Floor Safety Businesses have strong growth as they are supported by Government required compliance with Occupational Health & Safety regulations. Businesses and buildings that fail to meet these regulations risk hefty fines or being sued as a result of employee injuries. Office buildings, banks, hospitals, schools, fast food outlets, hotels, motels, shopping centres, restaurants, nursing homes, swimming centres, gyms and government building and any other facility you can think of is a potential customer of floor safety treatments. 

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Floor Safety

Each year slips, trips and falls result in thousands of preventable injuries in Australia. The cost of these injuries to businesses and individuals is in the billions of dollars. Grip Guard has a comprehensive range of floor safety solutions for all floor surfaces.

Slips occur when a person’s foot loses traction with the floor. The most common causes are slippery floor surfaces (highly polished, wet or greasy).

Tripping occurs when a person unexpectedly catches their foot. In most instances, the objects people trip on are small and unobtrusive, such as cracks in the floor or electrical leads.

Falls can result from a slip or trip, but many occur during falls from low heights, such as steps, stairs and curbs.

Safe Work Australia reports, over the twelve years between 2003 – 2015,  56% of slips, trips and falls were caused by environmental factors including slippery surfaces following rain or spills, poorly designed or maintained walkways, poor lighting on stairs and walkways and trip hazards for example from poorly stored materials.

 

Preventing slips, trips and falls is everyone’s responsibility

Regardless of whether someone  rents or owns a building in which a business is located, they are  responsible for whoever steps inside — from employees and customers to vendors and solicitors. Slip and fall accidents can be minimized if property owners and managers take the appropriate measures to inspect the area, assess the hazard and address it appropriately.  Grip Guard licensees are trained to assist responsible parties to ensure safety in the home, the workplace and in public places.

Treating Floor Surfaces

Floor surfaces require sufficient grip to prevent slipping, especially in areas which may become wet or contaminated. The greater the thickness or viscosity of the contaminants, the greater the slip resistance of the flooring required to protect against slipping. 

Cleaning Floor Surfaces

Incorrect floor maintenance can contribute to slip and fall accidents.  When contaminants build up in the pores of the floor, slip resistance is dramatically reduced.  Floors need to be cleaned properly to ensure that:

  • contaminants are effectively removed
  • a build up of cleaning product residue is avoided
  • the floor does not become too slippery
  • non-slip floors maintain slip resistant properties

Installing Products

Anti-Slip Stair Nosings and Tactile Ground Surface Indicators provide slip resistance, guidance and/or warning of obstructions/hazards to the vision impaired. Building code standards require them to be installed in a standard manner, be of high contrast and be slip resistant.