How To Improve Slip Resistance
Running a business can be stressful enough without the need of dealing with accidents in the workplace - especially when these can be easily avoidable by putting in place some basic preventative measures. One of the major causes of accidents at work are slips, trips and falls caused by poor flooring materials. Our team at National Testing have outlined 5 ways that floor slip resistance can be improved, making the working environment a safe place for everybody.
Proper and frequent cleaning is vital to minimise slips and falls. Risks can be reduced by using the right tools, chemicals and equipment. Where possible look for floor cleaning products labelled as slip resistant. Using these higher quality products with anti slip properties may cost slightly more than cheaper brands, but cleaning products will be an awful lot cheaper than a legal case after a slip.
Mops and buckets can become soiled quickly and therefore need regular and thorough cleaning too. Brand new mop heads are always a good idea when refinishing flooring as the risk of contaminating these with oily or dirty residue is then completely eradicated.
Adhesive floor strips can enhance resistance and are available in various colours and ratings. These are appropriate for areas such as walkways and entrances. The strips have inbuilt grit to improve floor resistance but they do require some upkeep and maintenance.
Blasting adds texture to a surface which inherently reduce slip risks as there is more friction on the surface of the flooring. Blasting is appropriate for car parks, sports facilities and other large, concreted spaces.
Epoxy and polyurethane (otherwise known as plastic coatings) are highly effective in areas such as stairs, foyers and walkways. These coatings make a rougher surface but still maintain a polished look and are also available in a range of finishes.
Caution with Coverings
In some cases, a slippery floor may need to be stripped and refinished. Certain floor covering such as laminate or carpet become worn and torn over time, and care needs to be taken where corners may begin to curl up.
A good tip is to monitor the slip resistance regularly and resurface the floor with a material that provides a low slip risk, particularly if your flooring is becoming old and damaged. It is also vital to provide drainage for areas where water may pool and areas which are susceptible to moisture.
As we have mentioned, the best way to ensure workplace flooring is safe to use is to get your flooring slip tested. By using the most appropriate method of slip testing, you can be sure that the correct procedures are put into place for your workforce. Testing is the most thorough method to examine your flooring in order to help reduce slip risks in the workplace, whilst also covering your company legally.
Always make sure you receive the most up to date and reliable advice. There are many resources out there online to research slip hazards in the workplace, however gaining advice from a professional can be invaluable. Ultimately the best slip resistance solution for your premises entirely depends on factors such as the flooring location, accessibility, foot traffic, environment and weather which is why it's best to seek out expert advice.
Our specialists at National Testing can carry out slip resistance testing on a variety of areas throughout your premises in order to find out whether they are fit for purpose. We provide you with all the legal paperwork required following such tests, like a pendulum slip test, and can help advise on any changes you may need to make to ensure you are compliant with the law. Contact us today for a free quote.