How to Create Slip Resistant Steps and Walkways within the Workplace and Public Areas?

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Slips and trips account for 40% of injuries at work, and almost 62% of major injuries to members of the public.

Compensation for these slips and trips are currently costing the UK a hefty £30 million a year, therefore employers and councils must ensure that they are following The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act). This Act requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.

GRP (glass reinforced plastic) Anti Slip floor covers are an effective solution for companies and councils to ensure that steps and walkways are made slip resistant and safe for employees and members of the public to walk on.

Relinea’s GRP Anti-Slip range holds the highest friction factor for any walk-on surface, therefore minimising costly slips and trips in working environments and public areas. Relinea’s Stair Tread Covers, Landing Covers and Stair Nosings meet current Disability Discrimination Act, 2004 (DDA) legislation by providing higher visibility of steps for pedestrians with impaired vision.

Relinea’s GRP Anti-Slip Pedestrian Flooring range includes:

• Anti-Slip Stair Tread Covers
• Anti-Slip Landing Covers
• Anti-Slip Stair Nosings
• Anti-Slip Flat Plate
• Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers
• Anti-Slip Tactile Paving

The Pendulum Coefficient of Friction (CoF) Test is approved by the HSE for measuring the slip resistance of floor surfaces. It is designed to replicate a pedestrian heel strike, the point at which most slips occur. The Pendulum CoF test confirms that Relinea’s GRP Anti-Slip flooring range is classified as having extremely low pedestrian slip risk and enhances slip resistanceSee Relinea’s Pendulum CoF Test Results

Relinea’s GRP Anti-Slip pedestrian floor covers are highly durable and will not chip or peel under impact or after a number of years in situ. They possess non-corrosive and chemical resistant properties, meaning that the GRP Anti-Slip floor covers can withstand aggressive cleaning agents and harsh weather conditions.

Moving towards the Autumn and Winter seasons with expected heavy rainfall and snow, it is now time for employers and councils to begin thinking of ways to create safer workplace environments, and safer public areas to eliminate hazardous and costly slips and trips.

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