According to the UK's HSE (Health and Safety Executive) slips, trips and falls are the most common of workplace hazards and make up over a third of all major injuries. cause the majority of general industry accidents – a fact that employers cannot ignore!
Employers also face the risk of litigation and the additional burden of a down turn in productivity, production delays, overtime, extra temporary labor and training costs.
Looking for the causes of slips and trips is therefore vital and emphasizing the importance of floor safety cannot be overstated, particularly where the floor surface is likely to be slippery or hazardous.
According to the HSE, the most common causes of slips include:
Slip resistant matting is vital wherever water may be present, especially in public places such as jetties, around swimming pools, in shower rooms and in changing areas.
Plastex's matting range for barefoot and wetside features matting products with high slip resistance properties as well as excellent drainage.
Underfoot safety in manufacturing, production, sorting lines, benches, handling areas and workstations is needed to help protect employees from grease and water spillages and the debris that can cause accidents. Plastex's slip resistant matting range for the workplace.
Up to 80% of dirt entering a building is taken in on the soles of shoes or on the tyres of wheels. Plastex high performance entrance flooring systems will keep busy entrance halls clean and safe by effectively scraping away dirt, protecting internal floors, minimizing the risk of slipping and effectively reducing cleaning and maintenance costs.
Liquids, grease and spillages are likely in bars, food preparation and service areas. Installing slip resistant matting ensures the safety and comfort of staff and customers (see here).
Plastex's matting range is tested to International standards using the DIN 51130 slip resistance testing: the matting is inclined with a person, wearing calibrated footwear, standing on the wetted surface, until a slip occurs. Dependent on the angle of inclination when the slip occurs, an appropriate ‘R’ rating is given.
|Incline from 3° to 9°||R9|
|Incline from 10° to 19°||R10|
|Incline from 19° to 27°||R11|
|Incline from 27° to 35°||R12|
|Incline from 35°||R13|