Increased safety and reduced slips with anti slip paint
Slips and trips are a serious problem, both at home and in the workplace. In the Philippines, slips and trips account for a great number of all workplace injuries, and most accidents involve slips. If you are an employer, you have duty of care to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and are liable if you neglect it. Fortunately there is a simple remedy: a a non slip paint or non slip coating is easily applied and effective in preventing slip-caused injuries.
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 a non slip paint. Here we will provide you with all the information you need to determine which anti slip coating solution is right for your project, and help you find the anti slip product you need.
Choosing the right type of anti slip paint based on use and substrate
How you choose your non slip coating depends upon a number of factors. Non slip paints are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your paint therefore, it is paramount that you keep in mind:
- Your substrate type
- Your substrate’s environment
- The intended end use
Once you know exactly what you need from your coating, you need to understand the demands of each coating type. Non slip coating 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. Here below you can see which coatings are suitable for which substrate types.
Often a two component coating system. Adding anti slip rubber beads or granular component roughens the substrate. Metal anti slip paint is easy to clean, practically odourless, resistant to chemicals and can withstand mechanical loads. The anti slip coatings for metal are usually premixed systems which include anti slip additive. It is also possible to purchase a coating and additive separately and mix those prior to application or sprinkle the additive on a wet layer of the coating. Separate coating and additive give you the freedom to control the roughness of the wend result.
Used on: Offshore decks and platforms – Metal stairs – Galleries – Bridges
Ensures safety but also has other added benefits. It is for example water and dirt repellent, thus easy to clean. Available in many colours which can contribute to safety. For example bright yellow to enhance visibility on steps or factory floor zones. The non slip paint products for concrete exist as premixed and separate coating + additive systems. Some manufacturers have also developed systems which take advantage of the natural structure of concrete; they corrode the concrete surface making it rougher. Note that the concrete requires sealing after being treated with such a system.
Used on: Factory floors – Parking lots – Balconies – Commercial floors – stairs
There are suitable coating systems for all types of wood (hard and soft) and with subtle particles (in a decking oil or stain) or heavy grade (visible) roughening aggregates. Some coatings also provide added weather and mould protection for wooden substrates. These coatings exist as premixed and ‘post-mixed’ systems which are available as opaque and clear anti slip paint. Light traffic wooden surfaces can also benefit from nano anti slip paints which create an invisible yet slip resistant layer on for example wooden decking. Keep in mind that the nano products are not the best wehn abrasion resistance is required.
Used on: Bridges – Decking – Stairs – Boat decks
Slip resistance requirements and testing in the Philippines
The slip resistance of flooring needs to comply with specific standards and an anti slip paint can help achieve the certain level of resistance. In the Philippines one of the most common tools to define ‘slippery’ is standard defined by Pendulum Testing. This is a test method that measures coefficient of friction and mimics a heel slipping on a floor. The test results in exact Pendulum Test Values, also known as PTVs. Here below you can find the PTVs and associated slip risk indications.
- PTV 36+, low slip risk: a 1 in a million slip probability
- PTV 25-35, moderate slip risk: 1 in 200 slip probability
- PTV 0-24, high slip risk: 1 in 2 slip probability (PTV 20)
For information about meeting the slip resistance standards in the Philippines with a anti slip paint, do not hesitate to contact us. We, together with our partners will find you the most suitable non slip product!