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Anti-Slip Tapes and Strips: A Cost-Effective Floor Safety Solution

Floor safety is a significant contributor to workplace accidents, and depending on the industry, slips, trips and calls can lead to serious injuries - even death. UK health and safety legislation places a duty of care on employers to ensure the safety of their workforce, making floor safety a legal obligation as well as a moral one. Anti-slip tapes and strips can help employers to take the necessary steps towards better floor safety in the form of a cost-effective solution.

At Safety Buyer, we understand the importance of preventing workplace accidents, and we’re here to guide you through the benefits of these simple yet effective safety enhancements.

What are anti-slip tapes and strips?

Anti-slip tapes and strips are designed to provide extra traction on surfaces where there is a potential for slips and falls. Available in various grades, materials, and dimensions, they can be applied to a range of surfaces to enhance grip. These products are not only durable but are designed to be resistant to wear and tear, and they require minimal effort to install and maintain.

Advantages of anti-slip tapes and strips

Anti-slip tape and strips are straightforward and effective solutions to basic floor safety hazards. They serve as an economical alternative to expensive floor modifications, delivering reliable safety measures without a hefty price tag.

Non-slip tape and strip products are designed for quick application, featuring a strong adhesive backing that adheres firmly to a clean surface. This means you can improve the safety of your premises on short notice.

The versatility of anti-slip tapes and strips means they are suitable for a wide array of settings, from the moisture-prone floors of a swimming pool area to the high-traffic aisles of a warehouse. They come in a range of colours and patterns that can serve dual purposes - not only improving safety but also aiding in organisational zoning and navigation.

Designed to endure, anti-slip tape and strips can resist wear, maintaining their anti-slip properties even in harsh conditions, including exposure to water and chemical substances. Maintenance is just as convenient, requiring only regular cleaning to preserve their effectiveness, thereby ensuring a lasting grip.

Applications of anti-slip tapes and strips

Anti-slip tapes and strips are a versatile addition to any risk management plan. Their applications span across various industries and environments, adapting to the unique challenges each setting presents.

  • In the industrial sector, adhesive anti-slip tape and strips are often applied in factories and warehouses, where the movement of heavy machinery and the spillage of liquids are common. Here, they mark out safe pathways and highlight steps or changes in elevation that might otherwise be a trip hazard.
  • The busy aisles, freshly mopped floors, and entrance areas of retail premises that can become slippery when wet are all areas of concern. In these spaces, the anti-slip tape and strips can prevent slips and guide shoppers through the store.
  • Hospitals and care homes often utilise anti-slip products to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff. They are particularly useful in areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as in corridors where the quick, safe transport of patients is essential.
  • Educational premises apply these tapes in hallways, cafeterias, and especially in sports halls where the floor may become slick from perspiration or the outdoor elements that are brought in on shoes. They ensure the safety of students and faculty alike.
  • For office buildings, clear and subtle anti-slip strips can maintain the aesthetic while ensuring that the workplace remains free of slip hazards, especially in entryways, canteens, and near washrooms.
  • Outdoor applications include stairs, ramps and walkways that can become treacherously slippery due to rain, snow or ice. Slip-resistant tapes and strips designed for outdoor use are durable enough to withstand the elements with strong self-adhesive backing, while providing essential traction.
  • The transport sector uses these products extensively. On buses, trains, and at transportation hubs, they mark the edges of platforms and steps to help prevent missteps and falls in areas that see thousands of commuters daily.
  • Anti-slip solutions are essential for kitchens, bars, and washrooms, where spills are common and the risk of slips is high. They also play a role in maintaining safety around pools and other leisure facilities.

These tapes and strips can also be used in various temporary settings. During events, construction, or in any situation where temporary safety solutions are needed, anti-slip products can be quickly applied and removed, usually without leaving residue, making them an ideal solution for short-term applications.

Installation and maintenance

Installing anti-slip tapes and strips is straightforward. It requires a clean and dry surface for optimal adhesion. We'll walk you through the process of preparing your floors, applying the product, and ensuring it maintains its grip over time. Regular maintenance checks to make sure tape is not peeling in a way that could create a trip hazard, and that it is replaced when it needs to be, can significantly extend the lifespan of your anti-slip solutions.

Selecting the right anti-slip solution for your needs

Choosing the appropriate anti-slip product involves assessing your workplace's specific requirements, including foot traffic volume and environmental conditions. If you are employing staff to work in any of the sectors above, you should consider both the obvious and less visible hazards that could be alleviated with the use of anti-slip tape and strips.

Quality and certification are vital to ensure that the products meet safety standards. Safety Buyer offers a variety of options, and we’re always available to provide expert advice to meet your needs. To learn more, browse our store today, or simply call us on 0800 043 0161.

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