Looking after your floors
Floor Maintenance and Slip Risk
When floors are changed it can create a change to the slip resistance of the floor and cause unwanted slip risks.
Changes to the floor... test before and after
It is useful to measure the slip resistance before and after any changes are made to the floor. Replacement tiles may look similar but may have very different slip resistance properties, coatings and paints can fundamentally change the slip resistance of the floor. Even re-grouting of tiles could cause a significant change to the slip resistance as the floor will be polished after the grout is applied
Coatings / Paints / Varnish
Different coatings have different slip resistant properties. Test coatings when applied and re-test periodically to determine how wear may be affecting the slip resistance over time.
Anti-slip treatments may be effective on one floor surface but not on another. Work with your supplier to get the required level of grip without damaging the surface or it’s ability to be cleaned.
Replacement tiles and repairs to floor surfaces
Replacement tiles may look like the original tiles, but could still have very different slip resistance properties. Test each batch of tiles and re-test the floor slip risk after any surface repair.
Unexpected change in slip resistance is a major cause of slip injuries.
Varnish, coatings and paints
Select the best anti-slip finish by testing each on a small area of floor before applying
Test again periodically after to check the effects of wear
- Anti-slip treatments should be tested when applied
- Re-test regularly to establish the effectiveness of slip resistance over time
- Avoid anti-slip treatments that damage the floor surface making it difficult to clean
Changes to floors or Replacement Tiles
All changes to flooring should be tested for slip risk
Monitor and manage changes to slip risk caused by diamond polishing or buffing of the floor surface
Measure the slip resistance before and after every change to the floor