafe offers a completely seamless hygienic flooring solution.
Features and Advantages:
Ideal for kitchens, food processing, food production and catering premises