If you have ever wondered how floor safety actually works? There are a few different approaches that one could take when assessing floor safety. There’s the appearance aspect, the technical aspect, the logical aspect and the legal aspect.

The appearance of floor safety

In most cases, people don’t really know that there’s a slippery floor until it’s too late. There are also some non-slip products that are completely invisible. While these types of products are great, not every floor has this type of floor safety strategy, so it’s difficult for people to trust all floors. It is always best to warn people about slippery floors. This is done by using signage or hazard markings, whether you have an anti-slip coating on your floor or not. And remember, not everyone knows how floor safety works.

There are a number of non-slip products that can be used on slippery floors to change them significantly

How Technical floor safety works

On the technical side of things, the National Floor Safety Institute has a set of standards in place so that there is no confusion on how much grip a slippery floor should have. These floor safety standards are scientifically developed to stop floors from being slippery.

Floor safety logic

The easiest solution to solving slippery floor problems is to apply logic. If you walk on a slippery ramp, imagine having to use a walker or even push a wheelchair. Your logic will tell you that the floor is too slippery and a slip and fall injury can happen easily. The same applies to walking down a flight of slippery stairs. If you have to hold onto the handrail, your logic will tell you that the stairs are unsafe and you should take all the precautions you can to make the stairs safe.  This is a floor safety strategy that works well in domestic and commercial environments. There are a number of different anti-slip products and non-slip coatings that can be used on slippery floors. And if you are unsure, we have a team of specialists that can help you decide on which floor safety product will work for you.

The legality of floor safety and how it works

Let’s face it; no one enjoys a call from a lawyer. If your floor safety strategy doesn’t work within the parameters of the law, you are undoubtedly in trouble. Floor safety works like this. If a floor is slippery, it needs to be measured.

Once measured, it is compared to the legal slippery floor standard. If the floor is too slippery, therefore, the owner of the floor is in the wrong. Slippery floors are measured by the static coefficient of friction.

We came across a really interesting article that simultaneously explains how Leonardo Da Vinci actually made the breakthrough in the measurement of friction on a surface.

Today, tribometry figures heavily in floor safety. Having the right amount of friction between the floor and the soles of the shoes of the person walking on it is essential.

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