Selecting Slip Resistant Pedestrian Surfaces

People generally slip on wet surfaces or wet shoes, not clean dry surfaces

Section 8 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires employers to ensure the design, provision and maintenance of a safe workplace with safe access and egress

Regulation 9 of the General Application Regulations says that floors should be not slippery

Section 16 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 obliges those who design, supply and install flooring  to ensure it is properly tested, safe and provided with information about safe use, maintenance and cleaning. The Construction Regulations 2013 safety file may contain useful information on slip resistance, maintenance and cleaning

The Napo animated video "Shining example" (1 minute, 8 seconds) shows the problem with choosing a floor surface based solely on how it looks

Key Factors in Selecting Slip Resistant Pedestrian Surfaces

It is important that relevant information is sought when specifying flooring. Key factors include but are not limited to...

Cleanability of Slip Resistant Floors

In an Investigation of slip resistance and the hygienic cleaning of floors in hospital settings (35-pages, published 2011), HSL UK concluded

  • The ability to clean a typical hospital floor to a hygienic standard is not influenced by the slip resistance”, and
  • cleanability ... should not be a barrier to the use of slip resistant flooring in foreseeably wet or contaminated work areas

Advice on Slip Resistant Pedestrian Surfaces

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Stop Slips in Kitchens

See Pedestrian Surfaces Further Information