Workplace Health & Safety Regulation
Work Place Health and Safety Regulations and increased litigation have made a floor that reduces the risk of people slipping is necessary in most situations. I would suggest however from a practical point of view that the most important action regardless of the slip rating is the wearing of correct footwear. It should be a workplace requirement that anybody who walks onto a commercial floor should be wearing rubber soled footwear.
R Non Slip Rating System
A Floorcote Epoxy Floor can be laid to whatever slip rating you require. We can help you select the amount of non slip that’s right for your situation. A good rule of thumb is if a floor requires “Falls to Drains” then it will require an R11 rating. Falls to drains will help in the cleaning process as well as preventing walls from rotting if there aren’t any coves installed.
Specifying the correct R rating
It is sometimes tempting to specify a higher slip rating than might be required just to be safe. However, it is important to consider that increased grip also make the floor harder to clean and wash down.
A good example of this is the area underneath benches. As this area will not be walked on there is minimal chance of anyone slipping there. Putting non slip in these areas is only going to make the floor harder to clean.
Getting the R rating right will keep your employee’s safe and your floor easy to clean. If you would like some free advice on the appropriate R rating for an area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07 5446 8633.