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SLIP TESTING: FACTORS THAT AFFECT SLIP RESISTANCE

Updated: Feb 28

1. SURFACE DETERIORATION

A significant contribution to slips, trips and falls is the deterioration of the floor surface or walkway over time. To account for this and subsequently reduce the risk of slips, a regular slip resistance testing program is recommended. Floors are often laid without regard to their durability. What might start out as a suitable surface for slip resistance, may deteriorate rapidly from the harsh effects of traffic and/or cleaning. So regular testing is most important. The frequency of tests depends on factors such as location and traffic. 


 2. SURFACE TREATMENTS

The application of surface treatments to existing flooring surfaces is an option that has gained popularity as the technology and the need for safer floors has grown. The increased range of options provides choice for clients but it can make a decision so complex it can hinder timely solutions.


Selecting the right surface treatment requires an understanding of options, their advantages and their weaknesses. EIC Laboratory & Testing team of technicians can guide you with independent advice on the selection of the most appropriate surface treatment for your circumstances to satisfy your need to increase slip resistance and/or prolong slip resistance characteristics.


 3. BUILDING CODE REGULATIONS

Often overlooked in slips, trips and falls are contributing factors other than the condition of the floor’s surface. Building code regulations provide standards that we are obligated to comply with and conditions such as lighting, the slope of the floor and even stairway and handrail dimensions can contribute to slips, trips and falls.


SLIP TESTING FACTORS THAT AFFECT SLIP RESISTANCE

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