Slips/ falls in work place environment and civil environments can result in serious injuries the employees and general public. Instances of slip injuries are common place and can lead to large compensation claims.
The severity of slip and fall injuries can range from minor injuries to the most severe of all (death). It is therefore absolutely essential that workplaces have suitable provisions in place to prevent slip accidents from occuring.
The most effective and cost effective method of preventing slip injuries on slippery surface or potential slippery area is via use of anti slip tape or non slip tape. Anti slip tape are simply adhered direct to the hazardous/ potentially hazardous area. Providing the hazardous substrate is cleaned/ prepared correctly prior to application of the anti slip tape, the anti slip tape will provide years of anti slip protection. Assuming a quality anti slip tape is purchased. High quality anti slip tapes can be purchased from specialist supplier TGSI Pty Ltd.
Non slip tapes consist of 5 main components: adhesive, aluminium oxide grit, binder, color pigment and adhesive/ grit carrier strip (generally made of PVC or aluminium foil). PVC based anti slip tapes are for general purpose use. Aluminium foil based anti slip tapes are conformable with substrate and used when substrate is not smooth (eg. aluminium checker plate etc.)
Quality anti slip tapes will use pressure sensitive acyrilic adhesive, and only the finest quality aluminium oxide grit, colorings and binder. Anti slip tapes are applied via peel and stick application and will stick to most substrates.
Some anti slip tapes will not incorperate aluminium oxide as slip resistant agent, but instead be made of textured PVC (or PVC embossed). PVC embossed anti slip tapes are particulary usefull in areas frequented by bare foot traffic.
Images of aluminium foil based anti slip tape, 100mm wide X 20 meter roll:
Areas where use of non slip tape is effective in preventing slip and fall accidents in the work place or civil environments include: ramps, steps, vehicle running boards, radder rungs, shower and bath areas, slippery surfaces, boats, recreational vehicles/ facilities, decks, industrial equipment etc.
For the finest quality hard wearing industrial grade anti slip tapes, available in standard anti slip tape, PVC embossed and foil based, in various grit grades, widths and colors, TGSI Pty Ltd is a recommended supplier to Australian consumers.