The incoming cold weather brings frost, dew, fog and rain; all of which can make for a wet and slippery floor surface. The last thing you want is to be sliding down your own slope (legally speaking) if someone takes a tumble and injures themselves within your premises.
If this possibility concerns you, it’s time to consider floor slip testing. In the event testing identifies exposures, you’ll be recommended preventative floor treatments to help reduce the risk of accidents and injury in your workplace.
Let’s take a look at five methods of floor treatment used to help prevent slips and falls.
1. Shot Blasting
An abrasive blasting treatment that is commonly used in commercial and industrial environments, shot blasting roughens surfaces, increasing its slip resistance. Locations where this treatment is used include centre car parks, sporting facilities and other large communal concreted areas.
The visual appeal of surfaces is affected with this treatment, hence its adoption in larger scale commercial areas.
2. Adhesive Floor Strips
These easy-to-apply strips improve slip resistance and come in an assortment of colours and ratings. The tape has inbuilt grit, and the level of effectiveness is dependant on the size and shape of the embedded material. Ideal areas for use include walkways and entrances.
With this simplicity of application comes checking and maintenance, however. The strips need regular inspection and replacement if any are damaged or worn.
3. Acid Etching
This treatment is an acidic solution that eats into surfaces and increases the roughness. It is often used to great practical and visual effect on tiled surfaces. Ensure you monitor surfaces for discolouration after this treatment.
Areas acid etching is commonly used include outdoor areas, walkways and thoroughfares.
Plastic coatings – generally epoxy and polyurethane – can be used to excellent effect in high foot traffic areas such as stairs, foyers and walkways. The coatings contain blended grit to increase slip resistance.
This method of non-slip treatment can be visually appealing and coatings come in a range of colours and finishes.
This is a harsher method of non-slip treatment that impacts the aesthetics and cleanability of the surface, like shot blasting. It is recommended that grinding is completed with fine grit, and it’s a requirement to have further slip testing to ensure an adequate resistance rating.
The best solution for your business is dependant on many variables; location, accessibility, foot traffic, environment and weather. A professional floor slip testing service will be able to assess your premises and recommend the best course of action.