Non-Slip Resin Flooring
Non-Slip Resin Floors are a cost effective solution to providing a non-slip / anti-slip / anti-skid / slip resistant surface in a great many commercial and industrial environments.
Slip Resistance Factors for Resin Flooring:
There is however no such thing as a completely ‘Non-Slip Resin Floor’, nor a completely ‘Slip Resistant Resin Floor’, because the ‘Slip Resistance’ of a floor is actually a combination of several factors:-
• The profile of the floor
• The slope of the floor
• The type of footwear or tyres
• The materials or spillages on the floor
• The spillage displacement volume of the floor
• The speed of vehicles or pedestrians
Non-slip Resin Flooring Standards:
There are some different standards and tests that can be used to measure the slip resistance of a specific floor surface where this is required for legal or safety reasons. NCC Resin Flooring Site’s technical experts can advise you on these when and where required, just call any of our offices and one of our resin flooring specialists will be able to assist you.
These slip resistance standards include various different British, German, French, Italian and American standards with both laboratory and on-site tests and testing equipment. Unfortunately these slip resistance standards all have limitations and perceived problems or inefficiencies. Therefore to date none of them has been agreed to form the basis of a new European (EN) or an International (ISO) Quality Standard for slip resistant flooring.
If you would like more guidance on slip resistant floors, then full details of the currently available tests and standards is given in the HSE Information Sheet 03/07, which we have also provided to be viewed or downloaded from this website - see below.
Additionally the German Standard DIN 51330 includes a summary of the required levels of slip resistance for floors that are suitable for use in different industries and areas. This is in terms of the surface slipperiness (R Value) and spillage displacement volume (V value).
This useful and practical guide has been adapted and reproduced by Remmers and is available to view or download from this website see below, usefully these Classifications are also given in each of the Resin Floor System Specifications Sheets that are provided by NCC Resin Flooring Site on request - Any NCC office can provide detailed recommendations on the slip resistance requirements and their correct classifications and specification for your individual project and the different areas within it on request. Please see the examples of resin flooring specifications and their respective slip resistance classifications on our 'Resin Flooring Specifications
Non-Slip Resin Flooring is Common Sense:
However in most situations and indeed by law in the UK, this is generally regarded as a matter of common sense and therefore taking care to reduce the potential risk of any slip hazards; to provide or recommend suitable footwear or tyres; to give clear notification of any risk and to make all users of any given area aware of these risks.
In practise this also means to provide a degree of slip resistance on the floor, which is appropriate to that areas specific environment; plus to ensure that any finished floor treatments, such as cleaning and polishing regimes, are appropriate; then finally and perhaps most obviously to ensure that any spillages on the floor are quickly and thoroughly cleaned up.
A suitable non-slip floor surface for any given type of industrial or commercial area is usually best achieved by creating a slip resistant profile in the selected resin floor. This is done by using broadcast or incorporated specially graded sands, synthetic aggregates or polypropylene beads. This establishes a uniform surface profile that is sufficiently 'profiled' or textured to increase the slip resistance to the desired degree. The floor is still effectively also smooth and appropriately sealed to prevent creation of a dangerously rough and abrasive surface, plus this also allows easy cleaning in situations with wet conditions or spillages on the floor. Often selecting the size and grading of these aggregates is a matter for practical experience and a full understanding of the proposed non-slip resin floor materials and the areas specified requirements and standards.
The resin flooring specialists in any of our offices are available to help you make the right decisions for your non-slip resin flooring requirements. Please call any of our offices and they will be pleased to provide detailed recommendations for your specific project.
Available No-Slip Resin Flooring Download Documents
HSE - Technical Information Sheet
Remmers - Slip Resistant Floor Coatings