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SLIP TESTING: IMPROVING SLIP RESISTANCE

The following methods of increasing the slip resistance of floors is outlined in AS/NZS 3661.2:1994 Slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces - Guide to the reduction of slip hazards:


Table 5: AS/NZS 3661.2:1994 Slip Resistance of pedestrian surfaces - Guide to the reduction of slip hazards

AS/NZS 3661.2:1994 Slip Resistance of pedestrian surfaces - Guide to the reduction of slip hazards

It is recommended that when modifying the surface, samples of treatments be evaluated in terms of the increase in slip resistance and any other characteristic deemed to be important to the form and function of the floor surface. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Cost

  • Cleanability

  • Mechanical properties

  • Chemical properties

  • Surface adhesion

  • Aesthetics


Control measures and remediation schemes are not ‘one-size fits all’, the choice of suitable products and services depends on the flooring materials used as well as other relevant practicalities. Companies responsible for specifying recovery schemes can get into trouble with misidentified materials, ill-chosen surface treatments (e.g. unsuitable slip and adherence properties, or causing degradation), and the ever-present battle between cleanliness and slip resistance. A rule of thumb is to undertake test patches on discreet areas before committing to the entire project and major capital expenditure.


A trial of suitable options will provide the required information to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the identified treatments. When considering the selected treatment the long term sustainable slip resistance should also be assessed.


CONCLUSION

In the event of a slip incident, liability may not be eliminated, but if due diligence has been conducted as part of an overall risk assessment and an appropriate standard of care has been implemented, exposure will in most cases be minimised and the well-being of all parties safeguarded as far as reasonably practicable.


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