Anti-slip Floor Coatings

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Everyone has taken a slip, trip, or a fall in his or her lifetime. Sometimes the results are innocuous, and sometimes the results can be tragic. Whether at home or at work, avoiding and preventing slips, trips, and falls should be a concern to everyone.

According to the National Safety Council, the majority of industrial accidents in the United States are a result of slips and falls. Because of slips and falls, over 25,000 people go to the hospital every day. Here's what is worse--slips and falls account for over fifteen percent of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents.

Slips and falls can occur at the same level, such as on a floor or walkway, or from an elevation, such as from a ladder or scaffolding. Most slips and falls occur at the same level. The reasons are many, but most can be attributed to one of several causes, including footwear, wet surfaces, poor housekeeping, or walking surfaces with varying degrees of surface traction.

Preventing Slips and Falls on the Same Level

The first level of action in the prevention of slips and falls is good housekeeping. Whether at work or home, it is important to keep walking surfaces clear of slippery substances, particularly liquids and soil. Proper maintenance of floors of walking surfaces is a vital preventative measure. Calling attention to potential hazards is important as well, including using such items as wet floor cones.

The second level of action is choice and treatment of walking surfaces. Many slips and falls are a result of either surfaces with low coefficients of friction, or surfaces that have varying degrees of friction in different areas, such as moving from concrete to brick to vinyl flooring. In many instances, particularly in industrial settings, applying anti-slip floor coatings can be a practical and relatively inexpensive solution to potential slip and fall hazards.

Footwear provides another level of prevention of slips and falls. Ensuring that your employees have proper footwear with high friction both for the setting and for the work performed is vital. Employee awareness of hazards and preventative measures provide the final critical element in reducing workplace accidents of this type.

Anti-Slip Floor Coatings for Various Surfaces

Whether your walking surface is concrete, brick, terrazzo, tile, vinyl, brick or quarry, there are many solutions for reducing the potential for slips and falls. Many cleaning agents also include substances that increase friction. There are also many topical applications designed to invisibly increase traction and reduce slip coefficients. For floors where appearance is important, such as wood flooring, many of these applications provide high gloss finishes while simultaneously improving grip.

In high traffic or industrial settings, or for steps and walkways, many applications add texture to walkways that significantly increases traction. Epoxy-based no-slip treatments are low-cost solutions that adhere to most hard surfaces and add traction through a synthetic grit with no sharp edges. Whether your setting is a hospital, marina, warehouse, school, office building or home, there is an anti-slip floor coating solution for you.

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