Increase safety and prevent accidents with anti slip coating
Slips and trips are a serious problem in Australia, both at home and in the workplace. They account for more than the third of all workplace injuries, and over 30% of regular accidents involve slips. If you are an employer, you have duty of care to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and are liable under Australian law if you neglect it. Fortunately there is a simple remedy: an anti slip coating is easily applied and effective in preventing slip-caused injuries.
Unsafe stairs are the leading cause of slipping, but any floor that is wet or dirty becomes a heightened risk. Surfaces such as handrails, door handles, and tool grips can also benefit from an anti slip coating. Here we will provide you with all the information you need to determine which anti slip flooring solution is right for your project, and help you find the anti slip floor coating product you need.
Important factors to consider when choosing anti slip coating
How you choose your non slip coating depends upon a number of factors. Anti slip coatings are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your coating therefore, it is paramount that you keep in mind:
- The environment: Is there a risk of chemical exposure, abrasion, UV radiation?
- Type of substrate: metal, concrete, wood, plastic, etc.
- The intended end use: Will it need to withstand mechanical loads and heavy impacts, or is it for foot traffic? Is it in a setting where health and cleanliness is a concern?
3 different non slip flooring solutions explained
Once you know exactly what you need from your anti slip paint, you need to understand the demands of each coating type. Anti slip paint comes in three different types: as a separate paint and non slip additive which need to be combined, a premixed coating, and as a nano coating. All these types prevent slips, trips and falls and contribute to decreasing the percentage of injuries caused by environmental factors. In Australia, 56% of all slips and trips between 2003 and 2015 were due to factors such as poor design, slippery surfaces and lack of surface maintenance. Most of these could have been prevented by non slip flooring.
1. Pre-mixed non slip surface coating
Appropriate substrates: There are specific products for specific substrates; this option is suitable for all substrates, but you need to choose the appropriate coating. For a breakdown of anti slip flooring by substrate, visit our anti slip page for timber , metal (coming soon) and concrete (coming soon).
What it is: The simplest of the anti slip coatings, these products come with aggregate pre-mixed, either as a two- or single-component system, or create a rough textured surface as the coating dries. These coatings are durable, water and oil resistant, and come in epoxy, polyurethane varieties. They are often divided into categories based on specific need; Offshore (corrosion resistant anti slip paint for metal), Industrial (chemical and abrasion resistant coatings, non slip floor coating) and Commercial (aesthetically appealing non slip floor coating).
Recommended for: Interior and exterior floors, walkways, decks, patios, mild industrial and commercial environments with up to heavy pedestrian foot traffic and light rubber wheeled cart traffic. Hospitals, kitchens, change rooms, schools, anywhere that requires a slip-protection coating.
2. Coating plus a non slip additive
Appropriate substrates: All, just choose your coating and aggregate pairing carefully or let a specialist advise you.
What it is: Anti slip properties are given to a coating by adding an aggregate such as sand, glass beads, rubber crumb, and others. The aggregate provides a rough surface which prevents slipping. Aggregate can be mixed through a coating before application, or sprinkled over a still wet first coat. If the second, it should be allowed to dry before having excess aggregate brushed away and a second coat applied on top. The aggregate comes in three grades: fine, medium, and coarse, in order of increasing anti slip strength. All these options result in an anti slip floor coating.
Recommended for: Heavy industrial-use flooring to kitchen floors, aggregate is a flexible material. However, which aggregate you choose will affect which coating you can use: glass beads and synthetic aggregate can be combined with acrylic coatings as well as resin coatings (epoxy, urethane, polyaspartic and polyurea), whereas silica sand, aluminium oxide, coloured quartz and flint silica aggregates can only be used with resin coatings. However, adding your own aggregate gives you control over the result.
3. Non slip nano coating
Appropriate substrates: All.
What it is: An anti slip coating based on nano technology uses the numerous benefits of nano coatings and adds one more by making them non slip, too. A relatively new process, this non slip coating type provides a textured surface on a scale so small it is virtually unnoticeable, but which actually becomes even more non slip when it is wet. These coatings are also durable, waterproof, abrasion resistant, long-lasting, low-maintenance, and non-toxic.
Recommended for: Applications which require a clear, glossy finish and very thin coating profile. Anti slip nano coatings can be used for interior and exterior applications including entryways and ramps, in food preparation areas, in wet-prone areas like spas, swimming pools, and leisure centers.
Where to buy non slip flooring products in Australia?
Nowadays, anti slip coating is available in different shops as well as online. For example Seton Australia is a local provider of anti slip coating for floors and other safety solutions especially for workplaces. Furthermore, other brands such as Dulux offer anti slip coating systems also for households. Below is a table outlining different non slip flooring system varieties, as well their use and prices. If you would like any information about non slip industrial flooring, our experts are here to help. Get in contact through the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of the article and use our 100% free service.
|ANTI SLIP COATING Product||Substrate||Price per (RRP)||Coverage sq.m/L|
|Dy-Mark Tread Rite Slip Resistant Coating||Untreated timber, concrete, primed metal, brick & clay pavers||$160.00 4L||5-10|
|3M Safety-Walk Anti-Slip Peelable Coating 3500||Hard, flat surfaces such as marble, terrazzo, granite, ceramic tiles, polished concrete and vinyl floors||$607.00 10L||4|
|CSW Coatings Non-Slip Paint||Dust free, chemical free porous surfaces||$169.00 12L||3|
|DTA Australia||Ceramic, mosaic and quarry tiles, terrazzo and unpainted concrete floors.||$44.00 1L||1|