Almost daily there are reports of accidents in the workplace arising from slips, trips and falls. Many of these accidents lead to investigations and subsequent compensation claims totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.
Many of these claims, particularly injuries from slip are avoidable by ensuring reasonable precautions are taken to prevent risk to staff and clientele.
The Health and Safety Executive has decreed along with the Slip Resistant standards committees that all floors that are exposed to liquid spillages must have a surface finish which will fall into the Low or Extremely Low Potential for slip category.
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Workplace (HSW) Regulations 1992
This has already been put into effect by many local authorities and retail and leisure groups who insist that all new and refurbished floors meet both wet and dry slip resistance standards in order to reduce the risk of injury and subsequent claims. Failure to do so in some local authorities can mean that trading licences will not be issued until compliant.
In order to ensure floors meet these standards it is strongly recommended that floors are installed/ treated with a coating that meets both wet (B.S.7976-2: 2002) and dry standards.
Until recently coatings for timber floors which meet wet
slip standards have not been available.
This has now changed with the introduction of the new HP Friction + lacquer from Junckers Ltd.
This product has been designed and tested to meet TM2002: 1999 (B.S.7976-2: 2002) for wet slip resistance and can be applied on both new and existing timber floors, immediately reducing the risks to both staff and users.
This product is quick drying (1 hour) and curing (95% after 12 hours) and is fully water based and VOC compliant therefore minimising closure times on existing premises.