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Slip Resistance tiles  

Slips and trips account for around one in three non-fatal injuries.  With slippages being such a prevalent health risk, professionals who specify flooring materials have a duty of care to ensure that all flooring surfaces are fit-for-purpose and do not pose any safety risks.  Ceramic Solutions has a superior range of slip resistant floor tiles.

The versatile range offers exceptional performance and safety standards within industrial, commercial and aquatic and leisure facilities.  Each range of tiles has been designed for a specific purpose, ranging from standard everyday use in areas with significant footfall, to slip resistant flooring solutions needed for the most hazardous of settings, such as pools or commercial kitchens.

 

Slip-resistance rating for floors

Slip resistance tests are categorised as either footwear or barefoot. 

Barefoot areas

Barefoot tiles  For barefoot areas that will be exposed to wet flooring, such as bathrooms, amenities, saunas, swimming pools and their surrounds, barefoot passages and stairs leading to water facilities - the rating is A (lowest), B or C (highest).  The Standards Australia recommends swimming pool surrounds receive a "B" slip resistant surface, however some facilities have found unsatisfactory performance from B surface in regard to the number of slip-related accidents.  Likely contributors are number of patrons and body fats/lotions covering the flooring surface, cleaning regime and inferior products installed.

Footwear areas

Slip Resistance tiles

  

Workshop rules as well as accident prevention regulations require floors to be smooth, slip-resistant and easy to clean.

Special protective measures against slipping are necessary where there is a risk as a result of the use of water, oil, slush, grease or waste.  This should be taken in consideration when choosing the surface material.  The rating for footwear areas is R9 (lowest), R10, R11, R12 to R13 (highest).  In commercial kitchens where there is an extreme risk of accidents resulting from fatty waste, special tiles with displacement spaces and slip resistant profile have proved themselves.

 

Always seek advice

When installing flooring, whether it is in a barefoot or footwear area, it is important to seek advice from a flooring expert at an early stage in order to achieve the best results.  Ceramic Solutions prides itself as a knowledge leader with a focus on safety, cleaning and aesthetics, providing solutions at every level, whether it be complicated curved forms, preventative crack suppression or motif designs.

 

 

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Slip-Resistance Testing - Ensuring Safe Walking on Ceramic Tile Flooring

Slip Resistance test

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Barefoot slip test

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Above shows the tested incline and the static friction using R9 to R13 ceramic tiles.  Test procedure: Inclined plane, safety footwear worn, test medium oil.

 

Above shows the measurement of sliding friction for barefoot areas, using wetting agent solution. Ceramic Tile Valuation Groups : A, B, C